Sunday, 11 April 2010

Facial Massage for Cleansing/Post-Cleansing - Cheat Sheet

If you are one of those people who splodges a bit of cleansing milk on - rubs it into your eyes frantically - and then splashes it off with a sink full of water or worse, use a couple of wipes every night and think your face is clean - fear not - help is at hand. No doubt your skin does not look its best - and you may not even be aware of the fact.

Firstly - a moment on cleansing - get thee to an oil-based cleanser - NOW.  Like attracts like - oil in your cleanser will attract all of the oil/dirt/excess sebum on your skin and will carry it away with it when you wipe it off.  And I am (always) talking about a non-mineral oil cleanser.  Mineral oil is (ridiculously) cheap, nasty, has no benefits to the skin and no place in skincare in this day and age and you should not be wiping it all over your best asset.

Use a fresh cloth that has been held under a running tap to wipe away the cleanser - rinse and repeat until all traces of make-up are gone and you can see no product on your face. I have a cupboard full of muslin cloths but never use them - buy some flannels/washcloths. Cheap, can handle being washed at high temperatures thus killing any bacteria and very affordable.
If you still use a jar of cold cream - 1956 rang - it would like its cleanser back.
If you only 'cleanse' with wipes - stop it. That's not cleansing - that's moving all the dirt around your face.

You can do this either as part of your cleanse or when you've already cleansed and are applying an oil or balm before bed.  Don't use too much product for the massage - remember always - GRIP not SLIP!
Snippets of this will also come in very handy when you are suffering from hayfever or getting over a cold etc...see below..

  • Assume the position below - with both hands!


  •  Place both hands onto your face at the chubbiest part of your cheeks like SO:


No it's not attractive (have you SEEN my nose) - but I'm not asking you to do it on the No.7 bus so get with it.

To get your skin in the mood and to acclimatise the pressure:
  • move your fingers in a circular motion WITHOUT lifting them off the skin - if you are doing this properly you should be making (quite rude) squelching noises involuntarily AND it should be slightly uncomfortable. Do this until you feel like it is doing something but aim for a minute - it will start to feel easier and less painful.
  • Move up the face and repeat at the sides of your ears, sides of your nose - knead (gently) like there is no tomorrow. In an ideal world do this for 30 seconds as your minimum.

Sidebar: The only round muscles on the face circle the eyes (orbicularis oculi) and the mouth (orbicularis oris - mouth - technically four separate parts that form like a circle as opposed to an actual circle) yet too many brands/facials spend their time advising round circular motions (there are a few notable exceptions). Massaging the face using only circular action is a tad like trying to iron using only circles.

  • Place your first 2 fingers in the hollow under your cheekbone and massage gently. This will be really painful if you are suffering from a cold/hayfever - but will equally ease the blocked nose/throat symptoms if you gently persevere.  

  • Apply your fingertips just below the hollow of your cheeks at the side of your mouth and apply pressure while slowly and firmly lifting your hands up the face, over the cheekbones and to your temples. It helps you find the hollow if you open your mouth when you apply your fingers.
  • Repeat 10 times firmly and slightly quicker - note: lift off when you reach the temple and start again at the sides of the mouth - don't drag your hands down the face - Mother Nature does that for us all eventually - let's not help her out
  • Moving up to your eyes - place the pads of fingers 1, 2 and 3 underneath your eyebrows and push upwards and outwards (similar to what you would do if you had a migraine/hangover depending on whether you have 4 kids/some sort of social life.. ) and hold and push down for a repeat of about 3-4...place the same fingers underneath the eye on the orbital bone and smooth outwards and up so that all fingers are resting on the temple - and push down for a repeat of 3-4.

For shifting the toxins that gather on your face (and that you have just woken up with all of the above) - try the below - ideally you should do this every night with your cleanse - think of your chin and jaw as the dustbin of your face - all of your toxins will be sitting here just minding their own business - making you look dull and most importantly droopy! - time to send them on their merry way (be very gentle if you are suffering from an auto-immune disease, any kind of cancer or simply feel like you are coming down with the flu. Your Doctor will advise if you cannot have any massage of any kind).

