Our face goes through a lot. All that smiling, squinting, laughing, frowning, talking, puckering, chewing and yawning we do on a daily basis can take a toll on our skin. Add to that a host of external aggressors such as seasonal changes, pollution and sun exposure—all these deplete our skin’s natural lipids (our skin’s protective oils) and leave our skin dull, dry and damaged. This is where a face massage can help. Here, we’ll show you four different ways to do it. These do-it-yourself massage routines combine acupressure and drainage techniques to boost your blood flow, detoxify the skin, alleviate muscle tension, smooth visible fine lines and even promote the absorption of your skin care products. Couple these techniques with Dermalogica’s NEW Phyto Replenish Oil, a nourishing, plant-based oil designed strengthen, hydrate and shield your skin from environmental threats, and you’ll be glowing in no time!
Before the Massage: Begin by applying four to six drops of Phyto Replenish Oil (or your favorite face oil) in the palm of one hand. Press hands together to spread the product evenly and then lightly press the oil onto the face, beginning at the forehead, then cheeks, nose, chin and neck. Spread out to hairline.
MASSAGE #1: TO SMOOTH FOREHEAD CREASES
Benefits: This helps to smooth and relax the muscles and improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles brought on by stress.
How To: Place fingertips together in the middle of the forehead with hands and elbows out, press firmly. Next glide with fingers together with slight pressure to the temples, press and release. Repeat 3 times.
MASSAGE #2: TO REVITALIZE TIRED EYES
Benefits: Smooth frown lines, reduce eye puffiness and strain, alleviate headaches, sinus pain and enhance skin glow and health.
How to: Using your middle or index finger, press between the brows on the 3rd eye and stroke over the brows around the eyes returning to the center. Next still using your fingers, move in an S shape to release and soften the muscle between the brows. Glide around the eyes again, return to center and repeat the press, glide and drain. Now repeat the S movement. Perform this sequence 3 times each (6 total), alternating between presses and S’s.
MASSAGE #3: TO RESTORE A YOUTHFUL GLOW
Benefits: These key pressure points may feel a little tender but help to encourage circulation and detoxification of the skin while boosting inner skin radiance.
How to: Using your index or middle finger press either side of the nostril, release and slide to the glow point under the lower cheek bone and press. Glide towards the ear and press in the hollow just in front of the ear. Repeat 3 times.
MASSAGE #4: TO RELIEVE JAWLINE STRESS
Benefits: This helps to release stress and tension in the jaw, increases lymphatic drainage and improves skin tone and circulation.
How to: With flat fingers, starting at the center of the chin, massage out along the jawline with small upward circles. When you reach to just below the ear, press and drain down the side of neck with your fingers open towards the collarbone. Repeat the sequence 3 times.
Follow these simple steps each morning and voila—a healthy, glowing, dewy radiant skin from the inside out!