It is 2021 and if you did not add taking care of yourself to the list of your new year’s resolution, then you should do that now!
Today, we are talking about something every woman should take out time to do – not just for her skin, but for her total wellbeing.
It is no news that a facial massage can be very relaxing.
The question I am asking you today is, “when last did you have a facial massage?” And I don’t mean applying a beauty soap and then slapping on some moisturizer.
How often do you treat yourself to a spa-like facial massage? I agree, some of us do not have the luxury of going to the spa every week, but the good news is you can do it at home, and still achieve the same rejuvenating and glowing results.
How can you achieve that? Just keep on reading to find out.
How to treat yourself to a spa-like facial massage at home.
Here are the steps you need to pamper your skin with a full facial massage.
Prep for the massage
Before you begin anything there are some things you should put in place.
Make sure that your hair is tied to the back to prevent hair strands from falling on your skin during the massage. Also, wash your hands with an anti-bacterial soap. The last thing you want is the germs from your hands getting to your skin pores. That could lead to skin irritation and clogged pores.
Pick out the skin care product you will use for the massage. You should use a product that has a good slip like a serum or oil. Also, make sure that the product is suitable for your skin type.
Once you have done that, you can move on to the next step.
Steam your face
If it were to be a daily massage routine, this would not be necessary. But we are going for a spa-like feel here, so you need to steam your face.
Facial steaming helps to soften your skin and loosens all the dirt, dust, oils, etc., clogging your skin pores. It helps your skin pores to absorb skincare products better.
How do you steam your skin?
Fill a bowl with hot water and place your face over the bowl (not too close to avoid burns). Drape a towel over your head and the bowl. Do this for a few seconds at a time.
For a more detailed guide on facial steaming, please click this article: How to Steam Your Face for Clearer and Smoother Skin
Double cleanse your skin
The last thing you want to do is massage dirty skin.
So, cleanse your skin. However, this time, we are double cleansing.
Just as the name suggests, when you double cleanse your skin, you cleanse it twice. First, you cleanse with an oil-based cleanser, wash off and then, follow up with a water-based cleanser.
The oil-based cleanser melts away excess oil, makeup, dead skin cells, dirt, etc. while keeping your skin barrier intact. The water-based cleanser cleanses deeper into your skin pores and hydrates your skin.
Remember to buy cleansers that are suitable to your skin type.
Get your face mask on
Before you massage, you need to treat your skin to a face mask.
There are different face masks you can choose from. You should choose your face mask based on whatever skin problems you currently have.
If you have oily and acne-prone skin, use a clay mask or one that contains vitamin C. On the other hand, if your skin is dry or flaky, a face mask formulated for hydrating the skin will be the best choice.
If you do not have a face mask, you can make one yourself.
All you need is one tablespoon of whole milk, three tablespoons of ground oats, and one tablespoon of honey. Pour all the ingredients in a bowl and stir thoroughly. Apply the mix on your face and leave it for 10 minutes before washing off with warm water.
Massage your skin
Finally, we are at the most interesting part of today’s gist.
Here are the steps to massaging your face.
- Put a dime-sized portion of your skin care product in your palm. Rub the product in-between both palms to spread it over your hands and fingertips.
- Forehead: Place your fingertips above your eyebrows and gently push them up to the top of your forehead. Do this seven times.
- Eyebrows: Pinch your brows gently with your thumb and index finger. Move your fingers along your brows from the inner part to the outer part and pinch your brows four times while doing that. Repeat this seven times.
- Eyes: Place the fingertips of your index and middle fingers on your temples. Massage gently for a few seconds and move your fingers under your eye area, towards the bridge of your nose. Go up, over your eyebrows, and stop at the back of your temple. Do this seven times.
- Cheekbones: Make the peace sign with the middle and index fingers of your left hand. Place your index finger above your upper lip and your middle finger below your lower lip. Gently pull both fingers towards your ear at the same time. Move to your left hand and repeat.
- Jawline: Using your index and ring fingers, gently massage your jaw in circular motions towards your chin. Repeat this as many times as you want – at least until the jaw relaxes.
Note: If you want to increase your skin’s firmness, you should use deep, stimulating motions. But if your skin is sensitive, a light touch with less pressure is better.
With these, you have completed your facial massage.
Now over to you…
When last did you have a facial massage? Have you ever done an elaborate massage like this before? Leave a comment and let’s talk. I always love to hear from you.