The best thing about facial massages is that you can get it anytime, anywhere! But nothing beats getting a facial massage done by your favorite esthetician or at the spa. You get to relax and at the same time reap all the incredible benefits of a facial massage.
Some of The Different Types of Facial Massages
There are a lot of options when it comes to facial massages. All of which you can do at home by yourself or with the help of a professional.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
This gentle type of facial massage helps strengthen the immune system by removing wastes and toxins from our body. Some medical conditions can hinder the flow of lymph and cause fluids to build up in certain areas of the body. This type of massage can reduce the swelling and improve circulation in the lymphatic system. It is advisable though that you consult a doctor first before you DIY this type of massage since it is not recommended for people with certain medical conditions.
Reflexology is a practice that has been around for many centuries. It is based around the concept that certain pressure points are connected to the different organs in our body. This doesn’t mean that reflexology massage directly affects the organs. Instead, it affects the brain’s areas that are responsible for regulating those organs.
Although scientific studies on facial reflexology proves to be lacking, there are still some benefits you can reap from this facial massage such as lowered stress and anxiety, improved sleep, and better overall health.
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese healing method that uses a smooth-edged tool to apply pressure and scrape the skin in order to relieve pain and tension, and improve blood circulation. The Chinese believe that “chi”, the energy that flows through the body should be balanced to ensure good health. It is also believed that chi can become blocked and cause inflammation or tension in the muscles. The purpose of Gua Sha is to move stagnant energy to relieve pain and encourage healing.
Swedish Facial Massage
Perhaps the most popular and widely practiced type of massage is the Swedish massage. This type of facial massage uses hands to manipulate the muscles and joints, increase blood circulation, and decrease muscle tension.
Anma is a traditional Japanese massage that is a bit similar to the Swedish massage since it uses practically the same method of kneading, squeezing, and stroking. However, as a facial massage, the anma facial contour tool is commonly used for lymphatic drainage and fascia release.
Benefits of Facial Massages
Improves blood circulation
A good blood circulation means better oxygen flow, giving you a brighter and glowing complexion.
Of course, if you have good blood and oxygen flow, the anti-aging effects follows. More blood flow helps increase collagen production. Regular facial massages can also help release tension in your face muscles, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.
Helps skin absorb skin care products better
The best time to do a DIY facial massage is when you’re doing your skincare routine, especially when you’re applying moisturizer or serum. This will help the product penetrate your skin and increase the effectiveness of the skincare ingredients.
Alleviates headaches and sinus problems
Massaging pressure points can help reduce headache and even sinus pain and congestion.
If you’ve had a facial massage before, then this doesn’t need further explanation, but for those who haven’t experienced it yet, a facial massage releases tension in your face, head, neck, and scalp. Areas where many people carry their stress. It’s very relaxing and invigorating.
There are also a lot of facial massage tools available in the market if you want to go the DIY route. Some of the more popular ones are the jade roller, face roller, and the anma facial contour tool. Just remember to cleanse your face first before doing a facial massage on yourself and to never massage over a breakout. You don’t want to be spreading dirt and bacteria all over your face.
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I had previously only experienced facial massage as part of a body massage which only lasted for a handful of seconds. The the idea of a full-hour of attention to my face alone is something I look forward to. I think this would make the best gift to self ever!