Beauty Myth Buster – Can I Touch My Face?!

Post by Jamie Fairbairn: Holistic Nutrition Student

Beauty Myth: “Don’t touch your face” – Oh no you didn’t!

Did you know that we use about 12 muscles to smile and 11 muscles to frown (some say 17 & 43…  the jury’s out)? That’s a lot of action going on in the relatively small area of our faces! As someone with a ‘difficult’ complexion, I was always slightly afraid of touching my face outside of my twice daily wash/moisturize routine… “What if I get more pimples?”

That was until someone asked me this:

  • Do you work your muscles out at the gym or another place? – yes, almost every day
  • Do you get a massage from a pro or a friend for those sore muscles? – yes, all the time!

And then they asked this:

  • Have you ever massaged your own face?! – uhm no… that’s a thing?!

Facial massages are complete bliss. They’re like rolling around on a plush floor, wearing your favourite pj’s while surrounded by puppies or kittens or chocolate fountains… you get the point.

So during your next daily facial routine, use a bit of extra lather or your favourite cream and try to massage your face. Below are some ah-mazing spots to experiment with:

  • Temples, on the outside of your eyes
  • Massage above your eyebrows in a rainbow-like motion back and forth
  • Under the ears at the jaw line
  • From under the ear down to under the chin where the bottom of the face meets the neck
  • Massage in small circles or downwards strokes around your lymph nodes (on either side of your neck, straight down from the backs of the ears)
  • At the jaw muscles (make biting actions and feel the lumpy muscles of the cheeks and start from there) make circles or strokes downwards following your cheek bones, towards your nose
  • … The possibilities are endless!

Give yourself a little bit of “self-love” in the form of a DIY facial massage.

Benefits may include relaxation, increased blood flow and circulation, decreased muscle tightness, … All for free!

Beauty Myth… Busted!

(Thank-you to Kristin B at Nourishe for helping me to reconnect with my body through facial massage)




  1. Margy Fairbairn March 8, 2016 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    I love it! the best kind of pick me up during a work day.

    • Brit Linton March 9, 2016 at 3:33 am - Reply

      I think so too! 🙂 🙂

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