Last Update: August 27, 2020
Want a brighter, firmer complexion without having to shell out a ton for a spa facial? Take matters literally into your own hands with this DIY face massage developed by Rachael Pontillo, a licensed aesthetician and holistic skin care educator based in Philadelphia.
Pontillo designed this massage to help:
It takes just minutes to do, and it feels so so good. Try it anytime you want to unwind after a long day. All you need is a nourishing skin oil like rosehip oil—press play to follow along with our video, and get the full how-to below.
Warm 4 to 5 drops of rosehip oil between the hands and apply to entire face—this also gets your circulation going. Using the tips of your middle and ring fingers, massage up and out, from the jawline to the top center of the forehead.
When you’re working above the jawline, “always stroke upward and outward with gentle pressure,” says Pontillo.
With tips of middle and ring fingers, massage up from brow to hairline, all the way across forehead—which helps to relieve tension right in the area where frown lines tend to form.
“When we’re stressed out we tend to hold a lot of tension energetically and physically in the forehead,” says Pontillo. Massage is a great way to loosen up those tightened-up muscles.
It’s really common to get puffiness both underneath the eyes and in the crease. Gentle massage can help encourage lymphatic drainage, release pressure, and depuff and brighten the entire eye area, according to Pontillo. It feels great, too! There are a few moves to do here—use the tips of your ring fingers, which are the weakest, to prevent tugging.
Having “laugh lines” isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As Pontillo points out, “that just means we’re laughing!” Still, cheek massage can boost circulation and help smooth and tone skin in this line-prone part of the face, and bring a little color without causing inflammation. Pontillo’s two moves for cheeks:
To finish, Pontillo suggests massaging with firm strokes in the opposite direction—from the jawline down. This helps flush out all that lymphatic congestion that you released outward in steps 1 through 4.
Now that’s beauty from the inside out.
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