Long before Botox and facelifts, women were taking precautions to prevent signs of aging. Some of these ancient techniques and tools are making a comeback, and women are loving the results.
Asian women have been pioneers in understanding how to keep their skin looking youthful and glowing. They have been practicing facial massage for centuries, and it seems as though the U.S. is just now catching on to this trend. Facial massage has a plethora of benefits if you do it on a regular basis.
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Just like massaging your body, it can relieve tension in your face muscles. When we tense up our facial muscles, those areas are much more likely to get wrinkles. Massaging those areas a few minutes each day can help wrinkles from setting in.
You can also increase blood and oxygen flow to the face by massaging the soft lines around your mouth, eyes, and brows. Be sure to concentrate on the delicate skin around the eye area with gentle circular motions. This technique is a natural facelift in itself! Bringing more blood flow to the area increases collagen production, which gives a healthy and natural glow to the complexion.
After you have applied your moisturizers and serums, massaging your face helps get those products into the deeper layers of your skin.
A gua sha is a massage tool that creates simple press-stroke action along the facial contours. This beauty treatment has been deployed across Asia for thousands of years, as it has a unique ability to encourage the circulation under the skin, bring nutrients and boost collagen and elastin. The stone tool works with the energetic lines in the face to relieve congestion, move lymphatic fluids, reduce acne, discharge toxins, relieve headaches, and lift and tighten skin. If used daily, the results are instant and cumulative. Hand and Land, an all-natural beauty boutique in Park Place, sells a rose quartz gua sha that they can’t keep in stock.
“My complexion is brighter, more supple, hydrated and my skin tone is more even,” owner Jessica Moler says of the tool’s effectiveness. $18, handandland.com
Jade face rollers have dated back to early 7th century China, where the stone was believed to have healing and protective properties. Most face rollers have an oblong stone at one end that can be used like a paint roller. While Jade rollers have been getting the most buzz, the team at Hand and Land recommend one in quartz or rose quartz.
“The natural stone roller works wonders when paired with a serum or facial oil,” says Moler. “Together they rejuvenate, plump fine lines, release blocked sinuses, reduce dark circles and congestion around eyes, soothe inflamed skin and provide relief from headaches.” $24, handandland.com
The London-based company 001 Beauty has developed one of the newest massage tools on the beauty scene. The Eyecicle is a temperature conditioning beauty device designed to be chilled and used around the eyes, employing acupressure techniques on the 7 pressure points. The tool is delicately made with artisan glass techniques so the entire contact surface is rounded and smoothed with no seam. If you’re not familiar with “temperature conditioning,” it’s a treatment devised to improve aging and damaged skin by stimulating blood circulation with cool temperatures. Using the Eyecicle with massage motions of swiping, circling and pointing, the frequency of stimulations works to plump up fine lines and wrinkles, lift the eye contour and firm skin, diminish dark circles and puffiness, and reveal radiance around the eyes. $250, 001skincare.com