Self-care rituals: facial massage
Deep relaxation and revitalized, firm skin – these are the benefits of a facial massage. Our natural beautician Sibylle will tell you how it works. Here you will find out everything you need to know about the different techniques, the perfect timing, preparation and why your most important facial massage tool is your hands.
Let go with a facial massage
A facial massage after a busy day or on Sunday morning is my favorite self-care ritual. Switch off and do something good for your skin. Because during the massage you only concentrate on yourself. Do you feel how your skin feels – dry, tired, neglected? – and how your facial muscles are doing. Pay particular attention to whether areas prone to stress, such as the point between the eyes or the jaw muscles, are relaxed or tense. The focus is now entirely on you and no longer on all the 1000 things that keep you busy. At this moment you don't have to worry about anything. As the massage progresses, you will notice how the tension decreases. Your breath flows more naturally and you find peace.
When is the ideal time for a facial massage?
The perfect time for a facial massage is in the evening . This way you can relax and switch off from the day. In addition, the skin can optimally absorb care through the gentle massage. This supports nightly regeneration.
Why is a facial massage so good?
Just a few minutes of facial massage delivers several benefits:
- Your blood circulation is stimulated . The skin cells are supplied with fresh, oxygen-rich blood and better nutrients.
- The massage also provides blood flow to the stressed facial muscles . This releases tension, resulting in relaxed facial expressions.
- The massage creates a gentle peeling effect . Dead cells are removed and the skin has a rosy, youthful complexion.
- If you apply a serum plus facial oil or balm beforehand (you should always do this), the products will be massaged nicely into the skin. It can optimally absorb the ingredients of your care products.
- During the massage, fresh tissue fluid is supplied to the skin cells. This makes it appear plumper.
- The lymphatic flow is activated by the massage direction from the center of the face outwards towards the ears and by repeated strokes down the neck. This means that the metabolic end products in the lymphatic fluid are better transported away.
- The beneficial effect has a positive effect on your skin.
☝️ Below we come to the step-by-step instructions. In general, all upward strokes have a "lifting effect" , while strokes from any point on the face to the ears and then down the neck to the collarbone stimulate the drainage of lymph.
Massage tools: Do you need gua sha stones or jade rollers?
There are various aids that are pleasant and have an additional energetic effect. Gemstone rollers and Gua Sha stones have their origins in traditional Chinese medicine . They have been using beauty rollers and stones like this for centuries for their positive effect on the skin and body. Whether jade or rose quartz, each gemstone has a special, positive effect on the body and mind. The Kansa Wand made of wood, copper and zinc, which comes from Ayurvedic medicine, is also suitable for relaxing facial massages.
But do you absolutely need them? No. Hands are the most wonderful tools that everyone has at their disposal. That's why this is a guide for a massage with your hands. The advantage: The numerous tactile receptors on the palms of the hands make them extremely sensitive. This allows you to individually adapt the pressure and shape to your skin, connective tissue and muscles.
Preparing for a facial massage
- Clean your face with warm water and wash your hands thoroughly with a gentle, natural soap.
- Apply a large drop of FIVE facial serum to the face, neck, nape and décolleté. Then apply enough FIVE facial oil to your hands using the pipette, briefly warm the oil between your hands and distribute it again onto your face, neck, nape and décolleté. If you prefer to care for your face with FIVE Shea Cream , take some and let the balm melt between your hands before spreading it.
- Now your skin is prepared for the massage and your hands can glide gently over it.
How much pressure for facial massage?
Whatever feels good to you! You can massage more strongly in the neck region and on the chewing muscles. In the eye region , please only use fine strokes and pats, as the skin here is particularly delicate.
How many repetitions during the massage?
I recommend you repeat each step 5 to 10 times . The same applies here: Feel what feels good for you and which part needs more attention at the moment. I recommend doing 10 repetitions for each eye area.
What else does the massage support?
- Perform the facial massage in a room full of fresh air or outside if it is warm. This way you can absorb enough oxygen .
- Breathe in and out deeply . This increases the relaxation effect and oxygen absorption.
- Stay relaxed in your shoulder girdle .
- Perform all movements slowly, carefully and lovingly.
- Drink lots of water ! With the massage you strengthen various body functions. With a large glass of water afterwards, you support the removal of released waste and toxins from the worked muscle and connective tissue.
Instructions: How to massage your face
Begin every massage by stimulating blood circulation :
- Massage the neck and throat muscles powerfully with both hands. You usually find a lot of tension there, so a little attention to this muscle area is always good. Only by activating this muscle group will you stimulate blood circulation in your face. So always start with this step.
- Additionally massage the nerve points on the edge of the skull using circular movements. This means you will feel immediate relaxation.
- Make loving rotations with your fingertips on your neck , first to the right, then to the left. Start below the earlobes and move towards the windpipe. In this way you activate the lymph flow.
- For a tight décolleté: Stroke your décolleté horizontally, alternating with your palms. Then make small rotations with your fingertips all over your décolleté. First with your right hand on the right half of your décolleté, then with your left hand on the left half. Perform this movement from the sternum towards the shoulder.
Then you focus on the individual parts of your face.
- Chin tightening : Spread your index and middle fingers. Place the middle finger above and the index finger below the edge of the jaw and stroke from the chin to the earlobe. Once there, run your fingertips below the earlobe to the collarbone and accompany the lymph back.
- Relaxed facial muscles : Position your index fingers above your mouth and your middle fingers below your mouth and stroke from the middle of your lips outwards towards the edge of your face. Alternate right and left sides.
Kiss-me-lips: Lip pincher – pinch the lip area with both thumbs and index fingers and move from one corner of the mouth to the other.
- Lymphatic stimulation in the cheek area: Roll up the index fingers and place them on the left and right of the nostrils. Slowly glide below the cheekbones on both sides at the same time over the chewing muscle to the ears.
- Fine nose : Massage the entire nose with small rotations of the fingertips.
- Fresh eyes: Place both ring fingers next to the entrance to the nasolacrimal duct on the eyes and gently slide from there up to the base of the eyebrows. From there, stroke above the eyebrows outwards to the tip. Still using your ring fingers, tap or “tap” underneath the eye from the inner corner of the eye outwards over the cheekbone to the temples. Finally, run your middle and ring fingers below the ears to the collarbone. You will probably feel a swallowing reflex. This means that lymph is removed.
- Relaxed forehead : Curl your index fingers again and place them between your eyebrows. At the same time, pull both fingers horizontally outwards and smooth out any frown lines. Curl all fingers except the thumbs and place both hands on your forehead. Using both hands, massage the forehead muscles in generous rotations, from one temple towards the other. Stay on the temples themselves for a moment and circle there too.
With these final strokes you can further increase the lifting effect and lymphatic drainage:
- Alternately place your hands horizontally flat on your forehead and stroke your forehead upwards.
- Place one hand horizontally on the middle of the collarbones and alternately stroke the neck up to the edge of the jaw with both hands.
- Place both hands vertically on your cheeks , the heel of your hand near the edge of your jaw. Stroke upwards to your forehead.
- Place your index fingers on the left and right of your nose and your thumbs under your chin. Stroke your face with your index finger towards your ears.
- Now place your index fingers vertically on the middle of the forehead , stroke outwards towards the temples and then downwards towards the collarbone.
And now: Drink a large glass of still water and smile at your reflection!
How do you feel after your first facial massage? You often feel a beautiful effect straight away. You will find your skin plumper and rosier, your muscles more relaxed. Plus, if you get a massage regularly , you'll see long-term improvements.
So treat yourself to the caresses for your soul and your face,