Take a few minutes out of your day to pamper your face.

The Advantages of a Facial Massage

by Pamela Simmons

If you're looking for a quick and inexpensive beauty fix, give yourself a facial massage. Facial massages, which can be done at home or by a professional, have a number of benefits that can freshen the look of your skin in just a few minutes. Done over time, these massages have substantial benefits.

1. Banish Puffiness

First thing in the morning, your eye area may be a bit puffy and bloated. An early-morning facial massage relieves puffiness by increasing oxygen and blood flow. Facial massages don't just reduce under-eye puffiness; they de-puff all areas of your face, giving your look an overall instant pick-me-up without having to use a single beauty product. While de-puffing your face, plump up your lips with a simple massage technique. Gently pinch your bottom lip to stimulate blood flow, which will give your lips a natural boost.

2. Reduce Wrinkles

Facial massages help to relax muscles, which in turn reduces wrinkles. Facial massages help to smooth frown lines, smile lines and crow's feet. Facial massages are especially good for people over 40 whose skin has started to lose elasticity, as the layers that hold the muscles together decrease in strength over time. Massage your face daily to keep these layers stronger for longer.

3. Fight Acne

Oils on the skin clog the pores, which in turn can cause pimples. If you have acne-prone skin, massage your face to reduce the occurrence of breakouts. Facial massages expel acne-causing oils and leave you with healthier skin. Combine this massage with your daily cleansing routine and you have an acne-fighting one-two beauty punch.

4. Massage While Cleansing

Massaging promotes blood circulation, which allows cleaning agents to soak into the skin, making cleansing more effective. The same goes for hydrating your skin, so much so that many moisturizing creams direct users to massage their product into the skin for best results. When you massage, do so in large, circular motions during your cleanse and follow that up with another massage while you hydrate.

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