Today we’re discussing my MOST FAVORITE subject ever: FACIAL MASSAGE.
Ya ya ya, you’ve all heard about my jaw surgery experience 248946 times, but it’s what started my love affair with facial massage, ice rolling & lymphatic drainage. SO IT IS WORTH GOING OVER EVERY SPECK OF DETAIL.
Skincare has become extremely popular since the beginning of the pandemic. Right ? Selfcare, especially facial care, is still all the rage and if you want to hop on board, but just don’t know how to get started, this post is made for you & sealed with a kiss.
Skin is IT & I’d rather invest in a facial every month than handbags & shoes. Getting facials is a necessary luxury & is one of THE most relaxing things after a long day, plus, for me, it’s research for The Skinny Confidential community too. I always want to be trying new things to be on the pulse.
(Sidenote: I always ask for extra facial massage & lymphatic drainage when I get a facial. More on those specifics are in this post).
There are also tons of benefits to regular facial massage like stress relief, anxiety relief, tightening up saggy areas of the face, fighting acne, improving circulation, getting rid of all that dead skin ( yes plz ), and having cleaner & healthier skin overall. Plus, facials that focus on anti-aging are great because they focus on hydration and preventing annoying fine lines & wrinkles.
So ya, facials from a facialist are amazing but you can also do facial massage at home, for FREE (YES FREE, watch my tutorial here ) or using certain tools. So I wanted to get all my favorite massage tools in one place for you guys, a little roundup if you will ?
These tools ( & your own hands ) will keep your skin feeling dewy, glowy, plump & smooth.
The Best Tools For Facial Massage:
Prepping your skin for facial massage is very important. Facial shaving will remove peach fuzz, remove dead skin, get your circulation going & help your skincare products absorb into your skin better.
THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL HOT SHAVE RAZOR was specifically designed for women’s faces. It’s cute, pink, easy to hold, comes with replacement blades & perfectly pairs with our new HOT SHAVE CREAM.
YES !! THIS IS THE FIRST EVER shaving cream for women’s faces. We designed it with your skin in mind ( thanks to shea butter, olive oil, aloe leaf and Vitamin E ) so it’s ACTUALLY good for your complexion, plus it helps prevent any nicks or cuts and allows for a closer shave. Another first of its kind because let’s face it men’s shaving creams are full of gross shit we don’t want on our faces ? Packaging is dreamy & it’s so cute next to your pink, silicone razor.
Let’s normalize women shaving their faces, right? Research shows men age slower than women because they’re constantly exfoliating their faces…WITH SHAVING.
The ultimate duette designed to give you glowy, hairless, SMOOTH AF skin can now be purchased together as THE SHAVETTE KIT so get her while she lasts!
Shaving your face will only enhance your facial massage experience, trust me, k?
Peter Thomas Roth has some amazing products and this serum feels so good on the skin.
Use this serum before starting your facial massage to hydrate, reduce fine lines & wrinkles. It will make your skin feel silky & smooth. Just how we like it. I love nourishing oil too. Pick your poison.
THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL HOT MESS ICE ROLLER is literally like a magic wand for massaging the inflammation right out of your face. It is one of THE best tools to use for facial massage, so no wonder that it’s Sean Garrette approved. It will instantly reduce redness & swelling, shrink your pores, boost circulation & help with lymphatic drainage.
Like it instantly depuffs & smooths. I do it every single morning the second I wake up. It’s non-negotiable in my morning routine. You can keep yours in the freezer if you like it real fucking cold like me or you can keep it in the fridge too. It stays cold way longer than other ice rollers too. More on how to use an ice roller HERE.
HOT TIP: Recently when I went to see Brooke at The Road in AUSTIN, Texas for a facial she HEATED UP THE HOT MESS & used it to help with lymphatic drainage. My mind was literally blown & it felt so good.
Love cupping. It’s one of my favorite body treatments for reducing tension & improving overall circulation. But we need to talk about FACIAL cupping, specifically. Because let me tell you it’s a REAL game changer. Facial cupping flips the script by creating a pulling motion rather than a pushing motion like most other tools.
I like to think of it as like a reverse massage. Facial cupping is FABULOUS for improving circulation & of course facial manipulation. Highly recommend.
