Facial Massage Techniques You Simply Have to Know

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Rather than paying thousands of hard-earned dollars/pounds/euros on ‘fake plastic quick-fix quick way to looking strangely chiseled’ facial treatments, why not plan ahead and instead pay a little of your precious day to day time into applying some touch base sensory massage. If you wish to retain a glowing, natural-looking refined complexion, toned contours and a radiant texture that defies your age, then a few facial massage techniques might be worth to learn.  With a little know-how and a bantam of help from nature’s botanical garden you can delay the effects of ageing with quite remarkable results.

Quick Video on Facial Massage Techniques

Massage and Long-term Results

We’re going to look at some basic principal techniques for facial massage and explain a little about why and in what manner they are good for you. En route we’ll acknowledge how the integration of self-energy (pressure placement) and aromatherapy (essential oils) can increase the benefits ad infinitum. Keep in mind here that two of the most important ingredients for this beautifying regime are ‘discipline’ and ‘regularity’. We can provide you with the ‘know-how’ tips and techniques but after that, it is definitively in your hands to upkeep and produce long-term results. This is not about the ‘quick-fix’ scenario; this is about continual self-maintenance that gives you not only the look-good factor but the feel-good factor too.

Facial Massage Benefits

Various facial massage techniques have different effect on your body. If you want to do it right, you firstly need to learn about the benefits massage brings to your body. Here are some of them.

Improves Circulation

Massage is one of the most positive health-bearing forerunners of all practices and this is due to its ability to stimulate blood vessels, which in turn improves blood circulation. Good blood circulation allows for greater ease of transportation of all necessary vitamins, minerals, proteins, salts and water, not to mention life bearing oxygen, to all parts of the body (herein specifically the face and neck).  It is the combination of these components which effectively help to maintain healthy beautiful skin.

Encourages Breaking Down of Waste Products

Underneath the skin of the face and head there are about thirty muscles which are all interconnected with each other - these muscles are most notably used for the arrangement of making facial expressions and also aid the activity of eating. It is not rocket science that these activities (eating and expression) become repetitive and the repetition therein (of the contraction and extension) will, over time, subject the facial muscles to wear and tear, depleting them of energy and causing a build-up of waste products. By utilising massage you will encourage the breaking down of the waste products and increase good blood circulation thus helping to improve both suppleness and firmness of the skin in these areas. Read more about the benefits of a facial massage here.

Basic Tips to Follow

Massaging yourself or someone else isn’t a rocket science. You can easily learn it how to do it, if you know a few basics ideas that you have to follow.


Massage should be steered in harmony with the natural flow of the muscles. Correct motion improves the benefits. Take time to familiarise yourself with the contours of your face and neck, to do this simply place your hands softly onto your face, close your eyes and feel your face. Gently move your fingers over all parts and grow accustom to your shape, texture and movement of muscle. Pay attention to the area around the eyes, the eye sockets, and the arc of the brows. Follow the curves of your natural facial formation.  These are all the movements you will incorporate into your massage that will duly tone, firm and give even balance. Try with just your index fingers first, and then incorporate your middle and ring fingers into the action. Gentle tapping of the fingertips over the flesh will stimulate healthy activity both above and below the surface of the skin. With practice, you can formulate a facial massage that suits your individuality. The same follows if you want to work your magic on someone else. Listen to their body and try to feel their curves.

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Massage pressure

When performing facial massage, you should adjust your self-energy (pressure) accordingly, ensuring it befits the contours and changing conditions of your skin.  For instance, pressure applied around the eyes should be more delicate than pressure applied over the cheeks and around the jaw. These parts, including the forehead are where you can increase the force with which you give movement. You can also look at using the palms of your hands around your cheeks and forehead. Maybe even utilize the heels of your hands to lift and tone the skin from your neck up toward your chin.  Experiment and explore the shapes, lines and formations of the energy flowing between your hands and face.  A rule of thumb would be to ensure that at all times the feeling is pleasant.

Massage speed

If you can sync with the pulse that runs through your skin and make motion/movement according to that, then this is the best way to improve blood circulation.  Again remember, if you take the time to grow accustom to how your face feels then you will naturally align with your own personal rhythm. It is here that the real facial massage begins.

Ensure that whilst you are dealing with motion, direction, speed and pressure that you have an innate connection with your breathing, for this is your self-energy. That is what will activate full injection of oxygen into your efforts.  Oxygen is life-giving and your results will indeed be more noticeable when you connect with your core energy and disperse it with zeal and conviction.

Massage Frequency

Selecting how often you want to perform your facial massage is a very individual and personal choice, you may decide on it being every day for just a couple of minutes or it could be that you choose to massage just a couple of times a month. First and foremost it should align with and be agreeable to how your skin feels, with regular practice and in time you will come to understand your skins’ needs. You will intrinsically know what is required to keep your face pigment even, toned, supple and rejuvenated.

