Try These Facial Massages To Restore Relaxation, Reduce Puffiness, & Improve Texture
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Try These Facial Massages To Restore Relaxation, Reduce Puffiness, & Improve Texture

“Relax your eyebrows, release your jaw.” This has become an internal dialogue to keep my face at ease while I unconsciously daydream about the minor anxieties in my life.

From smiling to frowning — and even flexing a casual RBF — it’s funny how our face holds all of our outward expressions and inward stressors without us being fully aware of it. So how nice would it be to give ourselves a facial workout to reduce stress, relieve muscle tension, and restore a sense of relaxation? Well, an at-home facial massage just might be the answer.

Facial massages have a wide range of benefits that can help you reach a sense of calm at the start or end of your day. A gentle technique of rolling and kneading your face can stimulate blood flow, boost oxygen delivery to the skin’s cells, removes toxins, and reduces puffiness in your skin.

Regular facial massages are an easy way to unlock the fountain of youth that goes skin deep by toning the facial muscles, improving skin elasticity, and reducing the appearance of under-eye bags, resulting in a healthier complexion and natural glow.


Before starting a facial massage, it's essential to prepare your skin properly. Begin by washing your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap, to ensure a clean and sanitized starting place. Facial massages can be seamlessly integrated into your existing skincare routine, so take your time while cleansing and moisturizing to incorporate your technique of choice into your skincare system.

The warmth generated by your hands and rubbing motion can assist in absorbing your serums and oils. And while using your hands alone is perfectly suitable for the massage, there are also a variety of tools accessible that can enhance the overall experience, like a gua sha or jade roller.

Lymphatic Drainage Facial Massage: 

This massage technique focuses on stimulating the lymphatic system in the face and neck area. It aims to improve lymphatic circulation, reduce fluid retention, soothe sinus congestion, and detoxify the skin. The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in removing waste, toxins, and excess fluid from the body.

How To:

  • Begin by gently massaging the lymph nodes in your neck area. Use upward strokes and light pressure to move from the base of your neck toward your jawline. Repeat this motion a few times.
  • Proceed to the face, using gentle, light pressure throughout the massage.
  • Place both hands on the center of your forehead and sweep them outward towards the temples. Repeat.
  • Use your fingers to stroke along the cheekbones, starting from the nose and moving toward the ears. With upward strokes, massage along the jawline from the chin towards the ears. Repeat as needed.

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Gua Sha Facial Massage:

As a traditional Chinese technique, this massage method involves using a gua sha tool in a combination of strokes and swipes across the face and neck. This massage is said to reduce facial puffiness, ease tension, and even sculpt your face.

How To:

  • Cleanse your face and apply a facial oil or serum to provide some slip for the tool, and hold the tool with the curved side against your skin.
  • Begin at the base of your neck and use upward strokes, scraping the tool gently but firmly towards your jawline. Repeat each stroke 3-5 times.
  • Move to your chin and jaw area. Start from the center and work outward, using upward strokes along the jawline and chin.
  • Finish on the forehead, using upward strokes from the eyebrows towards the hairline. Pay attention to any areas with tension or fine lines.
  • After the massage, cleanse your face to remove any residual oil or product. Apply your regular moisturizer or continue with the rest of your skincare routine.

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Face Tapping Massage:

Also known as percussive tapping, face tapping is a technique that involves using light, rhythmic taps on the face to stimulate the skin and underlying tissues. It is believed to promote circulation, awaken the senses, and provide a gentle, energizing effect to restore a sense of calm.

How To:

  • Start with a freshly cleansed face and apply facial oil, moisturizer, or serum of your choice to provide some slip for the tapping massage.
  • Begin with gentle taps using your fingertips or the pads of your fingers.
  • Starting from the center of your forehead, use a light tapping motion to move outward towards the temples. Repeat this motion several times.
  • Move to the eye area and tap gently around the eye sockets, including the brow bone, under the eyes, and the outer corners. Be extra careful and gentle in this sensitive area.
  • Continue tapping along the cheekbones, along the jawline, to your chin, and towards the ears.
  • Finish by tapping lightly on the neck and chest area.

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With every technique, it’s important to practice gentle pressure and always listen to your skin if redness or soreness occurs. By using these techniques correctly, you’ll be on your way to relaxation in no time.

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