Relieve stress with a facial massage
Prioritising your skincare and introducing a facial massage into your daily routine is a great way of relieving stress and anxious thoughts especially in the current climate. Stress can manifest itself in our skin as well as facial tension which can cause feelings of tightness and redness.
With 300 pressure points on the face that connect to every part of your body you can improve your overall wellbeing through a small lifestyle change. There’s really no need to be an expert- in a few simple steps you can boost your mood and complexion from the comfort of your own home.
The key benefits of a massage include more than just stress relief…
- Helps reduce stress and lifts your mood
Research has shown that facial massages can reduce feelings of anxiety, lift your mood and help you relax, even improving your sleep. By relieving muscle tension and activating the sympathetic nervous system this can have a holistic effect on your whole body and general wellbeing.
- Improves appearance of skin
As well as the relaxation benefits, increased blood circulation means more nutrients and oxygen are being carried to the skin, stimulating collagen production and a natural glow. As well as this it can help reduce blemishes through the gentle removal of dead skin cells.
- Removes Toxins
A massage can help remove the build up of unwanted toxins by activating your lymph nodes, they are part of a system that help cleanse and flush away waste, in turn reducing puffiness and a dullness.
Incorporate these massage techniques into your everyday skincare routine, morning or evening.
Step 1: Make sure your hands and face are cleansed
Step 2: Use a drop of moisteriser or oil before throughout the steps
Step 3: Start by massaging your temples in a circular motion.
Step 4: Press your palm on your forehead in between your brows and move slowly in a circular motion.
Step 5: Gently sweep both sides of your palms across from the centre of your face out to your cheek bones
Step 6: Gently pinch your cheeks down to your jawline
Step 7: Massage your jaw line in circular motions, starting from the bottom up
Step 8: Massage your neck in a sweeping motion from the jaw line down to the collar bone
For an quick, easy to follow guide watch the how to video where you can follow the techniques step by step.
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Author – Sara Poidevin-Hill