There is no denying the soothing and calming benefits of a good massage. Even though massages are usually considered the perfect antidote to muscular aches and pains, they also have many benefits for your skin health too.
Just like body massages, oil face massages have also gained recent popularity for their relaxing and skin-tightening effects. While Gua sha, jade or Kansa rollers are some of the tools you can use to pamper your skin, clean fingers and natural oils are all you need to massage your face.
"Exercising facial muscles with massaging can give you a remarkable youthful glow and radiant skin. Gentle facial massaging can help to stimulate blood circulation, tighten muscles, rejuvenate and restore skin cells, and eliminate toxic waste by improving lymphatic drainage. Ayurveda emphasizes massaging different Marma points of the face to attain superior skin benefits. Facial massaging is also beneficial for reducing the appearance of dark circles, improving skin tone, and removing dirt and pollutants from deeper skin tissues. ," says Shreyansh Jain, CEO of Medy365.com.
He also adds that regular ayurvedic massaging can not only nourish the skin along but also enhances your mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
However, facial oils have often been blamed for causing breakouts or skin irritation, the key is to choose one depending on your skin type. Shreyansh shares his pick of oils and exactly how to use them:
Dry, sensitive skin: Almond Oil
With antibacterial, antifungal, and hypoallergenic properties, almond oil helps repair damaged skin, treat fungal issues, reduce dark patches, and give skin brightening effects. Just warm a teaspoon of almond oil and mix it with two drops of Vitamin E extracted from a capsule. Then apply the mixture onto your face, and massage it on your face for five minutes.
Dry, combination skin: Coconut Oil
A natural moisturizer, organic coconut oil consists of nourishing fatty acids that help to bolster the skin’s protective barrier, reduce inflammation, increase collagen production, and improve skin complexion. Take a tablespoon of coconut oil, rub it within your palms, and gently massage it onto your face and neck.
Acne-prone, oily skin: Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has great anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal benefits. The oil works to remove dead skin cells, regulate sebum production, reduce inflammation, and detoxify skin eliminating toxins from the pores. Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil with honey, aloe vera, or some carrier oils such as almond, coconut, or sesame oil, and apply the mixture onto the face for massaging.
All skin type: Avocado Oil
Packed with potassium, lecithin, Vitamin E, oleic acid, vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients, avocado oil is excellent for all skin types. The oil can be used to replenish dry skin, shield skin from UV rays, heal chapped skin, and increase collagen metabolism. The avocado oil is great carrier oil so you can mix it with a few drops of essential oil such as lavender, argan, or tea tree oil and massage the mixture onto the face for a few minutes.
Oily, sensitive skin: Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil can be used on acne-prone, oily, dry, or sensitive skin. The oil contains a natural form of Vitamin E and other antioxidants, that protect the skin from environmental damage, kills acne-causing bacteria, soothes inflamed skin and promotes collagen production. Heat a little amount of jojoba oil and apply it onto freshly cleansed skin for a few minutes.
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