Booking yourself in for a deep tissue facial massage is a great way to keep your skin looking its best. But it's not always easy to find the time or the money to do that as often as we'd like. What's more, experts say that for the maximum benefits from face massage you really need them little and often. Too much stimulation (20mins or more) has been found to overstimulate the skin cells and cause breakouts for some people. Our answer - give yourself a little bit of massage time before bed using your After Dark Face Oil. Just five minutes every night can help your skin to look plump, glowing and full of life.
Four ways a nightly DIY facial massage can benefit you
Relieves tension Tense facial muscles puts strain on the skin and can lead to wrinkles. Gentles smoothing the surface of the skin for a few minutes daily helps muscles to relax. Gentle touch of any kind is also naturally calming so as well as helping muscles to ease relaxing it will help your mind to relax too.
Increases circulation Massage stimulates the blood flow to the skin increasing oxygen and nutrient delivery to all your skins cells. In turn this encourages prosecution of collagen - the building block of healthy skin that keeps it looks youthful and plump.
Removes toxins Alongside the network of blood vessels, our body has a lymph system - responsible to removal of toxins that can build up and make skin look tired. Massage and in particular, gentle movements around pressure points helps to drain the lymph system and keep it moving so that toxins can be flushes our efficiently.
Better absorption Finally, massaging with aromatherapy based facial oils is especially beneficial as the touch of your hands warms product slightly, helping to release the aromatic oils and encouraging the nutrient they contain be absorbed by the skin. Essential oils aromas work both through the respiratory system and by entering he blood stream - so the warming effect helps to maximise both.
All of this adds up to skin that looks plump and glowing, feels smoother to the touch and helps you feel relaxed and soothed - the perfect prelude to a great night's sleep. Think of it a bit like yoga for the face - a set of individual moves that flow together to create a relaxing routine. Here are a few of our favourites for you to combine however you fancy...
2. The Loop: With the middle finger of both hands, touch your temples and rotate very gently in circular motion five times. Then using the same two fingers, move under and then over your eye, tracing the line of your eye socket carefully as you go. Circle using very light pressure five times.
3. The Ear Squeeze: Using each hand, start at the top of each ear, cup and squeeze gently - hold for the count of five. Move down the ear in three or four step, squeezing and holding as you go. End by placing you thumbs in the dent behind the bottom of each ear lobe where it joins you neck and apply gentle, steady pressure to the count of five.
4. The Chin Walk: Using your index finger and middle fingers, start at the outer edge of you jaw, just under your ear. massage using a circular motion five time then move slower along the jaw towards your chin, using gentle circular motions as you go. End by using one hand to massage the point of your chin five times.
5. The Cat's Whiskers: Use your three fingers of both hands for this one - using them to create a W shape. Starting at the centre of your face, place the three fingers either side if your mouth (your index finger resting just above your nostrils, the middle finger at the centre above your lips and the third finger just below your bottom lip. Slowly draw them away and outward, as if yu were tdrawing invisible cat's whiskers on yourself. Repeat five times.
6. The Fork: Using the same three fingers of both hands, this time you are going to start at your eyebrows and gentle draw them upwards in to you hairline. Smoothing the brow-lines very gently across your forehead as you go. Repeat five times.
7. The Drop: End by pointing both thumbs inwards. If it help you stay steady, leave your elbows on a table . Then very slowly lead forward and drop you head so the fleshy buts of you thumbs are resting in the space above you eyes and below your brow. No need to apply pressure, just rest there for the count of ten. Take a few deep breaths and feel yourself relax.