The best facial of my life involved no extractions. There were no lasers, no microdermabrasion machines, and no high-tech tools or showy face masks. And yet, when I emerged, I couldn't stop staring at my face. I looked like I'd just slept for a century and somehow had plumper cheeks, a more sculpted jawline, and an effortless glow like never before. The star of the treatment was a specific facial massage technique where the esthetician used the palms of her hands to firmly sculpt and knead my facial muscles, like a deep-tissue body massage, so by the time I emerged, my face literally looked like a different shape—more lifted and more contoured.
The skin-care industry is always in search of what's new, what's next and what's better in an effort to turn back the metaphorical clock: cutting-edge technology to reduce fine lines, newly-engineered ingredients to restore your youthful glow and surgical innovations to shave 10 years off your appearance. But lately, beauty enthusiasts are turning back the clock in a whole new way, by rediscovering and revitalizing centuries-old skin-care practices jade rolling and gua sha , anyone? Ancient beauty rituals are gaining renewed interest thanks to social media — and the fact that they work. The latest oldest skin-care tool to resurface?
Ah, facial massage. Daunting, and probably a little confusing, but when done right, tremendously helpful. As someone who suffers from facial bloating if I've indulged too much, or let's be real, have been eating way too much salt, this skin-care technique can be tremendously helpful. I had to know more, so I reached out to Georgia Louise, Elemis' Consulting Facialist, to find out just what techniques I should be using and why facial massage should be a more integral part of my routine. Most of us don't practice facial massage, but we have most likely received it in a facial.
Facial massage is one of the best ways to prevent wrinkles, boost lymphatic drainage and plump the skin. No wonder the technique has been popping up all over our Instagram feeds as the latest addition to a totally holistic beauty regimen. The best news of all? It only adds a couple of minutes to your morning ritual and you can teach yourself to do it at-home.