While we already know to cleanse, exfoliate, and care for our skin on the outside, there is a way to give skin an extra boost from the inside. Face yoga has been around for a few years, and while it sounds a little extreme, is a perfect way to relax your face from all angles.
Sit back, relax, and try a few of these simple techniques the next time you want to unwind with a warm cup of tea.
Start with dry skin which has been freshly washed and moisturised. Try using a light oil (rosehip or lavender) which will make the techniques much easier to administer. Just 2-3 drops will be enough for your face and neck – you can always add more later on.
Ideal for: circulation
Start with the cheeks, and in circular motions buff the oil lightly into your skin. Do this 5-10 times and increase the size of the circles each time. Don’t press too hard on your skin, a light touch is always best. Always work in circles upwards, never down. A technique like this is great for skin which is feeling lacklustre, and is suffering from redness or irritation.
Ideal for: detoxifying
Use 2-3 drops of essential oil between your fingers, then warm the lymph node (this is located on the sides of the neck, just below the ear). Small circular motions are effective in detoxifying the glands, and assisting in future circulation. Once your neck feels a little warm, that’s when you know the massage is working.
Ideal for: draining
Drag your fingers from the chin, right through the end of the jaw-line. This technique removes all the toxins from the centre of your chin, and drains the glands in one fluid motion. Massage this area, then drag downwards into the neck; it should make one fluid circle.
Ideal for: relaxation, de-stressing
Starting from the chin, gently massage the muscles in your face upwards. This should not only feel very relaxing, but will also complete your facial massage. By now, your face will feel warm and tender, and the muscles will be gently relaxed. Focus on creating small circles which will move the muscles, and not the skin.
Would you try this facial massage at home?
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