  • Place your fingers on your jaw like so:
  • Grip the underside and topside of your chin/jawline firmly and DDDRRRAAAGGGGGG your fingers backwards towards the underside of your ear like so:

  • Keep your grip tight. The pressure should move the cheeks out of the way as shown.

  • When your fingers reach the end of your jawline and drop into the hollow under your earlobe (your lymph node) - pump gently for a count of 3-4.
  • Repeat until you start to feel heat generating - you will go pink - which is the whole point - stimulating the blood flow to get things moving....

This can all be done in 5 minutes flat or over the course of your favourite TV show whilst making cups of tea in-between. The point is: make it a habit - your face will thank you for it.

70 comments:

  1. I LOVE IT! All I saw was Lady Wheat though. I'm going to put my lappie next to the sink (but not too near) and follow this to the letter. Thanks for bestowing your wisdom on us unfortunates. x

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  2. Thanks for this. I not only have a crop of nasty spots on my face dustbin but a stinker of a cold too. I shall be trying the appropriate things. I can confirm that the fingers in the hollows of the cheeks bit is surprisingly painful. Which is nice.

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  3. ooohhh, I love a bit of face massage! This is going to be uber exciting when I try it out tonight! :)

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  4. Brilliant! Hopefully this will help prevent me developing my mother's jowls....?!

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  5. Looks kind of painful. I'll definitely give it a go though.

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  6. This is just what I needed, I saw Get Lippie RT it and was so grateful that someone posted up how to massage your face. I read somewhere that your skin should be pink but when I massaged it, it stayed the same colour.

    I followed your method (boyfriend yelling instructions from the kitchen where the laptop was safe and me in the bathroom following them) and it worked so well, I could actually feel my skin feeling hotter and it did look a lot pinker afterwards.

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  7. Tried it and my skin was pink and flushed for the rest of the evening. Fantastic. Looking forward to more beauty tips!

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  8. This is such a good post on facial massage - I too have propped up in bathroom/got somebody to read it out to me/muttered it under my breath. I can see a difference in 48hrs and I massage my cleanser!
    Thankyou for posting this - your skin looks lovely, very clear and even toned and as we all know it is the uneveness of tone and not the wrinkles which make us look older!

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  9. Great i am going to try this massage,also have been commiting the sin of filling the sink with water to rinse my face & neck.Message to myself,use RUNING WATER!!!

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  10. Facial massage is one of those things I know I should do but have never really known how to do it! So this guide will be coming up to bed with me and sitting on my bed when I put my facial oil on (decleor, no mineral oil!).
    Thanks very much, looking forward to reading the rest of your blog!

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  11. Too bad you're totally wrong about mineral oil. It's the least comedogenic of any oil.

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    1. Hi Anonymous. No need to be anonymous - and thank you for taking the time to reply. I guess we can agree to disagree? Feel free to list what you consider to be the benefits of mineral oil... :)

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    2. Mineral oil is toxic; it is a by-product of the petroleum industry.

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  12. Hi - just come across this blog and absolutely loving it (ashamed to admit I use Boots No7 wipes...will be shopping for alternatives tomorrow!) Why should those with autoimmune disease not do step 3 out of interest? I'm a coeliac - does this count?

    L x

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    1. No you're fine. It's for people like those receiving chemo etc.
      Carry on!

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  13. Ive read your blog for a while but never this far back, but ive just tried these techniques and my lovely flushed face feels thankful for it! I always double cleanse at night as i wear makeup but going to try and use these techniques too - really want to try the Emma Hardie cleanser now too, have tried the balm cleansers before but never really liked them although probably because they were full of nasty mineral oil etc. Thanks xx

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  14. Is there nothing to be done on the forehead?
    Flo

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    1. Hi Flo! :)

      You can - but to be honest this post was done to focus primarily on shifting toxins - if you have migraines or sinus issues massaging the forehead can be helpful - would you like some movements?

