Touching your face has had a lot of bad press lately for obvious reasons! Clean hands are a pre-requisite before starting any kind of face massage.
This article on healthline.com explains the different types of face massage, and is also the source of my instructions below. With even a simple perspective, we know that blood and lymph circulation is the way the body brings oxygen and nutrients to organs (including the skin) and takes away waste products. Gently massaging the face encourages circulation of both blood the the lymph system and so gives a boost to this nourishing and cleansing process - bringing in regenerating oxygen and removing toxins. Even more importantly, the act of self-care, and time taken to be in the moment and pampering yourself helps to provide stress relief and emotional soothing that helps us be more resilient and giving throughout our lives.
Here are some ideas to try: (from healthline.com):
- Use a circular motion to rub your fingers into your temples.
- Use your palms and fingertips to massage the sides of your face, starting at your chin and moving up toward your forehead. Then slide your hands back down.
- Press and glide your ring fingers into your brow bone. Move from the inner to the outer corner. Then do the same movement underneath your eyes.
- Using your thumb and first finger, start at the outer corners of your eyebrows. Gently pinch your eyebrows as you move to the inner corner.
- Press your fingers into the center of your brows. Glide them up toward your hairline. Then move your fingers toward your temples.
- Press down firmly on the space between your eyebrows for a few seconds. Then continue pressing as you make clockwise and counterclockwise movements.
- Use your index and middle fingers to press under your cheekbones. Start at the center of your face and move toward your temples.
- For a stronger effect, use your knuckles to press into your face. Start at your nose and move them across your cheeks to your ears.
- Use your thumb and first two fingers to pinch the center of your chin. Pinch the skin as you move toward your ears.
- Press into your jaw as you move your fingers from the outside of your jaw toward your chin.
- Use a circular motion to massage the area under your earlobes.
- Use the outside of your pinky fingers to press into your neck, starting at the top and moving downward.
- Use your ring finger to firmly press into the inner brow, gliding toward your outer brow.
- Use your fingertips to gently tap over all the areas of your face. Then gently pinch the fleshy areas of skin.