It is well known that massage is a wonderful firm of physical therapy that lulls one into a meditative dreamworld, but less well known that a facial can be just as relaxing. Aside from pampering and relaxation, a facial can bring about many therapeutic and age-defying effects.
1—Keep Your Facial Muscles Firm
Taking a few minutes a day to stimulate and massage your facial muscles is just as important as any fitness routine for the rest of your body. Just as you keep up with a regular weight lifting regimen you can stimulate and massage your facial muscles to tone them keep them from sagging with age and stress. There has even been a wave of popularity with facial yoga that keeps your face muscles toned, and skin lifted.
Regular daily facial massage and exercise will fight those wrinkles better than any magical cream could. A tense facial muscle will create more stress on your skin thereby causing more wrinkles. So a regular facial massage will help keep your skin muscles toned and relaxed, looking younger for longer. Massage your face for a couple minutes daily to experience less worry lines in your future.
3—Stimulate Blood Flow for a Smoother Complexion
As you gently massage your face work in small concentric circles all over your face. Pay special attention to massage upwards and not pull down on any delicate skin. You may notice some bumps, pimples or cysts forming as you become more familiar with the landscape of your beautiful face.
Regular facial massage from 10-20 minutes will help to increase blood and oxygen flow, slowly and gently working those bumps out with less chance of an embarrassing acne breakout. If you are more prone to oily breakouts, a ten minute massage is usually sufficient. If your skin is more dry and flaky, you can enjoy a massage up to twenty minutes a day.
4—Massage Helps Absorption
If you’ve already found a serum or facial oil that works well with your skin and body chemistry, a facial massage will help your skin to absorb more of your products goodness. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to take some time out for yourself and to enjoy a few stress free minutes while taking your beauty routine to a whole new level. If you haven’t tried a castor oil treatment yet, there are a lot of benefits to including it in with your daily or weekly facial massage routine.
Believe it or not, castor oil actually has modern uses that will transform your beauty routine. And the best part? It’s a bargain. Castor oil has been used for centuries for its toxin-eliminating properties. It also helps the regeneration process to keep your skin looking youthful and clear.
One of castor oil’s main components is ricinoleic acid. Ricinoleic acid is an unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid and hydroxy acid known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This seed oil from the Castor plant can do wonders for blemish prone skin and can hydrate and smooth out a complexion naturally.
Start out by giving yourself a castor oil treatment a couple times a week or use it daily to remove makeup and dirt. You will be amazed at the change in your skin, its overall tone will improve, and you may find yourself ditching the cover-up once and for all. Start this luxuriously smooth facial treatment in the kitchen or shower with just a few supplies.
Home Facial Massage Recipe
1 bottle of Hexane-free cold pressed castor oil (usually less than $12)
1 bottle of jojoba oil, or any other oil that you know works well with your skin (also in the $12 range)
1 empty squeeze bottle for mixing and storage
1 clean face cloth
Combine the two oils into your empty squeeze bottle and shake to incorporate. Aim to get about a 50/50 mixture of castor to jojoba, though you can alter this recipe as you find the viscosity you prefer. If you are prone to more oily skin, use less castor oil and more jojoba, if your skin needs more moisture go a little more heavy on the castor oil. Now you’re ready for a super-cleansing and toning facial experience. Grab your bottle of oil mixture and facial cloth and hop in the shower or bath.
Squeeze a quarter size amount of oil into your palm and start to massage it into your face in circular and soft tapping motions. As the oil mixture warms in your palms pay special attention to any cysts, blackhead gardens, or dry patches, and close your eyes. Relax into it and give yourself the facial you know you deserve. This should last 2-3 minutes up to 20 minutes, depending on how much time you have. Massage your face, it feels wonderful and you deserve it!
Now get your clean facial cloth wet with hot water and drape it over your face, giving yourself a mini steam bath. The hot steam from the facial cloth will open up your pores and help the castor oil to dissolve dirt and oil lodged in your pores. Re-moisten your cloth with steaming hot water each time it cools down and repeat the process until most of the castor oil/jojoba mixture has been gently removed from your face.
Or Hire a Professional
A daily facial does not have to be something that you spend hundreds of dollars a month on, though it can be even more scrumptious to experience a professional’s touch. Search for a certified esthetician who uses all natural products that are nourishing for your skin, with no artificial scents or additives.
A one-hour facial can cost anywhere from $30-$300 depending on the spa, the experience of the professional, and the products used on your face. Though it may seem tempting to go for the bargain facial deal, you will typically have a more relaxing and effective experience if you invest a little more.
If you can’t afford a quality facial, don’t fret (you’ll get more wrinkles) instead, invest in a bottle of castor oil and jojoba oil and enjoy the relaxing effects of at-home facial massage with the above recipe. Either way, facial stimulation has many perks, and will keep your looking younger long into your mature years.
About the Author
Sally Mitchell began my career as a makeup artist, and after receiving a diploma in Clinical Dermatology decided to combine passions for makeup artistry and skin care becoming a licensed beauty professional. Now she shares skin care treatments with readers of Lumeskin.