The Free Anti-Ageing Technique - Facial Massage
Facial massages are a great (and free) way to provide your skin with anti-ageing properties. They stimulate the facial muscles and promote the flow of blood and oxygen to your face, increasing collagen production and therefore a healthy glow to your skin. Many experts recommend that you do it every day, however I find it impossible to do so, mainly because it is recommended that you massage for a good half hour (whilst watching TV in the evening). I would say I manage to include a facial massage 3 times a week and probably for no more 20 minutes each time (sometimes not even that). But I would definitely say that I am reaping the benefits from it, you really feel like you are working the muscles in your face and pushing everything northwards again! There are many techniques to a facial massage and if you check out youtube you will find many tutorials and one to suit your needs and fit into your skincare routine.
When I first became interested in facial massages, the biggest problem I encountered was at what point in my skincare routine should I include it. I don't like the thought of using an oil instead of my moisturiser and doing the facial massage at the end of my skincare routine just did not work for me. I felt like I was wasn't allowing my serum to sink in and that it was getting pushed around my face instead (if you left your serum to sink in for half an hour, then did a massage with your favourite oil, it would work)
So, following some research I found the perfect solution, a cleansing oil or balm. Cleansing oils and balms themselves are highly rated as a cleanser (even for those with oily skin) and as they are my choice of cleanser anyway I now do my first cleanse to remove my makeup and then on the second cleanse take the balm or oil and massage it into my skin for as long as I can. I then follow with my serum and moisturiser.
I personally think it is impossible to complete a facial massage every night. There are so many other components to skincare, exfoliating, masks etc, to do it all in one go would take up too much time. But even if you manage it two or three times a week, you will feel and see the benefits.
If you wish to add another anti-ageing process into your skincare routine, I would definitely recommend a facial massage.