Rejuvenating facial massage is a safe and highly effective alternative to plastic surgery. Thanks to this procedure, the skin becomes more elastic and smooth, sagging, puffiness decreases, pores narrow, facial muscles become more elastic, fine and deep wrinkles are smoothed out, the skin becomes velvety and fresh, blood flow improves and the aging process slows down.
There are many techniques of rejuvenating massage: classical, Japanese, Spanish, plucked “according to Jacquet”, acupressure, lymphatic drainage, etc. Of course, in a beauty salon, a competent specialist will choose the technique that is most suitable for your skin. But if you want to learn the basics of rejuvenating massage at home, then a few tips will come in handy.
The initial stage of the massage is the preparation of the skin of the face. First, it must be thoroughly cleaned: wash off decorative cosmetics, refresh your face with a tonic, you can use a light scrub. Thermal procedures (steam bath or hot wet compress) preceding the massage enhance its effect – warm skin responds better to massage, pores open, facial muscles relax – all this contributes to an increase in the positive effect.
To avoid damage and stretching of the skin, it is necessary to lubricate it with a special massage oil or cream.
Rejuvenating facial massage includes 5 basic techniques:
- Stroking is a technique in which the fingers gently and freely glide over the skin.
- Rubbing is a technique in which circular and zigzag movements are performed with the fingertips.
- Kneading – light squeezing and squeezing the massaged area with your fingertips is performed.
- Tapping is a more intense technique in which the fingers perform jerky blows to the skin.
- Vibration is a technique in which soft oscillatory movements are made. Vibration is performed by the fingertips or the palmar surfaces of the hands.
In order for the massage to have a positive effect, it is necessary to follow the directions of the skin lines (lines of least stretch). Improper massage can lead to stretching of the facial skin and the appearance of deep wrinkles.
The main directions of massage lines:
- from the middle of the forehead in the direction of eyebrow growth – to the temples;
- from the bridge of the nose to the tip of the nose;
- from the back of the nose – down to the cheeks, and then – to the temples;
- from the lateral surface of the nose – to the upper part of the auricle;
- from the middle of the chin – along the lower jaw – to the ear;
- from the corners of the mouth – to the earlobe, – from the wings of the nose and upper lip – to the edge of the lower jaw;
- the upper eyelid is massaged from the inner corner of the eye to the outer;
- the lower eyelid is massaged from the outer corner of the eye to the inner;
- along the front surface of the neck – to the central part of the chin from the bottom up.
We begin to massage with light and smooth movements, then gradually increase the intensity of the impact on the massaged areas, perform the massage more actively and energetically. In conclusion, we again turn to soft and soothing movements. At the final stage of the procedure, you need to clean the skin of the remnants of the cream (oil) with a cotton swab moistened with a cleanser. Then apply a softening mask or nourishing cream on your face.
Rejuvenating massage should be done at least twice a week. Regularity is the key to a positive result.
It is necessary to pay attention to the fact that this procedure has a number of contraindications:
- skin damage,
- allergic reactions;
- the presence of pustules and rashes;
- dilated blood vessels on the face;
- diseases of the nervous system (inflammation of the trigeminal nerve).