Clear and Beautiful Canvas
Facial massage is a crucial step in your daily skincare routine. It’s all about bringing everything back to basics so that we can achieve the best skin foundation.
Words NICHOLA JOSS
Creating a clear and beautiful canvas enables us to apply the best make-up possible, so you’ve got your skin, only better with make-up. You’ll find that foundation will go on easier, and that you’ll need less of it. The whole process will also be less time-consuming and the final look less camouflaged, because you’re working with the best skin you can have. Plus, you’ll be spending less on products, as you won’t need a primer or two or three different concealers. Dry patches tend to be a sign that skin is dehydrated, rather than actually dry — a big misconception. The problem is usually an external issue, not a skin condition, so it’s really easy to fix, by using simple oils on your face — and massaging.
Creating a clean canvas enables us to apply the best make-up possible, so you’ve got your skin, only better with make-up.
If you massage every single day, you’ll have rebalanced skin that is hydrated. You’ll have an even skin tone, and the texture will improve. Also, it’s really beneficial for the muscles — especially if you start in your twenties and thirties, when muscles are in the right position and there’s no atrophy or wastage. It’s the same principle as going to the gym when you’re in your twenties: if you keep up the discipline, you will have the same body in your forties, give or take. So, if you maintain a good routine and massaging becomes a part of your daily skincare ritual, you’re going to have healthy, strong muscles and a lifted and contoured facial structure, with less risk of drooping and sagging.
It’s also good for your well-being, as you’re de-stressing your muscles. The amount of strength and tension you hold in your facial muscles is huge. You’re constantly using your face — when talking, eating, looking, reading, emailing and so on — and if you never relieve any of the tension, it will become impacted, and that’s when you start sagging and drooping.
If you maintain a good routine and massaging becomes a part of your daily skincare ritual, you’re going to have healthy, strong muscles and a lifted and contoured facial structure.
Start your massage from the cleansing stage, working deeply and rhythmically around the face from the centre outwards and upwards. This will not only deeply cleanse the skin, but will also stimulate muscle tissue and build circulation, removing congestion and toxins from the lower layers of the skin. Use your fingers and work in a circular motion, feeling for any tension and tightness in the muscles. Slowly apply pressure and sweep along the tension points, to relax, firm and tone the muscle, then rinse skin with warm water and use a muslin cloth to remove all cleansing particles, before spritzing with facial toner, to refresh and rebalance the skin. When applying your facial oil or moisturiser, use the same massage technique to push the product and ingredients deep into the skin. This will thoroughly nourish and feed skin cells, as well as hydrating and moisturising lower layers of the skin. Layering products onto the skin will improve moisturisation, hydration and correction. It’s important to leave time in between layering your products, to allow the ingredients to fully penetrate and start work. I’ve always incorporated massage into my clients’ treatments, as I believe it’s one of the most essential elements of a facial. I also encourage people to include massage in their daily skincare routines — the correct at-home-maintenance will allow you to develop your own personal technique. A facial massage, it’s a foundation!
Photography Claire Brand
Make-up Alexandra Pouliadis
Hair Asashi Yamaguchi at Caren using ORIBE HAIR CARE
Nails Trish Lomax at Jed Root using OPI
Model Jessica at SUPA Model Management
Special thanks to Loft Studios