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Facial Massages 101 - What They Do, How to Perform Them

Better than Botox, they say. It makes sense since the face is full of pressure points. Facial massages are the next best thing to going under the knife, but safer and much less invasive.

Whether you are looking for a pamper day or a luxurious pick-me-up, facial massages are both relaxing and beneficial to the skin.

Facial massages can improve one’s mood by decreasing anxiety. This is done by stimulating the pleasure points, according to a study conducted by the User Science Institute. Results showed that 45 minutes of facial massages not only improved anxiety levels, it also elevated serotonin levels temporarily.

Chronic stress causes inflammation within the body, along with muscle tension. Lines form around the eyebrows, foreheads furrow, lip lines crumple—can anybody say wrinkles? Gentle facial massages relax tensed muscles and prevent lines from forming. Combined with the right moisturizer, facial massages can also combat dryness.

Aestheticians and make-up artists have been giving clients a facial rub, especially before a red carpet event. This is a particularly common sight during early call times when models are not quite awake and still a bit puffy from sleep. Some make-up artists refer to facial massages as “coffee for the skin.”

So why aren’t we all doing facial massages (and spending a lot less cash on blush, brighteners, undereye creams and anti-aging creams)? Especially when it’s so easy and free to do at home? It’s a no-brainer, really.

To do it at home, simply follow these directions while applying something that will your fingers to move easily over your skin. Some use cleansers while others prefer oils. Use whatever works best for your skin. If you’re not sure, experiment with a few options.


Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Cocoa Butter

1. Massage the cheeks in big circles. Use the back of the knuckles or the ring fingers, always moving upward.
2. On one side of the face, rub smaller circles from the jawline up to the cheekbone. Do a few circuits of this before continuing on to the other side.
3. Smile and take note of where your smile lines are. Massage those areas in upward strokes, from the corners of your lips to the corners of your nose bridge.
4. Lightly lift one of your brows to slightly open up the eye area. Rub small circles from the eye socket towards the temple area and then continue on to the forehead.
5. Use your index fingers to do scissor motions along the chin and cupid’s bow to plump up your lips by stimulating blood flow.
6. To finish, lightly tap your whole face with all your fingers lightly. They should be very gentle, barely putting any pressure onto the face.