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    2. I suffer from migraines and would love some movements for forehead!! anything to try and help, incapacitated when the migraine hits! genetic unfortunately, as my mum suffers from the same :( have been trying out these massage techniques and the pain is quite addictive haha

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    3. I also suffer from migraines and tension in the forehead / eye area. Massage instructions would be so very appreciated! :)
      Maxim

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    4. My husband and I both suffer from migraines... I love using Origins Peace of Mind therapy - it definitely helps us both and I prefer rubbing some of that in our forehead area over taking something orally when possible. If you know of helpful movements that we can incorporate, that would be awesome! THANK YOU

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  15. Hi - thanks for the tips! I suffer from autoimmune diseases (hashimoto aka hypothyroidism and auto immune hypoglycaemia), I would like to understand why step 3 would be bad? If you could explain that would be great. thanks again for your help.

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    1. You may be ok - go easy. It's the lymph system. In some cases you don't want to stimulate the nodes for medical reasons. :)

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    2. I see - thanks, I'll go easy!

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    3. I was wondering the same as I'm on methotrexate (a low dose chemo drug), which I take for Rheumatoid which is AI. I'm guessing not stimulating the lymph system is more for in cases of cancers? I will take the step 3 gently too and see how I go. Again fantastic post Caroline, many thanks for your time, we know how busy you must be.

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  16. Videoooooooooooo! I am hoping that I'm doing this right. Your instructions are clear though but I'm insecure and I like to doubt myself lol. But even if I don't, feels so damn gooooooooood!
    Anyway, what is your take on the whole oil cleansing method, part castor oil part jojoba oil or any other essential oil thingamajiggy?

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    1. If you can be bothered then go for it - I prefer to let the chemists make mine! :)

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    2. Hooray, this is the question I have been wondering since I found your blog an hour ago :)

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  17. Hi Caroline, firstly congratulations on passing your driving test!! :) Secondly...

    I have been doing this massage for about 2-3 weeks now. MOST of my face looks fantastic now (thank you!) apart from my dustbin. It's mainly just under my chin it is FULL of spots and has been since about day 5 of doing this. There are tons of them.. just smallish red spots. Does this sound like I'm doing it wrong or like it's all of the toxins coming out (still)? Or perhaps they are coming out and I'm not clearing them properly..?

    I usually get one of two large monsters along my jaw line during the week before I'm due on but not tons of little ones below my chin. Thank you! And *sees above* video would be fab :)

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    1. How are you getting on? Still need help? Didn't see this - so sorry!

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    2. And I've only just seen *this*! Argh! Hi Caroline!!

      I gave up about 2 weeks after I left the comment as it was clear my chin was not happy with me. BUT I have just looked back at photos of me last year at the time of me doing the massage and my skin looks AMAZING (obviously you couldn't see under my chin in the photos!) - so clear and even toned - so I want to try again.

      Could you give me some tips for clearing the dustbin? I'm not sure if I'm even pulsing in the right place - there is a hollow right underneath where my ear attaches to my head, which hurts slightly if pressed, and there's a hollow just behind the corner (?!) of my jaw, which of these is the right place?

      THANK YOU X

      p.s. must get myself a blogger account or something so I'll know when Queen Skincare has replied to me next time !

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  18. you are god!
    i do have to admit though i think your blog is difficult to navigate :(

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  19. do you have a youtube channel ?

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    1. Hi Anon - no - I don't think the world is ready for me on youtube. :)

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    2. the world is ready now! :D

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    3. We want audio and visual wisdom sharing, tips and techniques from Caroline! Eyebrow MUST be included. ;-P

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    4. Yep! We want audio and visual Caroline wisdom, tips and techniques...... Eyebrow MUST be included. ;-P You're amazing! <3 from Bay Area, CA LOVED you with Pixiwoo

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  20. I'm interested in trying this, but am wondering...you are pulling and pushing on the skin so hard...this wont stretch it or cause wrinkles?

