Did you know that you can tighten your skin with DIY facial massage and exercise? These methods require perseverance, but are painless and free; worlds better than an expensive facelift or injection. Keep reading for easy-to-follow instructions that will teach you DIY massage and exercise methods you can do in the privacy of your own home.
Relax, de-stress, and look younger with a facial massage. Benefits include:
- Improved circulation for a brighter, younger look
- Lifting and firming
- Fewer wrinkles and a reduction in puffiness
- No doctors, medicines, or side effects!
For best results, you’ll want to give yourself a soothing facial massage once a day; either before bed or as soon as you wake up in the morning. For each massage described below, continue the motion for one minute.
Start by cleansing the skin with gentle soap/cleanser and lukewarm water. Dry your face gently with a towel (pat, don’t rub). Next, apply a small amount of face oil. The oil will give your face a healthy glow as well as help your fingers move easily across your skin.
- Use argan oil or almond oil on dry skin
- Use jojoba oil on medium or oily skin
Massages that brighten
#1: Start under your ears, at the sides of your neck (lymph area). Toxins from your face collect in your lymph nodes. When you massage this area, those toxins are released. Use your fingertips to massage gently but firmly in a circular motion that starts beneath the ears, moves downwards towards the throat, and moves upwards along the jaw line. Remember, this isn’t a deep tissue massage! Facial skin is sensitive.
#2: Massage the sides of the face using a similar motion. Start on either side of the jaw and move out past the corners of the mouth, up to the nostrils, and finally across the cheekbones. Never push the skin down; instead, push up and out.
#3: Place your fingertips near your temples and massage in a circular motion. Move slowly towards the center of the forehead then back to the temples.
#4: With your fingertips placed at the arch of each eyebrow, move in a circle that travels around each eye. Your fingers should meet back at the top of the nose before returning to the starting point.
Massages that lift
Corners of the mouth: Move your fingertips in small circles on either side of the mouth. Use only upward pressure.
Cheeks: Use a circular motion to apply light pressure to the “apples” of the cheeks, the inner cheekbones, across to the edges of the face, and then back around.
Eye area: (described above)
Forehead: This massage is great for reducing horizontal wrinkles on the forehead. With your hands side by side vertically, place your fingers on your forehead and move up and down (one hand pulls up while the other pulls down). Cover the entire forehead using this zigzag motion.
Frown line: With fingers positioned horizontally on your frown lines, rub gently back and forth (this pulls the skin away from its usual position).
You can increase the effectiveness of an at-home facial massage with the use of certain tools. Click here for more information about Clarisonic’s line of facial products.
JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser: The JeNu uses ultrasonic energy to increase the rate at which the skin absorbs skincare products. More details:
- Highly rated, but expensive (over $200)
- Must also purchase MicroSphere Conducting Gel
- Process takes minutes
- Easy to use and pain-free
- To use, move the tool in a circular motion over the entire face
- Results include a refreshed look and a reduction in wrinkles
Project E Beauty makes a similar massager that doesn’t require specific gel and costs just $53.99. Features include:
- 3Mhz vibrations minimize wrinkles by promoting elasticity
- Photon therapy treats skin issues
- Red LED light stimulates cells to produce collagen
- Customers noticed a brighter, more even skin tone along with a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles
- Easy to use
The following exercises work the hypodermis, dermis, and epidermis to give skin a more youthful look and to fight the signs of again. Just like the aforementioned massage techniques, facial exercises will increase circulation and provide benefits including tighter, smoother skin.
Danielle Collins, notable yoga enthusiast, recommends working the face for 20 minutes, 6 times per week. According to Danielle, you should start to see results in 2-4 months.
As a direct alternative to eye surgery and Botox, try The V: press both middle fingers in the center of the forehead between the eyebrows and press each index finger at the other end of each eyebrow. Look up to the sky and squint. Relax and repeat 6 times. When you’re done, squeeze your eyes shut for 10 seconds.
The Smile Smoother can help with sagging skin and cheek lines. Make an “O” with your mouth, hiding your teeth with your lips. Smile, but keep your teeth covered. Repeat this motion 6 times. Next, maintain the smile and place one index finger on your chin. Move your jaw up and down and tile your head back. Relax and repeat this movement twice.
Smooth the Brow: With fingers spread, place both hands on your forehead. Your pinkies should be at the inner corners of the eyebrow; your thumbs should be at the hairline. Move your fingers out across your forehead, applying pressure while they move. Repeat this motion 10 times.
Flirty Eyes: As a direct alternative to an eyebrow lift, place your index fingers horizontally beneath each eye. Hide your teeth with your lips and open your mouth slightly. Look up and flutter the eyelids. Do this for 30 seconds.
The Giraffe can help firm up the loose skin on your neck. With your fingertips placed at the bottom of your neck, look straight ahead. Stroke downwards with the fingers while tilting your head back. Next, dip your head to your chest. Repeat twice. Stick out your lower lip and point your chin up. Place your fingertips on your collarbone. Hold this pose and take four slow breaths.
Facial massage and exercise can do wonders for aging skin. Follow the advice above for a relaxed, rejuvenated look. To achieve your best and youngest looking skin, it’s important to get an adequate amount of Vitamin C, drinks lots of water, get plenty of sleep, and try to avoid greasy foods, caffeine, and alcohol.