Face creams can only do so much. In the eternal battle against aging, where stress, pollution and genes are all waging war on your skin, a regular mug massage might be the tool you need to help fight fine lines and wrinkles. A great way to unwind and smooth away that furrowed frown, this painless process is becoming an increasingly popular beauty treatment in the pursuit for perpetual youth. Suitable for men and women of all ages, this is an easy and achievable way to relax and unwind as well as improve circulation, moisture retention and firm up your face.
Just as massage restores muscle tone in the body, the same is true of your face. Packed with small, sensitive muscles, the facial area responds particularly well to touch and by incorporating the use of finger pressure on trigger points, or energy points, as well as repetitive finger movements along the muscles, it helps to release tension and restore blood flow and oxygen. It can also be common to use aromatherapy, and cold stones or compresses to help soothe the eyes and senses.
Although the massage is performed on your face and neck, you’ll still be asked to lie down or recline in a quiet treatment room to help you switch off and relax. Then, before the massage begins, your therapist will thoroughly cleanse your skin and choose an oil or cream to use that’s suitable for your skin type to ensure that all the movements are smooth and soft. Beginning at the base of the throat, your therapist will use gentle upward and outward strokes with sliding movements along your jawline to the base of your ears, and circular motions over your cheeks, ears and around your lips. The forehead and nose get a look-in too with the latter massaged to help unclog pores and prevent blemishes, whilst the forehead is targeted to reduce the appearance of horizontal lines. Your therapist will then begin massaging around the eyes to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and heavy bags whilst a soft and gentle manipulation on around the neck and chin area is used to prevent that dislikeable double chin.
A typical facial massage session doesn’t normally last longer than 20 minutes, and because the massaging procedure is usually repeated up to five times, the oil or cream should be completely absorbed into your skin by the time the massage is over, making it the perfect lunchtime fix. However for an extra glowing complexion that’ll leave you looking younger for longer, regular face massages are recommended.
Thought to rejuvenate the skin, most people don’t realise just how tight their face muscles are until they have a facial massage so if you want to slow down the ageing process and achieve tauter, tighter, healthier skin, then this is for you. They’re also said to help relieve those pesky PMS symptoms so ladies, if you're having the moody blues and becoming a sobbing wreck every month, this could be the key to a calmer persona! It’s also recommended for stamping out headaches and sinus congestion, and if you yearn for overall physical and mental relaxation, facial massage will become your new-found friend.