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How to Administer a Facial Massage to Yourself

Updated on January 27, 2013
Massage is one of the most beneficial treatments you can give yourself.
Massage is one of the most beneficial treatments you can give yourself. | Source

Massage Relieves Tension

one of the many benefits of massage is to eliminate tension headaches.
one of the many benefits of massage is to eliminate tension headaches. | Source

Facial Massage ~

If you have not heard of this or tried it at home, you are missing out one of the most beneficial beauty regimes that is practiced throughout the world.

There are many different types of massage based on Eastern or Western philosophies and traditions. Here I will be showing basic massage movements everyone will find easy to do on themselves and may easily be incorporated into your daily life. Aromatherapy fans will find a daily massage highly therapeutic using massage oils or creams which incorporate essential oils.

No need to go to a Beauty Therapist or Massage Therapist for this.

Massage was one of my favorite treatments I learnt whilst training as a Beauty Therapist. It was a treatment I looked forward to receiving from fellow students and would often fall asleep it was so relaxing.

In turn I have never been short of volunteers or guinea pigs in family and friends all biting at the bit to have a facial massage and yes, quite often they have had a quick twenty winks.

The only facial massage tools you need are your hands and a massage oil, cream or use your regular moisturizer and use this technique for applying it, saving time and products. No excuses to not having enough time in other words!

The benefits of administering a massage for yourself are quite extensive and are easily achieved.

Self Facial Massage

facial massage manipulations are easy to administer on yourself.
facial massage manipulations are easy to administer on yourself. | Source

Benefits of Facial Massage ~

  • Reduction of Puffiness
  • Improves Circulation
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • More Even Complexion
  • Brighter Complexion
  • Increased Muscle Tone
  • Reduction of Fluid
  • Reduction of Wrinkles
  • Eliminates Toxins
  • Prevents Dark Circles
  • Increases Cell Renewal
  • Promotes Softer, Smoother Skin
  • Improves Mood
  • Eliminates Stress
  • Soothes Headaches
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Boost the Immune System

Easy Quick Facial Massage ~

  • To start, make sure skin is cleansed. Wash your hands well to get rid of any bacteria before applying moisturizer on your fingertips.
  • Apply moisturizer all over the face to give a light coating.
  • You need to be able to move the hands and fingers freely over the skin without dragging or pulling the skin.
  • Massage the skin using the finger tips and apply moderate pressure on the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin with very light pressure around the eye.
  • Place your fingers on the centre of your forehead in a vertical line hands side by side.
  • Move your hands away from each other across the forehead to the sides of the temples applying slight pressure.
  • From the temples move your hands down the cheeks to the chin.
  • Repeat this movement for several minutes.

Palming Eyes Massage ~

Similar to Reiki and other energy based massage techniques. Ideal for anyone who prefers not to work directly on the skin around the delicate eye area.

  • Wash the hands thoroughly and rub the palms together to create heat.
  • Place your warm palms directly over open eyes and leave for 20-30 seconds.

Easy Facial Massage

Wash Face Massage ~

This is another technique incorporating the palms of the hands that is great for relieving tension in the face and head. Rub your palms together vigorously to create heat.

  • Start with applying your palms on the forehead, pressing them in gently.
  • Slide your palms down the sides of your face until your fingertips reach the end of the chin.
  • Circle around the outside edges of the face (similar to when cleansing the face) until your palms are back on the forehead again and keep repeating for 2 minutes to induce a feeling of relaxation.

Excellent Facial Massage to do on Yourself

Massaging Techniques on Others

Giving a facial massage to others is best done working from behind your client as in the photograph.
Giving a facial massage to others is best done working from behind your client as in the photograph. | Source
never drag the skin down, always work in an upward movement in massage.
never drag the skin down, always work in an upward movement in massage. | Source

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Stimulation Massage ~

This massage technique is designed to stimulate the circulation, increase blood flow, maintain a clear complexion and revive tired skin.

  • With your knuckles in a loose fist you use the back of your hand to roll your knuckles over the face.
  • Start at the chin, moving up to the cheeks, temples and finally the forehead. Repeat a few times.
  • To stimulate the eye area, lightly pinch the eyebrow in-between the ring finger and thumb, starting in the center of the eyebrow and working to the outside.

Massage Tips ~

Performing a 2-3 minute a day facial massage twice a day is all it takes to reap the benefits massage provides. If you cannot do twice a day, concentrate on doing it for 5 minutes in the morning to kick start fluid drainage, improve blood flow, reduce any puffiness and energize the skin.

Using your regular moisturizer cuts down on oils and creams you need to buy.

If you wish to use household oils commonly found in our kitchen cupboard, try grape seed, almond, sunflower, sesame or marula oils. Olive oil is great when thinned a little bit. Mix with a little lemon juice for oily skin. Making your own lavender oil is excellent for any tension headaches.

Author Info ~

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Credit to homesteadbound ~

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    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespa,

      Glad you enjoyed and will be no doubt using it!! LOL It's great to awaken the skin with in the morning as you apply moisturizer and only takes a few minutes.With so many massage techniques out there across the world it is something I love doing and receiving! Thanks for the thumbs up on this!!

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      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm definitely going to give this a go. I've done some form of facial massage at times, but never have been very consistent with it. After reading all your beauty Hubs, I realize that you must have the most beautiful, supple skin ever! Thanks for sharing!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Glad you find massage helpful and do everyday! Delighted you enjoyed this and found it useful. Appreciate your enthusiasm!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I do this every morning with a little moisturizer and it has made such a difference. Great post and so very informative. WEll done!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi breakfastpop,

      Lovely to have you visit and comment, great to see you do it instinctively. Appreciate you voting, thanks so much!!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Many thanks for having a read and commenting after your break in Florida! Hope you had a fantastic time. Glad you enjoyed this and hope you give it a try. Appreciate your kind words, votes, shares etc . . . I cannot believe it is nearly a year since we started! Time sure does fly when your having fun and this has certainly been fun!!

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      7 years ago

      I really appreciate this extremely useful and interesting hub. In the morning when I apply a very, very light bit of moisturizer I instinctively massaged my face. Now I know I was on the right track and with your instructions in mind I will do a better job. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub Suzie. I need to try this every morning before I start work and maybe again after work to help relieve the stress. Something so easy and yet I'll bet that most people rarely consider trying this. Great job. Your library of DIY home remedies is very impressive. Should pay big dividends down the road. VU, sharing, etc......

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi randomcreative,

      A face massage is simple and easy to do on yourself and you can always pass on the massage techniques to your other half who could do it on you as a spa facial. It is so relaxing, give it a try! Glad you enjoyed and took time to read and comment :-)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a wonderful idea to do this at home! It is still very relaxing and beneficial and is a fraction of the cost. Thanks for the detailed overview.


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