Five common mistakes you should avoid in a facial massage
A facial massage can do you a world of good-help you get rid of a puffy face, improve your skin tone, work on your skin contours, improve elasticity, smoothen the skin, aid lymphatic drainage, apart from deeply relaxing your facial muscles and jaws. But a facial massage gone wrong can aggravate existing skin conditions, or the use of products that do not align with your skin can cause unwanted allergies, swelling, or pain. So here are five caveats to follow and mistakes to avoid while getting facial massages!
Facial massage involves pressing along specific pressure points to stimulate them on the face and neck region. You can use tools like kansa wands or other face rollers for facial massages.
1. Check your skin condition
Before attempting a facial massage yourself or by an expert check if your skin is showing signs of inflammation, burns, or eczema, among other things. A facial massage on inflamed or acne-prone skin can do more harm than good.
2. Avoid a facial massage after a peel
If you have undergone a peeling or epilation session, avoid facial massage for a few days after then, since the skin is susceptible after these procedures. And usually, procedures like peeling or microdermabrasion take care of your skin’s need for a massage and circulation for a few days.
3. Cleanse your face before a facial massage
Use a nice hydrating cleanser to get rid of the goop and excess oil stuck in the pores of your skin, for the fuller benefit of a facial massage. Unless you cleanse your face properly before commencing a massage, the whole purpose of letting the skin cells breathe and be nourished, will be defeated. Also, using massage tools on skin that is not cleansed can cause the pollutants to damage the skin texture more than do it any good.
4. Know how much pressure to apply and how fast to go
There are various facial massage techniques including anti-aging, sweeping, anti-wrinkle and fine lines, and lymphatic drainage massage, each with its unique benefits. It is a good idea to know how vigorous can the massages be based on the age and texture of your skin. For example, after 30, you may do well to avoid vigorous facial massages. Younger skin can take on vigorous beating. Also, know your pain threshold and communicate it as such to your therapist. Facial massages should not cause pain or inflammation. You can finish off the massage with techniques like tapping or gentle pinching. 10-15 minutes of facial massage is usually enough to give you the right amount of restoration and relaxation.
5. Using the right product
It is absolutely essential that the product you use for facial massage, either oil or serum based, uses natural herbs and actives. Make sure your facial massage creams do not contain harmful chemicals like parabens and microplastics.
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Bonus read: A facial massage technique to reduce anti-aging
You can use this technique, called the sweeping method, quite simply every time you are doing your skincare routine. You can use a serum or moisturizer of your choice.
- Massage using your fingers down from the bridge of your nose to your cheek and top of your jaws.
- In the second step, begins with sweeping under the eyes from inside out, where the skin is sensitive and often puffy.
- Pull gently and massage over and under your cheekbones.
- Now move from the forehead in the center, in a semi-circular motion over the eyebrows towards the hairline. You can use your thumb for this.
- Now massage with sweeping strokes under the chin, grazing over the jawline, towards the outside. First, you can do it with one finger each and then repeat it with two fingers of both hands, following the contours from the center of the chin to the ears.
- For the neck, massage in an upward motion from the neck towards the jawline to lift up the skin.