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Facial massages are treatments you can do with a practitioner or on your own. The technique involves stimulating pressure points on the face, neck, and shoulders.
You can use lotions, oils, or cleansing balms with facial massages, as well as a face roller or a flat gua sha tool.
Facial massage helps promote healthy skin while relaxing your facial muscles. It has a relaxing and rejuvenating effect, helping you look and feel better.
Whether you want to use facial massage purely for relaxation or to treat a specific condition, there are plenty of techniques to try.
Continue reading to take a closer look at some of the benefits of facial massage, how you can do it on your own, and when it’s best to visit a professional.
1. Anti-aging and wrinkles
One of the main benefits of facial massage is its ability to improve the overall appearance of skin.
A small 2017 study
examined the effectiveness of facial massage that included a stimulating massage device. Participants used an anti-aging device and cream on their face and neck for 8 weeks. The effects of the cream were enhanced when used with the facial massage. Improvements were seen in wrinkles, skin sagging, and texture.
Researchers also looked at the effects of facial massage on ex vivo skin explants, or samples. For 10 days, the skin samples were massaged using an anti-aging device twice a day for 1 minute. Compared with untreated skin explants, the device caused higher rates of expression in dermal proteins, which had an anti-aging effect on the skin.
2. Sinus pressure
As long as it’s not an infectious case or during an acute stage of sinusitis, you can use massage to relieve sinus pressure, discomfort, and congestion.
Sinus massage may also help promote the drainage of mucus, alleviate headaches, and boost circulation. More in-depth scientific studies are needed to confirm and expand on the effects of sinus pressure massage.
Stimulating the skin through massage may help promote blood circulation and reduce the appearance of acne. Specific research that provides evidence of facial massage in improving acne is limited.
Some people swear by doing an olive oil massage to treat acne. Results vary, so if it’s something you’re interested in trying, test it out on a small area before massaging your entire face.
Don’t be too aggressive in your approach. Avoid any harsh motions or exfoliants, especially in sensitive areas.
People who have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) conditions may experience discomfort in the jaw or face. This can include headache, earache, or lockjaw.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, trigger point massage may help alleviate tight, inflamed, or painful jaw muscles. This discomfort may be due to chewing, jaw clenching, or teeth grinding.
Massage to relieve symptoms of TMJ may be especially effective when combined with jaw exercises.
5. Glowing skin
Facial massage may be just the ticket if you want bright, glowing skin. Research from 2002 found that 59 percent of women who had a facial massage reported a feeling of freshness and rejuvenation.
About 54 percent reported supple skin, while 50 percent experienced skin tightening. Plenty of anecdotal evidence suggests that stimulating your facial muscles can help tighten skin, relieve tight muscles, and boost circulation.
6. Skin blood flow
Using a facial massage roller has a positive effect on skin blood flow, which may help improve the appearance of skin.
According to a small 2018 study, people who had a 5-minute facial with a massage roller had increased blood flow to the area for at least 10 minutes after the massage. After 5 weeks of massage, blood flow response to heat was significantly improved.
7. Facial rejuvenation
Facial massages can help relieve tension while enhancing relaxation and skin health.
Research from 2018 points to the effectiveness of facial massage with a Pao device in encouraging facial rejuvenation. The facial massage exercise device was shown to boost facial muscle thickness and cross-sectional area in women who used the device for 30 seconds, twice a day for 8 weeks.
8. Manage scar tissue
If you have a facial scar that’s in the healing process, massage can be greatly beneficial. Massaging the scar tissue and surrounding areas may help increase blood flow, loosen up nearby tissues, and flatten bumps.
Facial massage may also help relieve symptoms such as pain, itchiness, and tenderness. Researchers in 2014 found that massage therapy was effective in reducing pain and itchy skin while improving the appearance of raised scars from burns.