Mas­sage your skin younger

Just like your body ben­e­fits from some gen­tle ex­er­cise, so can your face. Learn how a few min­utes of daily fa­cial mas­sage can make all the dif­fer­ence to your com­plex­ion

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As we get older, our fa­cial mus­cles aren’t as tight as they used to be and the lym­phatic sys­tem that drains im­pu­ri­ties slows down, which can create puffi­ness, a slack­en­ing jaw and jowls. But be­fore you spend a pretty penny on an ex­pen­sive face cream that prom­ises mir­a­cles, try a lit­tle ex­er­cise in­stead. A re­cent study* found that car­ried out reg­u­larly, fa­cial mas­sage had a vis­i­ble im­pact on wrin­kles and skin, es­pe­cially on the area around the mouth – the na­solabial fold – and the jaw­line.

‘Gen­tle mus­cle ma­nip­u­la­tion, in the same way that lift­ing weights in the gym or prac­tis­ing yoga can change the shape and tone of your body, can also help get your face in shape,’ ex­plains Inge Theron, founder of FaceGym (facegym.com), a non­in­va­sive fa­cial ex­er­cise and skincare stu­dio in Lon­don, where treat­ments fo­cus on sculpt­ing fa­cial mas­sage to de­con­gest,

‘Al­ways stim­u­late the mus­cles up­wards to­wards the hair­line’

detox and de-puff the face. ‘Just five min­utes of mus­cle ma­nip­u­la­tion at home in the morn­ing and evening af­ter cleans­ing can trans­form your face and skin tone within a cou­ple of months.’

Just use a skin-boost­ing fa­cial oil that best suits your needs as the base of your face work­out and, us­ing your fin­gers, mas­sage your en­tire face in cir­cu­lar mo­tions, mov­ing from the cen­tre of the chin out along the jaw­line and up over your fore­head. ‘Al­ways stim­u­late the mus­cles up­wards to­wards the hair­line, so you are work­ing to­wards the lymph nodes,’ ad­vises Inge. ‘This helps to dis­perse tox­ins and ex­cess fluid.’

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