In the middle of lockdowns and curfews, there’s no way you could go to the salon or spa. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look after your skin and beauty routine by yourself. So, why not have a relaxing spa day at home instead! We even have the best massage tips to help you out with that. But before that, let’s get to know a little bit more about facial massage. About facial massage Facial massage primarily uses the principles of body massage and uses it for facial muscles. This reaps numerous benefits for not only the structure of the face but for the skin as well. Here are some amazing benefits of facial massage: Lifts your skin Facial massage helps to lift as well as plump your skin. It helps to tone the muscles present under your skin and release tension from your facial muscles. This is perhaps one of the most popularly known benefits of facial massage. If you massage your face consistently then it will strengthen your skin and lift it considerably. Increases blood circulation Your skin requires a lot of oxygen and nutrients and increased blood circulation will provide it with that. A study shows that even a 5-minute facial massage can increase blood flow for about 10 minutes. More blood flow also means a prominent radiance and glow inside out. And in a long-term perspective, increased blood flow boosts collagen and elastin production, which is beneficial. Facial rejuvenation Facial massage tends to help greatly with problems like wrinkles, acne, management of scar tissue, etc. As it curbs all these issues, it helps immensely with facial rejuvenation. Activates the lymphatic system The lymphatic system is basically like our body’s garbage disposal. It functions to remove toxins and wastes from bodily tissues which include our skin as well. Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique designed for that. It helps to promote a healthy flow of lymph fluids throughout the body. It focuses especially on the lymph nodes and minimizes puffing and swelling of your skin. Facial massage tips Try these facial massage tips at home regularly and consistently and watch your skin bloom! Start with a clean base It is extremely important to always start with a clean base. So, first things first, wash your hands properly. This will ensure that you don’t accidentally transfer any dirt or bacteria to your face. Now, prep your skin by cleansing it and removing all makeup (if you have any on). Warm the product in your hands Make sure you’re using a trusted skin product that suits your skin type or one recommended by your dermatologist. Now, take a small amount of the facial serum or oil because you don’t want to overdo it. Apply a little on your palms first and then rub it for some seconds. That will evenly distribute it over your hands and fingertips and warm it as well. You could even put a few drops on the back of your palm and simply spread it before application. Application Now, onto the main part. When it comes to applying the product, make sure you don’t rub it too hard or go rough. While applying it, use firm pressure but slowly and gently. Start by massaging the lymph area. The lymph nodes are located under your ears and the sides of your neck. In wide circular motions, massage the area from under your ears to your throat and then back to your jawline. Now, in similar circular motions, softly knead the sides of your face and up over your cheekbones. The key aspect is to push your skin up and not downwards. Simply repeat this for about 2-3 minutes, especially in the areas that you feel hold the most tension. Facial massage by using tools You could also use tools for your facial massage. You could go with a jade roller for a great facial massage. This too helps with blood circulation, soothes and cools your skin, and evenly distributes the product across your skin. You can use this daily for the best results. Gua sha This is yet another great facial massage tool you can use. After applying the product to your face, use the upper side of the gua sha with light pressure to massage. Using this 2-3 times a week should do the trick for your face. Facial massage with a face mask If you’re big on using face masks then this should work perfectly for you. Cleanse your face and put a sheet mask on it. Then, with the help of a facial roller, gently massage your face. Roll it in circular motions under your eyes, around your cheekbones, your forehead, and any part that holds tension. Things to keep in mind There are a bunch of things one should always keep in mind while massaging their face: Don’t put too much pressure. You need to apply light pressure while gently massaging your face or you might irritate your skin. Redness is often normal so don’t be alarmed. But if the redness is accompanied by itching and doesn’t go away in some time, then maybe call your dermat.If you can avoid going out in the heat after a facial massage, then try avoiding the sun.Don’t exfoliate or put makeup on right away. The best way would be to wait for at least a day or two before putting on makeup and exfoliate weekly. Moisturize your skin thoroughly. A gentle face moisturizer is your way to go after a facial massage. Avoid picking at your skin at all costs before or after a facial. And avoid doing that even normally. Last but not the least, stay hydrated. It is really important to stay hydrated and keep your skin hydrated. If you want to see promising results, it is highly recommended to regularly do a facial massage. And with good quality products and these amazing massage tips, you’re all set!