You may have often seen beauty influencers raving about jade rollers or gua sha and how it can instantly brighten up the skin. Well, they might just be on to something.
Consider it a workout for your face to get it in shape! Exercising facial muscles with massaging can give you a remarkable youthful glow and radiant skin.
Shreyansh Jain, CEO of Medy365.com agrees.
He says, "Gentle facial massaging can help to stimulate blood circulation, tighten muscles, rejuvenate and restore skin cells, and eliminate toxic waste by improving lymphatic drainage. Ayurveda emphasizes massaging different marma points of the face to attain superior skin benefits. Regular ayurvedic massaging can help to nourish and brighten skin along with enhancing mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Facial massaging is also beneficial for reducing the appearance of dark circles, improving skin tone, and removing dirt and pollutants from deeper skin tissues."
What are the facial spots to massage?
Shreyansh adds that you should take a few minutes to gently massage your temples, the centre of your forehead, the inner part of the ridge of the brows, the corners of the mouth, the centre of cheekbones, the lower eyelids, the crown of the head, and centre of the chin. He says, "Taking out five minutes to perform facial massage can help to look younger and attractive without using expensive skincare products or treatments. However, it is important to choose only quality organic oils or essential oils to practice self-care otherwise using just any oil can lead to breakouts and other skin problems."
What oils should I use?
People with dry and sensitive skin types can opt for almond oil to massage the face regularly. With antibacterial, antifungal, and hypoallergenic properties, almond oil helps to repair the damaged skin, treat fungal issues, reduce dark patches, and give skin brightening effects. Warm a tsp. of almond oil, mix it with two drops of Vitamin E extracted from a capsule, apply the mixture onto your face, and massage it on your face for five minutes.
Touted as a natural moisturizer, organic coconut oil is ideal for people with sensitive, dry, and combination skin types. Coconut oil consists of nourishing fatty acids that help to bolster the skin’s protective barrier, reduce inflammation, increase collagen production, and improve skin complexion. Take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, rub it within your palms, and gently massage it onto your face and neck.
Tea Tree Oil
With anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal benefits, the tea tree oil is highly suitable for acne-prone and oily skin types. The oil works to remove dead skin cells, regulate sebum production, reduce inflammation, and detoxify skin eliminating toxins from the pores. Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil with honey, aloe vera, or some carrier oils such as almond, coconut, or sesame oil, and apply the mixture onto the face for massaging.
Packed with potassium, lecithin, Vitamin E, oleic acid, vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients, avocado oil is excellent for all skin types. The oil can be used to replenish dry skin, shield skin from UV rays, heal chapped skin, and increase collagen metabolism. The avocado oil is great carrier oil so you can mix it with a few drops of essential oil such as lavender, argan, or tea tree oil and massage the mixture onto the face for a few minutes.
Jojoba oil can be used on acne-prone, oily, dry, or sensitive skin. The oil contains a natural form of Vitamin E and other antioxidants, that protect the skin from environmental damage, kill P.acnes bacteria responsible for acne, soothe inflamed skin, promote collagen production, and add moisture. Heat a little amount of jojoba oil and apply it onto freshly cleansed skin for a few minutes.