Everyone loves to pamper themselves, and getting a facial is no exception. And there’s no reason why you can’t give yourself one of the most amazing and relaxing facials available anywhere in the world!
A facial massage with a facial roller – also known as micro-needling or collagen induction therapy (CIT) – has many benefits, including stimulating collagen production, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin tone and texture, reducing acne and blackheads, firming your skin and creating lasting glowing effects! So how do you give yourself the perfect facial? We show you in 10 easy steps!
1) Soften your face
One of the keys to a successful face massage is getting your skin nice and soft. Make sure you use a hot washcloth on your face before starting so that it’s warm and pliable; you can also try putting it in warm water for a few minutes.
Next, start off with gentle pressure, massaging just enough so that you can feel it, but not too much that you cause any discomfort. A face massage is best if it’s slow and focused on one part of your face at a time—you don’t want to overwhelm yourself or overwork any one area of your skin.
2) Breathe. Focus on yourself.
Self-care is a lot of things, but one thing it isn’t is selfish. Treating yourself well can have positive impacts on your entire life. Of course, it takes courage to give yourself time for your self-care routine—but it’s worth it. You are worthy of some self-nurturing and pampering!
The first step in taking care of yourself is simply recognizing that you need some time to focus on your own well-being and acknowledging that yes, you are going to need to put some time aside for your own needs—so other people may not get as much from you or notice from you as much during that period. That’s okay; just do what you can. This is something important and precious to you!
3) Feel how the roller moves across your skin.
Your skin should feel like it’s being stretched, so roll down and then up again. If you can’t see what’s going on, touch your skin with your fingers to make sure you’re rolling evenly. Are there any puckered or crinkled areas?
Does one side of your face look a little different than another? Make adjustments accordingly and continue rolling.
Each pass should cover an area of at least three inches by three inches (five centimeters by five centimeters). It may help to draw small lines on yourself using a water-based pen, so that you don’t miss any spots while rolling.
4) Press gently
Start on one side of your face and hold a soft, smooth roller at arm’s length. Press it gently into your skin, starting at your earlobe and working down toward your jawline, applying light pressure as you go. Try to avoid rolling over any same muscle or bone more than twice, if possible.
The idea is to relax muscles with repeated, gentle pressure—not beat them up. If a particular spot feels tense or tender when you press on it with a roller, pause there for two to three breaths before moving on.
5) Tap all over – right, left, top, bottom…
Use gentle tapping motions all over your face, from your forehead to your neck and cheeks. Roll vertically, horizontally and diagonally. Pay attention to each area: forehead, cheekbones, nose, mouth area and jawline.
This helps bring fresh blood flow to all of those areas which will give you a healthy complexion. Be very gentle around your eyes – rolling too hard around that area could cause some serious damage so just be light with it!
If you like one side more than another (for instance, I prefer a vertical massage on my right cheek versus my left) roll one side two or three times while relaxing before switching to another side.
6) Go slowly at first
First of all, don’t go crazy with your self-massage right away. Just because you have a roller doesn’t mean you should run it all over your face and neck immediately. Start slow; let your skin get used to feeling intense pressure applied by the roller.
If you start off too quickly, you can end up irritating your skin and causing more harm than good! This is especially important if you already have sensitive skin or suffer from eczema or rosacea—you definitely want to be careful not to aggravate those conditions any further!
Spend a few days easing into using your roller regularly before ramping up speed and pressure levels. Then, build on that knowledge until you’re giving yourself an effective facial massage every day.
7) Enjoy yourself (no tv!)
Life is short and stressful, so try to relax as much as possible. Take time out of your busy schedule to do something that makes you happy. (Just avoid watching TV; you may think it’s relaxing, but it’s a poor substitute for real rest.)
Try meditation, yoga, tai chi or just sitting outside with a cup of tea and a good book. Whatever works for you!
8) Target specific areas of tension with deep pressure strokes and hold briefly.
Using a rolling massage tool can be really relaxing, especially if you apply pressure to your temples and jaw area.
Don’t apply too much pressure on tender or sensitive areas, though; you want to leave that delicate skin feeling relaxed, not hurt. Work from top to bottom, applying more pressure as you move down your face.
9) Use slow strokes on sensitive areas like near the eyes and lips.
Be careful not to massage too hard or use sharp, short strokes here—these delicate areas are very sensitive. If you aren’t sure about how hard to go, start with just a few light strokes on each side of your face.
As you get more comfortable with it, work up to a stronger pressure. (A good rule of thumb is your skin should look like a pale pink when you’re done.)
10) Keep going until you’re relaxed!
It’s been said that there are two kinds of people – those who like a good massage and those who don’t. If you fall into that first category, then roll yourself a facial massage using a foam roller or mini-roller (the kind used by physiotherapists).
It may seem weird, but it’s incredibly relaxing and can help improve skin tone as well as reduce puffiness.
The idea is to relax your face muscles, which will take pressure off tense facial structures. The face roller is designed with firm, round balls that can be used on different parts of your face. Try rolling them along your forehead, then over your cheeks and under your eyes.
By rolling them over your ears and jaw line you’ll relieve tension where you may feel pain from TMJ or grinding of teeth at night. If a little voice in your head is saying ouch! stop and try another area that feels more comfortable for you.
Go slow and let yourself relax into it rather than trying to move quickly through a roll-over routine like some kind of weirdo massage machine.