Viva Challenge: massage your face weekly
Okay, I’m back with Viva Challenge again and this time, I’ll like to introduce to you the idea of doing your own facial massage once a week. I’ve actually been wanting to write about DIY facial massage that I’ve been doing sometimes but found it difficult to write out the instructions. So I was happy to find this video on anti-aging facial massage which I chanced upon on Skindeco.
Achieve better facial contour
Although you might not achieve the same results as from a professional facial, but you should find your skin flushing with radiance immediately after a facial massage because of the improved blood circulation. In addition, long term massaging will help you lift, contour and firm your facial muscles for a more youthful look. You’ll can even get an instant face lift – something that is not too far off from what you’ll get from a facial.
Start with a 5 mins massage
I usually give myself a facial massage lying down as it is more relaxing and it also helps counter aging caused by gravity. However, I’ll admit that it can be tiring so my suggestion is to do this gradually. Start with 5 mins of massage first and then gradually lengthen the duration to 10 mins or longer if you wish.
Choose a carrier oil that suits your skin type
You’ll need to first, find an oil that is suitable to your skin type. For me, I use carrier oils like grapeseed oil or emu oil instead of commercial oils because they work great for my skin and are moisturizing enough for my fingers to glide easily. And because I don’t rinse out my facial oil after the massage, I don’t use too much but just a few drops that are enough for me to work on my entire face. I’ve also tried something else this week which is absolutely gorgeous and I’ll share that in a different post under DIY Beauty later.
Practice makes perfect
The video is a bit long, but it gives you a good idea where to start and where to focus on. In fact, I’ll say the best place to start apart from checking out these instructional videos or reading books is to pay attention to how your face is being massaged the next time you go for a facial! But in any case, the basic is that you should always massage in an upward and outward sweeping manner and avoid pulling or stretching the skin around those delicate areas around your eyes. It may not come easily initially but you’ll get used to the motion with some practice. And just have one thought when you’re massaging – the results are worth the effort!