Every face tells a story, so the saying goes. What’s yours saying to the world – ready for action or ready for bed? Our incredible mugs are somewhat of an evolutionary masterpiece, no two being the same, and they differ more from each other than any other part of the body. How many times have you said, “I could just tell by their face…” and read an emotion or wellbeing into a simple expression or pallor? So, best we look after them. There’s nothing quite like a face massage to help you relax, and the benefits are more far-reaching than you might think. Face massage tips incoming.
You are on-the-go, all day every day, smiling, laughing, shouting, listening, being curious and showing buckets of empathy. And that’s a whole load of face muscles and energy put out there for the greater good. Time spent massaging your face will help relieve tension, draw your attention inwards back to you and prepare your whole self for some night-time restoration.
Face rollers are good for helping with under-eye circles, wrinkles, acne, and helping skincare products absorb more easily into the skin.
Nothing beats a good technique, and in this case, it’s your complexion that will thank you for it. To get the best out of your new glow-enhancing gadget, try our step-by-step guide on how to work-up your face workout.
But first, some necessary prep: cleanse with your favourite oil, after applying serum or cream – but don’t let it dry. Why not pop your roller in the fridge for extra coooolness while you do it?
Step one: Gently does it
Using an upward stroke, start at your chin, gently glide along your jawbone and up towards your ear. Repeat on each side.
Step two: Cheeks and temples
Glide to your cheeks and roll up your cheekbones towards your temples. Repeat on each side.
Step three: Heads up
Move to the tip of your eyebrow arch and gently roll up towards your hairline. Make your way from one side of your forehead to the other, before switching it up and rolling across in a horizontal sweep, and repeat.Shop now
Feeling the strain? Let’s face it, anything worthwhile usually takes effort and a fair amount of sacrifice, and tension can really start to build up if we’re not harnessing the right amount of self-care. We need to let ourselves off the hook every now and then, and chill. A face massage works wonders to help relieve tension, but if you need to help your brain and body slow down after a hard day’s graft, here are some more stress-busting tips to help you turbo-boost your all-about-me time.
Breathing. Remember that? That amazing thing that we started doing the moment we came out of our mum’s tum and what has been fuelling everything from our memory to our ability to wake up and get going in the morning, not to mention putting a happy-glow into our complexion. It’s a dull fact that so many of us forget to breathe properly during the day, hunched over computers or taking ridiculously shallow breaths as we focus-focus-focus on other things.
So, this is your breathing wake up call. You can go all yogi-at-home and bring some breathing techniques from the mat to your living room. There’s a centuries-old tool box right there, everything from breath-of-fire to alternate-nostril-breathing. The idea is you expel deoxygenated air and fill up on freshly oxygenated air, whilst getting your blood pumping with a heart and lung work out.
Or, the non-yogi version. Lie down. Shut your eyes, pop on an eye mask for extra calm, then put one hand on your chest and one hand on your tummy and just breathe. Focus on filling each with air. Ten minutes here and the world may seem like a tranquil place once more.