This week, for Natural Fridays, I have a post specifically for massage junkies. I would like to introduce my 7-Step Facial Massge; something I've learnt from my mommy dearest. You can check out some of my other mommy's beauty advices
in a previous post.
I really enjoy massages but sadly I seldom have time for one. So this DIY facial massage really comes in handy - that's it if I don't forget to do it myself. But I find each time after this facial massage, I feel so much more relaxed. Coupled with a nice bubble bath, ah, just heavenly.
Besides the feel good factor, according to mommy, she says that this facial massage is helpful in promoting blood circulation, draining toxins from the face and stimulating the production of collagen under your skin. Bonus is, it also helps to stimulate some acupressure points along the face. Did you also know that Lucy Liu relies on acupuncture for maintaining her radiant skin? Well, looking at how radiant she looks, I guess I'm sold on the idea of acupuncture. But, I'm afraid of the pain, I'll just stick to this facial massage then.
Here is a step by step guide for my 7-step facial massage:
Gently pinch your eyebrows by squeezing between your thumb and index finger. Pinch your eyebrows along from the beginning of your brow till the end. Do it for about 30 times or more as you wish. This helps to elevate stress around the eye area.
Apply some pressure by squeezing along the entire eyebrow
with your index fingers. Repeat this for about 30 times. Steps 1 and 2 helps to relieve dark eye circles
Lightly squeeze the little area between your eyes. Don't press too hard or you will have a stubborn red mark there. [Sometimes, I press it abit too zealously, I end up looking like I've developed a 3rd eye] The skin here is rather senstive and gets red very quickly. This step helps to destress tired eyes especially. You can repeat it for about 10-15 times.
Make little circular motions on your temples lightly. Let the circular motions be directed outwards, moving from the insides of your temples which are nearest to the eyes towards your hairline each time. Repeat the circular motions for about 30 times to relief stress. [I love to do this everytime I'm having a long, tiring day at work.]
Slightly part your mouth like you're saying 'O' then press lightly on the cheeks. Repeat this for 30 times. This step helps to improve blood circulation, keeping cheeks firm and radiant.
From the sides of the nose, sweep the face in outward strokes with your fingers. Repeat this for about 30 times too. Make the strokes upwards from the sides of your nose towards the cheekbones gently and dont overpull the skin. This helps to drain toxins and water retention. Also, it helps to elevate sinus blockage. For further sinus relief, lightly rub and apply pressure at the areas at the along the sides of the nose. [This always helps when I'm having a sinus attack]
Run your fingers by applying slight pressure along your entire jawline, starting from your chin till your ears. Repeat for about 30 times. This helps to release stress along the jawline. We are usually unaware of how much tension we apply to the jawline throughout the day, as sometimes we tend to clench our teeth unknowingly.
Voila, you should feel more relaxed now. Literally feel the pressure melt away from your face. Of course, you can always get a good facial massage at any beauty salon. However, in defence for this 7-step massage, it's great for people who're too busy for beauty appointments. It's totally fuss free and you can do it yourself anytime and anywhere. For some quality time, you and your man can take turns to massage each other. Just a thought, tick tock. Have a good weekend!
Labels: Dark Eye Circles, Facial Massage, Skincare Tips