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)