Just like how our body benefits from a good massage after a long day or a workout, our face benefits from a facial massage too. After all, the skin on our face goes through quite an ordeal on a daily basis. From sun exposure, pollution and the natural process of ageing, it is safe to say that it deserves a lot of pampering.
The best way to do this is with a facial massage that not only helps to release tension and relax the muscles, but it also lifts, tones and sculpts your face! The best part is you can follow these simple facial massages for a natural face lift at the comfort of your home!
How to lift your face naturally at home
These massage techniques will increase your circulation and blood flow (which brings more oxygen to the area massaged to repair skin tissue), and help with the production of collagen and elasticity in your skin (which is a natural form of anti-aging):
Lymphatic drainage massageYou may have seen the popularity of gua sha rise again in recent years, and for a good reason too. Gua sha is a form of lymphatic drainage massage, where the gua sha tool is used to apply pressure and scrape your skin. According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, gua sha helps to stimulate blood circulation and reduce puffiness caused by lymphatic buildups.
For this, you will need a gua sha tool or the trusty jade roller. You may begin the lymphatic drainage massage by:
- Applying your favourite moisturiser or oil all over your face and neck.
- Using the gua sha or jade roller to scrape or roll starting from the middle of your face and slowly moving outwards.
- Following the contours of your face and finishing off the massage on the outer sides of your face such as your jawline.
Anti-wrinkle facial massageIf you are more concerned about the wrinkles that have started to appear on your face, then you will benefit from this very simple yet effective technique. Here is how you can do it at home:
- Apply your favourite moisturiser or oil all over your face.
- Use your middle finger to apply pressure to the middle of your forehead for three seconds, which will help to smooth lines there as well as get rid of stress and headaches. Repeat this technique three times, and if preferred, you can reach for the spot between your eyebrows.
- Use your index finger to apply some pressure on the bridge of your nose, right below the inner corner of your eyes, for five seconds. This will help with diminishing the appearance of crow’s feet and dark circles. Repeat this three times.
Anti-aging facial massageWant to firm up your skin? Do this anti-aging facial massage each time you cleanse and moisturise your face:
- After applying your moisturiser or oil, sweep your fingers down to the bridge of your nose and then under the eyes and outward in a gentle, fluid motion.
- Next, concentrate your fingers on your cheekbones and sweep outwards before repeating the same under your cheekbones.
- Moving on to the forehead, sweep from the centre of the forehead and move upwards toward your hairline.
- For the chin, use your index finger to sweep from the bottom of your lips down to your jawline and up toward the ears.
- Last but not least, do light and quick sweeping motions up your neck and toward your jawline to lift the skin, before using small, circular movements with your fingers on the centre of your decolletage to smooth wrinkles.
Korean V-Shape massageThis massage technique combines the lymphatic drainage massage and the anti-aging one, though it mostly focuses on achieving that sharp jawline that we all covet. Here is how you can do it:
- Massage the sides of your jawline with your knuckles. Start from your chin and move towards your ears.
- Then, massage your neck from the ear to the collarbone – also with your knuckles.
- Next, massage your cheeks with two knuckles, starting from the bridge of your nose to your hairline.
- Move your fingers to your eyebrows and start massaging from the inner brows and slowly make your way to your temples.
- Gently press the lower half of your cheeks with the palm of your hand, and massage in a rotating motion. Repeat this on your cheeks but in an upward lifting motion.
Complement your at-home facelift routine with a skin lifting treatment like Ultherapy
Facial massages are one of the best home remedies for a facelift, but a non-invasive and non-surgical skin lifting treatment like Ultherapy will be able to provide faster and lasting results.
Ultherapy uses micro-focused ultrasound with real-time imaging or visualisation (MFU-V) to deliver ultrasound energy deep within the skin to stimulate the skin’s new collagen and elastin production, which will then provide a lifted and firming effect on the face, neck and decolletage. This treatment will take years off your face, prevent sagginess and deliver results that will look better in time.