By Adria Schmedthorst
If you haven’t already incorporated facial massages into your skincare routine, you (and your skin) are missing out! In fact, practicing a regular facial massage three to five times per week is the easiest and best way to reveal your gorgeous cheekbones, banish puffiness, accelerate the circulation that feeds your skin and makes your complexion glow, and gives you an instant facelift. And since it can be done at home in just a few minutes, it’s an inexpensive way to look your best every time you step out your front door.
That’s why we’re bringing you the steps to our favorite lift and sculpt massage of all time so that you can start grabbing all of its skin-beautifying benefits.
First ladies, you want to remember that even though you’re massaging your face, pulling on your skin is a recipe for lines and wrinkles. This puts tugging on dry skin on your do-not list. So the first step of any facial massage is to apply your favorite oil or serum to turn your facial massage from a tug to a glide. Some of our favorite oils for getting your skin ready for the magic of massage come from Sunday Riley because you can choose the oil that works best for your skin type, the effects you want to achieve, and the time of day you’re doing the massage.
Infused with chamomile and blue tansy essential oils, this night oil turns facial massage into the
perfect bedtime ritual.
Milk thistle, black cumin, and salicylic acid combine to clear acne and blackhead-causing
buildup and debris from congested pores for smoother, blemish-free skin.
An elixir formulated with argan, apricot kernel, pumpkin, and rosehip that sinks right into your skin and creates a plumped complexion.
Next, you’ll want to choose a gua sha tool. These tools are perfect for relieving tension in your facial muscles, revving up your circulation, and encouraging lymphatic drainage to send those bags under your eyes packing. And remember, gua sha is as much an act of self-care as facial massage, so choose one that makes you happy just to look at it! Ones we love are:
For your lift and sculpt massage, repeat each move below 6 – 12 times per side.
1. Start by sweeping your gua sha stone out from the center of your forehead across the tops of your eyebrows, one side at a time.
2. Next, sweep the tool along the lower side of your eyebrow, from the inner corner to your temple to drain puffiness from your brow area.
3. Contour your under-eye by gently sweeping from your outer eye, inward holding for three seconds, when you reach your eye’s inner corner.
4. Help your cheekbones stand out by working from your nasolabial folds outward, under your cheekbone, while applying a light lift.
5. Contour and drain by sweeping from the corner of your mouth toward your earlobe on each side.
6. Work from the center of your chin, along your lower jawline out to your ear.
7. Sweep the tool down each side of your neck to complete your lymphatic drainage.
So get your gua sha on and grab all of the lifting and sculpting benefits facial massage has to offer!