4 Easy Ways to Give Yourself a Facial Massage
Skin pros swear by facial massage. Here’s how to do it yourself
At-Home Facial Massage
Our underlying facial muscles contribute to the look and vitality of our skin. While products can only treat the skin's structure, facial massage works on underlying muscles, says Mary Tsampiras, national training manager for Shiseido. "Skin has memory, so it maintains lift and contour with regular massage. Other benefits include improved microcirculation to promote radiance, clarity and luminosity." Trying this at home? Régine Berthelot, lead aesthetician for Caudalie, says it's important to keep in mind that we can't manipulate the face in the same way that trained aestheticians do. "Your brain expects it, so your muscles won't relax as much," she says, "but it will still help the product penetrate and improve circulation."
Click through for four at-home facial massage techniques.
Using Your Hands
While cleansing, try using your entire palm instead of just your fingertips and in large, sweeping motions rather than tiny circles. A hand-held roller tool can also boost your at-home facial massage experience.
Shiseido Facial Massage Roller, $195
Target beauty acupuncture points with this waterproof tool, featuring platinum-coated rollers to lift and firm.
Power Up: Use with Shiseido Firming Massage Mask, $58 at Hudson's Bay and thebay.com
Clinique Sonic System Massaging Treatment Applicator, $41
The metal applicator is cool to the touch to immediately refresh skin, while the massaging action improves microcirculation and helps the product penetrate skin.
Power Up: Use with Clinique Sculptwear Contouring Massage Cream Mask, $53 at Sephora and sephora.ca
Racinne Lady S, $199
This high-tech device delivers a clinical facial right at home and features five unique components including heat therapy and microcurrent. It has two settings: one for wrinkle care and one for skin elasticity. It promises to soften fine lines and wrinkles, tone and sculpt features and even diminish hyperpigmentation, yet it's so gentle that it can be used on your delicate eye area.
Power Up: Use with Racinne Ultimate Youth Power Eye Serum, $61 at racinne.ca