Massaging helps invigorate blood supply and move the lymph. The increased blood supply helps bring in fresh oxygen to the cells and tissues acting as a rejuvenator of our systems. Together with that, it helps move the lymph.
The lymphatic system runs congruent to the circulatory system in our bodies. Where the function of the blood is to supply the body with fresh oxygen and nutrients, the lymphatic system helps remove the toxins. These toxins could be from our lifestyle or by-products of bodily functions any debris, abnormal cells, or pathogens. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and tissues that carry a clear fluid called lymph. The lymphatic system works with the cardiovascular system to return body fluids to the blood. When a small amount of fluid leaks out from the blood vessels, it collects in the spaces between cells and tissues. The lymphatic system returns this to the cardiovascular system.
Massaging helps move the lymph actively keeping us toxin free as also healthier. So understandably it helps keep the facial skin healthy and well toned. Here below one can see how to best massage the face in the direction of the muscle- following these directions keeps the skin well toned and prevents the muscle from sagging.
Massaging the face correctly through the skin care process is very important. That is during cleaning, toning, scrubbing, mask application and removal, and massage. It’s important to use good lubricating and nourishing lotion, cream or oil while massaging the face. Among the best to use is olive oil.
I often get asked about which is the best olive oil and how should it be used. Olive oil has a lot of variants. Since it’s not a native to our country, there is also a lot of mystery around which is the best kind of olive oil and how can one recognise it. Here are some details about olive oil, its genesis as well as what it’s called in different parts of the country. Hope it helps!
Scientific Name – Olea europaea / Family – Oleaceae
Native – Mediterranean Basin
Other Names – Jaitun Ka Tel (Hindi and also in native Marathi), Aliv Enney (Tamil), Oliyenna (Malayalam), Oudala Enne (Kannada, Jolopai Tel (Bengali)
Olive oil is extracted from the olive fruit. It’s extracted in many forms
1. Virgin Olive Oil – This is used largely as a cooking oil. It’s the cheapest of the types of olive oils.
2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Made by cold pressing olive fruit, this oil is best for the body.
3. Pure Olive Oil – This oil is an amalgamated refined and virgin olive oil type. Due to its high acidity, it is not usable.
Olive oil is famed to be a good moisturizer as it contains a good amount of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects the skin from various external factors like sun damage and harsh winds. Since it’s light textured, it doesn’t trap debris and pollutants on it keeping the skin non-sticky.
Since its rich in vitamin E, Olive helps fight free radicals improving skin health. Not only that, it also helps improve and keep skin healthy by reducing inflammation and protecting the skin from serious ailments like psoriasis and eczema. The high vitamin E content along with the quality to reduce inflammation olive oil helps in keeping skin young and supple.
Here is a direction chart for stroking your face in the right direction during cleansing, toning, scrubbing, removing makeup, applying a mask, removing a mask as well as for massaging the face.
1. Remember to keep the pressure light at all times and to not push and pull the skin. Even more importantly, rub your hands together before you start the massage. This will warm up your hands and help the circulation even more. Make sure your nails are short, cuticles soft and you are relaxed. Putting on some light music helps focus on keeping the experience a happy and positive one.
2. Begin at the forehead – relax the forehead – start from the centre and go upwards and outwards.
3. Gently shut your eyes, breathing in deeply. Repeat 8-9 times.
4. Now circle the eyes using your ring finger in a clockwise and anti-clockwise motion. Pay extra attention to not pull or push the skin around. Repeat 4-5 times.
5. Next work the nose. Go along the bridge of your nose starting from the bottom to the top. Gently pinch the sides while using light pressure to pull up the sides of the nose. Repeat 6-7 times
6. For the cheek area, massage using three fingers tips outwards on the cheeks – starting from the centre, go all the way to the hairline and under and behind the ears. Follow this through to the chin and up. Repeat 4-5 times.
7. Now circle the mouth area in a round circle ending at the lip corners. Pull up more and release all the pressure while going down. Repeat 4-5 times.
8. Age is more apparent at the neck than the face because we all are guilty of neglecting it completely. Along with extending all other facial care to the neck, it’s also as important to massage it gently and well. For the decollate start at the base and go up towards the neck finishing at the jawline. Repeat 8-9 times.
Remember to keep your fingers warm and mood happy.
If you have extra dry skin then try adding honey to the olive oil. Honey is a great moisturizer and also helps lock in hydration. However, if your skin is overly oily then take equal parts olive and equal part jojoba oil to massage your face. Jojoba oil has the same ph as our skin and thus actually helps prevent the extra production of sebum by tricking the skin to understand that it has produced a lot of oil already! Extra production of sebum on the face can lead to acne and uneven skin tone.
Have fun and be happy, it shows on our face!