How to boost your daily skincare regime with simple massage techniques

For many, facial massage is reserved for the spa or salon, rarely finding its way into our own bathroom.

While I’m incredibly selective about the products I use, choosing those that are tailored to my skin’s unique needs, I’m nowhere near as selective about the way I apply them.

That is, until now! Ever since talking to the lovely Paola Bassanese from Energya, I’m determined to incorporate some simple techniques into my everyday regime to help boost the effects of my beloved Pai products.

Read Paola’s top tips for enhancing your skincare regime in her guest post:

Why should you incorporate facial massage into your everyday skincare routine?

Our skin is a living and breathing organ so we must feed it, care for it and protect it.

While products can help protect and care for the skin, the role of self-massage should not be underestimated, as it helps us absorb the ingredients in our skincare and improve the texture of the skin.

Each skin type has its own specific needs so let’s look at them individually.

Blemish-prone skin

Blemish-prone skin needs gentle cleansing and light products that don’t leave greasy residues. Some natural oils can be applied to this type of skin as they help to re-balance sebum production.

The best massage technique to use is manual lymphatic drainage (see a video tutorial here).

The key is to use a soft pressure in a “swimming” motion ie, drawing small circles on the skin. The idea is to help flush out any build up of bacteria and sebum.

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin also requires gentle products and massage techniques that will not irritate. Pressure points and light brushing strokes are ideal while friction and harsh exfoliation are not recommended.

A natural facelift self massage is good for sensitive skin (here’s a short video tutorial).

Gentle tapping with your fingertips will ensure that products soak into the skin without causing any redness. This will also help with eczema or psoriasis flare-ups.

Mature skin

Mature skin may not get as much coverage in beauty magazines as young skin but the over 35s know what they want when it comes to skincare.

Looking after mature skin is simply a matter of discipline: exfoliating, having regular facials and using self-massage techniques daily to “challenge” the skin to prevent it from slacking.

The key to a youthful look is to target the jaw line in your daily skincare routine with self massage (here’s a video tutorial)

For all skin types, you can use this simple face massage at home using Pai Skincare products.

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