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
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.’