Episode Title:Korean Facial Massage Ep-47
Facial massage is a popular technique in Korea for applying skincare products at home and for facials in one of the many skincare clinics you’ll find onnearly every street in Seoul!
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Facial massage of some form is nearly always part of a treatment at a Korean aesthetic clinic and it’s a great way for managing puffiness, improving circulation and boosting your skincare.
Today, I’m going to share how to do a Korean facial massage at home!
The experts in Korean facial massage recommend always starting with a clean face. If your face isn’t clean while massaging, then excess toxins and waste in the skin can cause blockages and trouble.
Koreans believe that facial massage increases circulation, draining the lymph nodes and removing toxins to create brighter, more radiant skin. It can assist with a range of different skin concerns, from anti-ageing to puffiness and dull, lacklustre skin
Why: Tensing the muscles on your face can cause wrinkles, which is why regular massage offers anti-ageing benefits.
How to Do It: To do an anti-ageing massage at home, you’ll want to work in an upward circular motion so that you’re working against gravity. Use the pads of your forefingers to gently massage the area beneath your eyes to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
Why: Massage also helps increase blood and oxygen flow to the face, which can help banish dull skin.
How to Do It: Focus on your key pressure points, and particularly the delicate skin around the eyes.
Another great way to increase circulation is to wash your face with cold rather than hot water, as this helps to stimulate blood circulation. If you’re really wanting to improve your circulation you can even try dunking your face in a bowl of ice water for 5 – 10 minutes when you wake up. This will also help get rid of puffiness.
There are a few things to be careful of - don’t massage too harshly or you risk actually bloating or puffing your face and causing sensitivity.
Why: To drain the lymph nodes
How to Do It: Apply your essence, lotion and then an aloe vera gel to your skin before you get started for the best results. Make sure you apply them all the way down your neck. First, divide your face in two, and and work your hands outwards towards your ears. Bring your hands down your neck to your collarbone.
The aim is to focus on your lymph nodes which run down your neck, and around the underneath of your chin leading up to your ears.
Watchthis video for an idea of the motions you should be making. You should actually be able to feel a change in the rhythm of your lymph after this massage.
De-puffing the face
Why: Koreans are all about facial slimming to create a slim, refined face shape. A bloated, puffy face is pretty much the opposite of this, so to help reduce bloating, Koreans use facial massage to stimulate the release of toxins.
How to Do It: Make knuckles with your two pointer fingers and use firm strokes starting just underneath your cheekbones, and moving up to your temples. This will help get rid of bloating in the mid-face.
Korean facial massage is designed to work in tandem with your skincare routine to help tackle dullness, anti-ageing and other skin concerns.
In addition, Koreans know that how you apply your skincare products is as important as the products themselves, so they advocate massaging products into the face using a combination of circular motions with your fingers and “tapping”.
Before you get started, rub the product in your hands first to warm it up – the warmer the product, the easier it is to massage it into your skin without tugging the skin.
Rather than “rubbing” your products in, simply massage them into your face by pressing your hands into your cheeks and forehead. The goal is to use light, soft strokes so that you don’t damage the fine elastin in the skin.
Then, use circular motions on your forehead, cheekbones and down to your jaw. Finish off by lightly tapping your face – as though you’re playing the piano on your skin.
You can try this when you do yourcleansing steps as well!
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"Korean facial massage is designed to work in tandem with your skincare routine to help tackle dullness, anti-ageing and other skin concerns."Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show Podcast
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