For a facial massage that’s easy on sensitive skin, exfoliates, firms, & removes makeup, the Foreo Luna Facial Massage Brush is your best friend. It is absolutely perfect for at-home facial massaging and comes highly recommended by French Beauty Journalist Clémence Von Mueffling.
Not only will it massage your face it also gets rid of dirt, oil, & excess sebum, plus it will leave your skin GLOWING. It also has 16 different pulsing frequencies. JUST OMIGOD YES.
With pomegranate, raspberry, & blueberry seed oil, THE ICE QUEEN FACE OIL is cooling, moisturizing, & replenishing. It will prevent moisture loss, restore your skin’s natural barrier, & reduce the look of fine lines & wrinkles. Use it before a facial massage with your hands or right after massaging with THE HOT MESS ICE ROLLER ( or any massaging tool ) for better absorption.
The Clarisonic Cleansing Brush is literally one of the best beauty investments I’ve ever made & one of those facial tools you really shouldn’t live without. For de-puffing & contouring, apply some of your favorite oil or serum & use the cleansing brush to massage your face.
You can also use this tool on your neck, chest, & shoulders. AND LIKE TAKE it to the tits, always.
For a massage that sculpts & tones the face, you have to try gua sha. It’ll make your face feel so damn good. Plus it’ll leave you feeling just so relaxed. If you’re new to gua sha, check out this tutorial to see what it’s all about.
Another French beauty secret I learned from Clémence Von Mueffling is to massage with Jonctum. This super soothing & restorative cream is budget-friendly & perfect for those of us that need some serious skin repair. I LOVE.
I run puffy. A lot of people too. Like too many Flaming Hot Cheetos- kind of puffy. One too many Pinot Noirs- inflamed. Step foot on an airplane- I blow up like Violet from Willy Wonka. AND if there is one thing I can not stand, it is a swollen face & puffy eyes. Jade is an age-old tool used for maintaining body fluid & this jade facial roller is proof. Use this roller each day to promote elasticity, improve circulation, & to keep those facial muscles strong. Cleopatra was a FAN !
I love vibrators for a lot of reasons, meow. But most importantly, I love a little vibrator for facial manipulation. If you haven’t already heard, let me be the first to tell you that vibrators for the face are totally a thing. I like to set aside at least 5 to 10 minutes with my vibrator each day to plump, brighten, & improve circulation throughout my face.
This one is cute, pink, discreet, fits in your handbag & comes with all different heads for your face, or, eer, you know, wherever else you want to use it. LOL.
I love this Plum Elixir because you can use it on your face, lips, & hair. Massage just a few drops into your face morning & night for instant hydration & a glow you’ll be addicted to. Think of it as an instant hydrator that’s vegan, cruelty-free, contains food grade oils, & doesn’t contain any water. It’s some straight up shit. It’s also MAGICAL if you have sensitive skin.
Okay, you might think I’m crazy for including this one, but you’re just going to have to trust me here. Milk ice cubes are such a go-to, model hack. Ya, it takes a few hours for them to freeze when you make them at home, but it’s worth it.
The benefits of massaging milk ice cubes into your face are literally endless. These DIY ice cubes can help reduce acne, shrink pores, hydrate the skin, increase circulation, reduce the look of dark spots, reduce puffiness & inflammation AND it just feels really fucking good.
When massaging your face this is a great oil to use. I like to use this one when I’m using my hands to massage my face & I really focus on the skin around my eyes to reduce facial bloating & under-eye bags. It’s organic, anti-aging, full of antioxidants, & perfect for any skin type. Plus, when you’re done with your massage you can just leave the oil on & apply your makeup for a dewy look.
There you have it, all the best tools & oils for facial massage.
It seems kind of overwhelming but once you get into it & make facial massage a habit you’ll never look back. Set aside a few minutes every morning or night ( or both ! ) to reap the benefits of facial massage.
A really great tip that my facialist in San Diego taught me ( what up Mo! ) is to just do what feels good. Yes, for lymphatic draining you want to be going in an outward direction then draining fluid down, but don’t get so caught up in doing it properly that you don’t do it at all. Start with your hands & just apply a pressure & technique that feels good for you.
What is your favorite facial massage tool? Would love to know so tell me below.
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Off to shave my face, ice roll, then get oiled up like a wet rat. YOU KNOW DE-PUFFING GIRL SHIT.
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