Why You Should Try Facial Exercises At Home

Regular facial exercises can smooth skin, release tension and even boost firmness and elasticity over time. But how often should we be doing them and what are the correct techniques to know? From the importance of facial oil to why you should use your fingers and knuckles to sculpt, three experts share their advice...

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Regular Exercises Support The Ageing Process

“There are many reasons facial exercises are important but, first and foremost, they're a great way to support the ageing process. By easing facial tension, they help to support the muscles, increasing blood and lymphatic flow, and also allow you to take a moment for yourself.” – Abigail James, facialist & skincare expert 

“When you spend time massaging the facial muscles, you immediately start working the lymphatic system, which keeps the body free from toxins and fluids. A thorough massage will improve the contours of your face by allowing muscles to sit where they should be. Massage will also help to improve tone and texture, refine pores, remove congestion and keep your complexion clear. Expect to see a lifted appearance if it's done regularly.” – Nichola Joss, facialist and creator of ‘The Inner Facial’

They Are Easier Than You Think

“You can’t really go wrong with facial exercises. Some people over complicate them when it’s as simple as working from the centre and following the contours of your face upwards and outwards towards the hairline. Try not to work down the face, instead keeping your motions upwards at all times to support the muscle tissue. A common misconception is that being too firm will cause your skin to stretch or produce wrinkles. This isn’t the case. It’s worth noting, though, that you can be firmer under the cheekbones, along the jawline and on the forehead.” – Nichola 

    When you spend time massaging the FACIAL MUSCLES, you immediately start working the LYMPHATIC SYSTEM, which keeps the body free from TOXINS and FLUIDS.

    There Are Several Techniques

    “Big, circular movements, using your fingers or knuckles are best. They can be done fast or slow, deep or light, and all over the face. This method doesn’t need to follow a specific routine and is accessible to anyone that’s new to facial massage. You can create different methods using the tips of your fingers, or the full length of them. You can ease off with pressure or be firmer – flicking, pinching, plucking, tapping or criss-crossing – they're all methods you can use, so be playful. Gua Sha tools are great, too.” – Abigail 

    “One of my favourite techniques is known as the ‘jaw sculpt.’ Using your index and middle fingers like scissors, you bend them to create rabbit-like ears. Then work your opposite hand to the opposite side of your face, pinching the chin with the two fingers, firmly gliding all the way outwards towards your ear. You can repeat this 8-10 times each side. Another good technique is to use the outer edge of your hands, elbows touching, glide your hands from your mouth, underneath the cheekbone right up to the hairline in a V shape. This will help plump your cheekbones, providing you use a firm pressure. Again, repeat 8-10 times.” – Michaella Bolder, skincare expert 

    Maintenance & Consistency Is Essential

    “Just like exercise for the body, you need to be consistent with your facial massages. It takes patience, but if you have 15 minutes to mindlessly scroll through your phone, you have time for your face. Remember our faces are made up of muscles working in all directions on a very physical level, so you need to help these overworked tissues where you can.” – Abigail 

    “You should massage your face every day. I like to perform facial exercises at night when you have more time to unwind and indulge. Aim for a slight pink flush to the skin when you use the firm pressure that’s recommended. Make sure you work extra hard on areas that typically collect tension, including the jaw and above and around your eyebrows. Make sure you open the lymphatic system first by pulsing behind the ears for ten counts. Always finish your massage with a gentle glide down to the sides of the neck to drain everything away.” – Michaella

      Just like exercise for the body, you need to be CONSISTENT with your FACIAL MASSAGES.

      A Bit Of Slip Is Needed 

      “For mature, dry skin, you should make sure you have enough slip so you can glide effortlessly around the face. Before you get to work, make sure you use a facial balm or oil. This will mean less reddening of the skin and less inflammation. As you begin ‘exercising’ use a firm, strong pressure. Always work under the muscles, not over the bone, and remember to work from the centre of the face outwards, but upwards.” – Michaella 

      One Quick Routine To Try Now…

      “There are several routines you can try at home, but this is the one I always give my clients,” says Nichola. “It’s easy, can be done every day and gives visible results by encouraging a more nutritious, oxygenated blood flow to your skin cells and muscle tissue.”

      Step 1: Apply your favourite facial oil to the palms of your hands and rub them together gently. Place your palms onto the cheeks and side of the face, gently pressing in the oil. Take your palm and place it onto the forehead pressing any remaining oil in. Then, use your other palm to sweep down from under your ears toward the centre of the neck, ending at the opposite shoulder. Do the same the other side, repeating three times each way. This will help to open your lymphatic system.

      Step 2:  Working from the bridge of the nose, use your fingers to sweep outwards and upwards towards the hairline and forehead. Do this six times.

      Step 3: Take your index and your middle finger and hold the jaw between the two fingers. Firmly, start from the chin upwards and as you go, gently bend the knuckles, sweeping up towards the edge of your jawline. Do this six times.

      Step 4: Taking the heels of the palms of the hand gently press under the cheekbone area and push the palms in and hold for a count of six.

      Step 5: Now it’s time to work the eye area. Place your index fingers on your temples, gently supporting the skin and pulling slightly towards the hairline. Keep that finger in place, take your middle finger and gently sweep under the eye area towards the bridge of the nose and; then, using more pressure, slowly work upwards from the bridge along the eyebrow. Repeat this six times.

      Step 6: Finish by massaging the face using the fingertips in a circular motion – always working outwards and upwards.

       

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