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There's a reason your skin looks so good post-facial: the massage. An hour of careful facial massage will work wonders on ageing or tired skin, from lifting and firming to calming and soothing. But you don't need to head to a professional every time you want to reap the benefits of an hour-long treatment. There are tricks and tips you can use at home to see the same results. Think of our expert tips as a natural face lift - because this is what the right massage can do for your complexion.
As we age, our skin loses the ability to replenish lost cells, which results in sagging skin and wrinkles. While an anti-ageing moisturiser is a good place to start when you notice the first signs of fine lines, a facial massage will really get your skin back to it's beautiful best.
Beauty insiders swear by facial massage, and when you think about everything your complexion goes through in a day, it makes good sense to treat it to a bit of TLC. Follow our easy how-to and learn to smooth and sculpt your face with a relaxing facial massage:
Sort out sagging: Don't believe the adverts, massaging your face in circular motions only drags at the skin without working the muscles at all. Your facial muscles are actually arranged diagonally in line with your cheekbones, so long, diagonal strokes upwards will engage with them and tighten up skin.
Good-as-new neck: Thought you had to massage the neck upwards? Wrong, it's actually downwards to get rid of excess fluid being held there.
Oil it up: Serums disappear too quickly to massage in so this is where you need face oil. Don't be scared, oils balance skin so even if you have oily skin you'll see the benefit in minutes.
Patter out puffiness: If you wake up with puffy skin, go for light tapping motions. This will stimulate the lymphatic system which lies just underneath the skin's surface and gets rid of excess fluid. Work towards your ears where the lymph nodes are located to flush it all out.
Pinch up your peepers: Pinching along your brows stops the upper eyelid sagging and lifts the appearance of brows. Start from the inner to outer corners.
Eliminate eye bags: Always stroke from inside of the eye socket outwards. If you do it the wrong way round (out to in) the other way can make eye bags even worse.
Words by Jessica Lacey | Acting Beauty Editor | Instyle