During a full 60-minute facial, around 15 minutes is usually spent on facial massage. During this time, the facialist uses techniques such as lymphatic drainage, toning strokes, acupressure and facial reflexology. These techniques get the blood - and therefore oxygen and nutrients - up to the skin, stimulating cell regeneration and collagen and elastin production, which is great for skin repair, wound healing and slowing down the signs of aging.
I believe that this is what makes skin glow for days after a treatment.
Just as a side note here – if you are leaving a facial with red and irritated skin that takes days to recover, the therapist has been too harsh and is stressing the skin. This will most likely lead to excess sebum production and breakouts and could lead to more permanent damage, such as open pores and broken capillaries.
Put a few drops of serum onto your palm, gently warm between hands, press serum evenly all over your face and neck. Start from the bottom and work upwards:
Using long, generous strokes massage serum from the bottom of neck, upwards towards the jaw – the neck is often forgotten, so can be prone to aging. This motion works in the serum keeping skin strong and hydrated. It also tones skin, keeping it tight and youthful.
Using your first and second fingers, apply medium pressure and stroke from the chin, along the jawline up towards the ears. This motion moves lymphatic fluid towards the lymph nodes to be drained away, which reduces any puffiness around the jaw.
Here you can also massage the sides of the jaw in a circular motion and wiggle the jaw around a bit to loosen it up. We tend to carry a lot of hidden tension in this area.
Working on one cheek at a time, use the length of all four fingers and stroke upwards in a crisscross motion, toning upwards, working with the structure of the skin’s collagen and elastin fibres.
Working from the inside out, take your ring fingers and press under you eyes, release, move along slightly and repeat, all the way from under your tear duct to the outer edges of your eyes, then drain to your ears. Be mindful not to drag or pull the delicate skin under the eye as this could result in skin losing elasticity and aging prematurely.
This reduces puffiness by moving along any trapped fluid and stimulates blood flow to improve the appearance of dark circles.
Using all four fingers on both hands, stroke up the length of the nose and brow towards the hair line. Apply a bit of pressure here, as if you are ironing out those furrows and creases between your eyebrows.
Using the same motion, move from side to side, stroking upwards along the whole brow.
Take your first and second finger and make a circle around your third eye in the middle of your forehead.
Using the first and second finger of both hands, make little circles or crisscrossing motions along the whole brow.
Then using the same fingers, move them to your temples and give yourself a deep and slow temple massage.
Repeat all of these movements for as long as it feels good, making sure that you are taking this time for yourself. If you do find any little sore spots or areas of tension anywhere in your face, neck, jaw or head really take this time to give those areas the attention they need.