When practicing your facial massage, you can utilize: oil, cream and steam. All of which help as a ‘carrier’ for applied ‘pressure’ with your fingertips, palms or heels of hands when sensory touching your face.

Essential Aromatherapy Oils You Can Use for Massage

Here are some of the oils that will do wonders on any facial massage!

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Minimizes the look of scars and other marks on the skin; tones the skin by giving even supply of melanin. It soothes skin infections or irritations as well as relieves spasms and speeds up wound healing.


It’s sometimes referred to as olibanum. It helps reduce acne blemishes, prevents wrinkles, aids the lifting and tightening of skin, can be used where skin becomes saggy. Particularly around the jowls or under the eyes.


It’s an emollient softener. Mandarin lightens the skin, reduces excess sebum, diminishes the appearance of age spots and scars. Additionally, it minimizes the appearance wrinkles.

Facial Massage Techniques

Finally, here are some massage techniques you can try on either your own face or someone else’s.

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Simple Massage Technique for the Eyes

Using your index fingertip of both hands connect gently with the beginning arc of each respective eyebrow, gently follow the natural contour of the eyebrow in an outward circular motion and continue to trace around to the end of the eyebrow, the outer edge of the eye and beneath the lower eye line (actively following the line of the whole eye socket). Keep the circular movement going with gentle pressure, have the eyes closed so you connect inwardly with your efforts.

Allow this circular movement to enlarge so that you start to massage up into the forehead. Include now your middle finger alongside your index finger and drive the fingers up through the centre of the middle brow (third eye) and then radiate outward toward the temples. At the temples, you can motion a couple of smaller circles (perhaps four or five rotations) and then continue to trace the fingers down toward the upper cheek line and back in toward the starting point at the center of the brow. Light delicate rotations for 3-4 minutes should suffice.

Technique for Your Forehead

Here is one of the facial massage techniques that helps to soften wrinkles on your forehead. You can either put some oil, cream or water on your fingers. Place four fingers flat on your forehead. Do it with both of your hands. Once you place them in the middle of your forehead, start to slowly slide towards the temples and come back to the middle of the forehead. Keep on repeating this movement. However, do make sure to do it slowly and let your fingers feel your pulse and skin. This massage technique improves circulation and flushes out toxins out of your facial area. Additionally, it relaxes muscles and lets vitamin C to get into cells and improve collagen production. All in all, a great way to massage your face to soften your forehead.

Technique for Your Cheeks

That’s an easy and pleasant way to massage your face and let some of that blood circulate around. Cup your face with both of your palms and slide your hands towards your airs and back. Keep on repeating the movement. You could also use your finger to touch the bottom of your ears and slightly massage them. It certainly does feel good.

Facial Massage Technique for an Esthetician

Here is a technique you could try on your customers. You’re your two fingers and slowly spiral from the jawline up to the temples. It’s a good way to massage someone’s face if they are looking to get rid of chubby cheeks or annoying acne. This movement coupled with the right essential oil can do wonders to your facial features.

Stroking Under the Cheekbones

Apply some oil to your index fingers, place them just under your cheekbones near your nose. Move your fingers towards the ears while applying pressure. Slowly follow your cheekbones and go back and forth in both directions. This massaging technique will help you to lift up those cheeks and remove buildup. You might notice a sharper cheekbone line after a while too.

Stroking Up the Chin

Use two fingers of your each hand and place them on your chin. Now slide them up your face, towards your temples and all the way up to your forehead. Afterwards, repeat the movement just the other way around. You can use your palms too. Especially if you‘re massaging someone else. Try to sync up your movements with your breathing. You‘ll notice how much more relaxing the massage will become. This hand movement improves circulation in most of your face areas. Therefore, it‘s a good technique to start with and then focus on other face areas.

Technique to Clear Up Sinuses

Use the whole side of your index fingers. First, put the tips of them in between your eyebrows on your forehead, make sure the rest of the index fingers are touching your nose. Now slowly slide them down your face towards the corners of your lips. Come back and repeat the procedure. This massaging technique is good if you have a cold and if you feel in need of clearing up your sinuses. However, stay sensitive. If you notice that your face starts hurting, it‘s probably a good idea to stop and see your doctor instead. While a massage can help a lot with getting rid of some of that mucus in sinuses by pushing them out to lymph nodes, it might not always be powerful enough to help you. Seek for doctor‘s help if your sinuses are not clearing up.

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Different facial massage techniques can bring various benefits for both your health and beauty. Knowing how to do it is important. Therefore, keep on learning and improve your skills as they offer long-term benefits.






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