Today, I’ll post a quick review of my favorite face lifting massage plus cheek toning and neck firming exercises that I’ve been doing for the past two months. If you’re a subscriber to my newsletter, you would have noticed I kept mentioning the Tanaka face contouring massage. Well, that’s because I’ve been seeing some positive results after using her techniques consistently on a daily basis for the past two months or so. I wouldn’t say I’ve been very diligent as there are 11 steps in her Zogan massage but I only use the first 9 steps. However, I do see my face more lifted as a whole.
Initially, I was apprehensive about doing the massages because I didn’t want to add an additional step to my skincare routine. However, I discovered that this massage takes only about 3 minutes and I could incorporate it into my facial cleansing process. I do this in the morning when my face is relatively clean. And the reason why I only use 9 steps out of 11 is because it was a bit hard remembering all of them.
Seriously, I don’t know who started posting the series of videos but this is the best tutorial I’ve come across and thanks to epicbeautyguide, we now have the English version too. If your face is well lubricated either from a massage oil, face cream or cleanser, you can’t go wrong. Lina, who first shared this with me, told me she uses a cleansing oil and that was how it occurred to me that I can wash and massage my face at the same time. To find out more about the techniques, you can read my initial post on the Tanaka face contouring massage.
Toning your nasalabial folds
I’ve been rather resistant about facial exercises as a whole because I’ve been worried about causing further problems but there are two that I do daily now because I think they work. The first is one where you sort of twitch your nose like a rabbit to tone the nasolabial fold, which are the two skin folds that run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth. I really like doing this because it is fun, and I think it works, although I can’t say if the improvement is only due to this exercise since I’m also using the Tanaka face massage techniques.
Kiss the ceiling to firm your neck massage
I’ve also been using the “kiss the ceiling” technique to firm up my neck. I shared this video before but I didn’t do this more consistently until the past two months. There are other techniques mentioned in that video but this is the easiest in my opinion. I can do this anytime, morning and evening, and it really helps to tone up my sagging look neck.
You need to be consistent in your efforts and do these daily to see positive results. If you’re in the 20s and your skin is quite firm, you may not notice much results but I’ll say, they’re good for anti-aging purposes in the long run. If you’re in your 30s, 40s, 50s or older, I would highly recommend doing this on a daily basis. They don’t take up much time at all. In fact, the three that I’ve recommended only takes up 5 minutes of my time every day.