Do you want to do something about expression lines? Then you should definitely try this facial massage for rosy skin and firm contours at home.
Do you still remember the time when your skin easily put up with stressful days and little sleep? Shadows under the eyes have usually passed by themselves after showering and applying lotion and the face appeared fresh and rosy in no time.
But by the age of 30 at the latest, our skin resents long, strenuous work days. The complexion looks pale and our pensive, tense expression literally solidifies on our face. At such moments, a facial massage can be really good. It not only helps to work our care products more thoroughly into the skin. Above all, tension in the face is loosened and expression lines that make us look tired quickly are counteracted.
You don’t need an appointment with the beautician for this. We’ll tell you here how you can easily massage and relax the various parts of your face yourself at home.
Facial massage: what effect does it have on the skin?
Anyone who has already booked a massage or has had a friend or partner knead them properly at home knows that being massaged can be very good for you. The massage loosens stiff muscles, relaxes and helps us to calm down.
However, the facial massage is often underestimated. Our facial muscles are in action around the clock. Regardless of whether we speak, laugh or brood – our facial muscles are actually always used. Over time, this causes expression lines to appear on the mouth, eyes and forehead. Just five minutes a day are enough to relax the muscles and counteract the formation of expression lines.
Our complexion also benefits from the facial massage: Both the lymph flow and the blood circulation in our skin are improved during the massage. Swelling, for example below the eyes, is less noticeable and the skin appears more radiant overall.
We’ll tell you here which techniques you should use to massage your face and what to look out for:
# 1: facial massage for a radiant eye area
When it comes to our facial expressions, our eyes and eyebrows have a lot to do. A short break to loosen up and relax the eye area is therefore particularly pleasant.
Here’s how it works:
Your ring fingers are used to massage the delicate skin around the eyes, because the index and middle fingers would exert too much pressure here. Begin with the massage below the eyebrows. Place the ring fingers on either side of the bridge of the nose and gently stroke ten times outwards towards the temples. Then repeat the same movement below the eyes.
The swiping motion can help break down pent-up fluid and the eyes appear less puffy. Incidentally, the massage becomes particularly pleasant if you use a cooling eye cream.
# 2: massage forehead wrinkles properly
Many women especially want to get rid of forehead wrinkles. In contrast to laugh lines, they usually make us look grim and older. This is especially true for the frown lines that form between the eyebrows. The older we get, the stronger it can be seen.
You can also declare war on forehead wrinkles with the right facial massage.
This is how it works:
The muscles on the forehead run horizontally. It is important to follow this natural course with gentle stroking movements during the massage. Place the index and middle fingers of both hands in the middle of the forehead and stroke five times with light pressure up to the temples. Then you follow the same path with your fingers in small circular movements.
With the last exercise you can specifically counteract expression lines. You only need one hand for this. To do this, place the middle finger between the eyebrows and the index finger in the middle of the hairline. Slightly pull the skin apart and then massage in a circular motion. Finally, you can smooth out your frown lines. To do this, alternately stroke your index fingers from the bridge of the nose up to the hairline.
Tip: You can increase the effect of the massage on your skin with a skin-smoothing facial serum or a moisturizing night cream. So-called overnight masks, which you can massage into your skin in the evening before going to bed and leave on overnight, are also great.
# 3: facial massage for firm cheeks
The cheek area makes up a large part of our face and brings out a rosy, radiant complexion particularly well. We’ll tell you here which technique is best to apply your face cream here to additionally tighten the contours of your skin.
This is how it works:
Put the index and middle fingers on both sides next to the bridge of the nose. Then gently stroke up to the temples in a slight upward motion. Repeat this exercise ten times. The gentle stroking movement stimulates the blood circulation in your skin and also ensures that pent-up liquid can be better removed.
Tip:Instead of your fingers, you can also use a jade roller for the massage. Just like your fingers, place the roller next to the bridge of your nose and roll gently to your temple.
# 4: facial massage for wrinkles around the mouth
Laughter lines also appear over time and are absolutely natural. Unlike the expression lines on our eyes and forehead, they usually make us look friendly rather than grim. Therefore, most women rarely devote themselves to this part of the face.
Nevertheless, we can absolutely recommend massaging the mouth area, because it not only prevents wrinkles, but also relieves tension in the jaw area.
That’s how it’s done:
Start on half of your face. Carefully grasp the skin below the ear between the thumb and index finger of both hands. Now slowly walk along the jawbone over the chin to the other ear. Then you hike back in the same way. Repeat this massage path 15 times. The movement loosens tense muscles around the mouth and also promotes blood circulation in the skin.
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