Facial massage is thought to relieve muscle tension in the face and improve blood and lymph circulation. Here are instructions on how to give yourself a facial massage.
DIY Facial Massage
1. You will need a massage oil that's suitable for your skin type. There is a recipe for a facial massage oil below. Half (2.5 ml) to one teaspoon (5 ml) of oil should be enough for a 5-minute facial massage.
2. Beginning at the base of the throat, use gentle upward and outward strokes, progressing with sliding movements along your jawline to the base of your ears, then circular motions over your cheeks and ears and around your lips.
3. Lightly tap around the eyes with the pads of your fingers, beginning at the outer edge and working inward.
4. Next, beginning at the center of your forehead, use upward strokes to work your way outward with each hand, ending with circular strokes over your temples.
5. Repeat the entire procedure up to 5 times. No need to rinse as the oil should be completely absorbed into your skin.
Carrot and Calendula Complexion Conditioner Recipe
by Stephanie Tourles
"This penetrating, gentle, skin nourishing oil can be used as a moisturizing facial massage oil for all skin types except for very oily, sunburned, and couperose skin.
If done on a regular basis, facial massage will increase circulation and moisture retention - key during the harsh, dry winter months - resulting in smooth, glowing skin."
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) sesame, almond, hazelnut or jojoba oil
- 6 drops carrot seed essential oil
- 4 drops calendula essential oil
Make the Oil
Combine all ingredients in a 1-ounce (30 ml) dark glass bottle. Shake thoroughly to blend. Store in a dry, dark cabinet. For maximum potency, use within 1 year. Yield: 1 ounce (30 ml)
The Carrot and Calendula Complexion Conditioner recipe is from the book Naturally Healthy Skin © 1999 by Stephanie Tourles, Licensed Holistic Esthetician, with permission from Storey Publishing, www.storey.com.