No amount of makeup can give you the glow that a natural skin treatment does. If your skin is healthy and well taken care of it will glow from within. To maintain a clear and glowing complexion it’s important to maintain a healthy blood circulation. A proper blood circulation means that the cell renewal process takes place at a much higher speed which eventually slows the skin’s ageing process and rids it of all the toxins stored inside it. Massaging your face on a consistent basis not only improves the blood circulation but also works on the muscles and gives your face a youthful and sculpted look.
In addition face massages are equally helpful in relieving stress and headaches. And when it comes to following a massage method that lifts years off your skin and relaxes your whole being Japanese facial massage takes the lead. Japanese women are particularly known for their wrinkle free youthful skin so much that some people have started believing that Japanese women do not age at all. The secret to their youth lies in their face massage technique which they fervently follow.
Here Are The Steps To Perform Japanese Facial Massage:
1. Cleanse Your Face
Before you begin the massage its important to cleanse your face with a mild facial cleanser to make sure that grime on your face does not go deep into the skin pores. Slather your face and neck with a foaming cleanser and wash it off with warm water. Follow it up with an application of a light moisturizer. Pour a tablespoon of your preferred massage lotion or oil on your palm and apply it all over your face and neck until you feel that the slipperiness is just right to perform the massage.
2. Start From Forehead
Place your fingertips at the widest points of your cheek bones near your temples and apply a little pressure at this region. Slide your fingertips down moving them over the lymph nodes located below your earlobes towards the sides of your neck and collarbone. Now Place the fingertips of both your hands at the centre of your forehead and press your fingertips lightly at this area. Slide fingers of both hands in opposite directions towards the temple region and then down towards the earlobes, sides of your neck and finally towards the collarbone. Perform three repetitions of this step.
3. Massaging The Eye Area
Since the area surrounding the eyes is very sensitive make sure that you use gentle movements while massaging this area. Place your fingertips at the outer corners of your eyes and gently move them under your lower eyelids towards the inner corners of the eyes. Pause a little and glide your fingertips up towards the upper eye lids and move them in outward direction just below the brow bone of both the eyes till your fingers reach the temple region. Move the fingers again towards the lower eyelids till the inner corners of the eyes then move back towards the highest points of your cheekbones and the slide your fingers down towards the earlobes, sides of neck and collarbone. Do three repetitions of this step.
4. Chin And Mouth
Place fingertips of both your hands just below your lower lip at the centre of your chin. Press your fingers gently and move your fingers in opposite directions towards the outer corners of your mouth. Pause and then move your fingers over the upper lip area till your fingers meet at the region below your nostrils. Apply gentle pressure at the base of your nostrils and repeat this procedure two more times starting from the centre of your chin. finish this step by massaging the sides of your nostrils and nose in circular motion.
5. Massaging The Cheeks
Hold one side of your face with one hand by placing your hand beneath your chin and jaw. Place the fingertips of the other hand at the other side of the face over the jaw under the inner corner of your eye. Move the fingers in upward direction till the apple of your cheek and then towards the sinus region. Pause a little and then move your fingers over the cheeks towards the temple region . Press a little and then slide your fingers over the lymphatic area down towards the collarbone. Do two to three repetitions of this procedure on each side of your face. Finish this step by pressing fingertips of both hands on ara just above the sides of both nostrils and moving your fingers over your cheeks and temple area and then down towards your neck and collarbone.
6. Massaging With Thumb
Using different parts of your hands for massaging is believed to be beneficial in more ways than one. Place the base of your thumbs also known as “mount of venus” on the sides of your chin and move in upward direction over your cheek ball area and then towards the sinus region. Apply gentle pressure and move towards the temples and then down towards your ears and neck. Now place the base of your thumbnear your nostrils and move them over the temple area and then down till the earlobes and sides of your neck. Now massage the area near your jaw and temples in upward direction using the mount of venus and then move down over the lymphatic area and stop when you reach the sides of your neck.
7. Massaging With Forefinger
Place the forefingers of both hands along the inner corners of both eyes and support your face by placing the thumbs below the jawline. Sweep your forefingers over your cheeks towards the temple region and then move them in downward direction over the lymphatic are and the sides of your neck. Repeat this step two more times. At the end, hold your face with one hand and gently massage your entire forehead with the fingertips of the other hand in up and down motion atleast ten to twenty times to relax the tension muscles located on your forehead. Finish the massage by placing the fingertips of both hands at the centre of your forehead just below the hairline and move along the temples, cheekbones, lymphatic area and the side of your neck.