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    1. No you'll be fine - work your muscles. :)

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    2. Ok, thanx :) I've been doing it for a few days now. My face was pink for a long time, and felt warm and tingly.

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  21. Hi Caroline, just having a browse through your blog, it's full of great advice! Just a quick question though, I'm in my final year of spa & beauty therapy and we've always been taught that opposites attract and likes repel... the opposite of what you're describing re using oil cleansers to remove excess oils/sebum off the face. I'm confused!

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    1. Hi, we do have sayings/rules in chemistry "opposites attract" and "likes repel", but this is primarily with respect to charged substances and ions....may not be totally relevant to skincare since we are "organic" material and thus made of mostly non-charged compounds. There is another rule though that is more applicable here and it comes down to solubility rules in chemistry. The rule is that "like dissolves (or mixes) with like". Things that are "like" one another in structure and physical properties will be soluble and mix together. You want your cleanser to be like the material you want cleaned off because it will mix with it, break it up and make it easier to wash away and remove. Think of a pan that is dirtied with bacon grease, would using plain water wash away all of the grease? :-) I hope that helped clear up some of your confusion about the chemistry rules without being too in-depth!

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    2. yes but would adding more bacon grease or oil dissolve the hardened oil? of course not, you would use dish soap and warm water. I'm not suggesting anyone use harsh overly foam-y cleansers but if you remove your make-up with an oily cleanser that is not water-soluble it is best to use a hot cloth to ensure you aren't leaving any oily residue on your face. Or follow with another gentle cleanser that rinses easily and rinses clean.

      I use both a balm cleanser then follow with a non-foaming creamy gel.

      Allison

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  22. Read your blog for a while but never taken notice of the massage bit until today. Now sitting here with a very pink and very hot face and strangely may face feels slimmer! Nice work Caroline, shall try and make it a regular routine (should it be done daily?) along with actually C,T and M ing more frequently as I am a bit slack *runs away*!

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  23. Hi Caroline, I did this last night and did not feel like I was coming down with a cold or anything. Since doing the massage I have been feeling quite congested and like I'm getting a cold. Did I do something wrong?

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  24. A video is in order, I think.

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  25. Just found you via Pixiwoo and am loving it. I have tried the massage and like a few others would love a video. I'm off into town tomorrow and will be looking for some good cleanser, thank you so much for this blog.

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  26. Just found you via Pixiwoo and was so impressed. I've done the massage although I'm not sure I have done it right, I'll keep on and see what results it produces. I am very interested in finding the right skin regime even at the ripe old age of 55! I hopefully will try to get this cleanser you recommend and tonight I used a flannel and running water, brilliant. Up until now I had been using Clinique cleanser which is foamy and I did love it but it's finished anyway. Belfast City here I come:)

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  27. Pixiwoo led me to your blog as well!! So happy to "meet" you. Do you have any other suggestions for a good cleanser (specifically something that I can buy in the United States) and maybe more affordable?
    Thanks a lot!

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  28. Unfortunately, not for the rosacea-sufferers either. A massage that leaves my face bright pink and hot to the touch will result in a face full of painful spots a day or two later. :-(

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    1. You'll be fine if you work around the cheeks and use a calming oil. Used to be a sufferer myself. X

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  29. I too found you via Pixiwoo! I would love to get the Emma hardie cleansing balm, but I'm having no luck finding it in stock online, and no one has it here in Oklahoma. Any suggestions?

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    1. Melissa, Emma Hardie's site ships to the US now and when I looked earlier the balm was $55. Hope this helps!

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    2. Melissa, Emma Hardie's site ships to the US and the balm retails for $55 US. Hope this helps!

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  30. Thanks. Just found this. Have taken photos on phone to take camping with me as my face is in major age sag and needs all the help it can get!

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  31. Hi Caroline! I just found your blog and I'm loving it. A question re massage and auto immune diseases. I am hypothyroid so can't do the chin massage you talk about, but I have a lot of congestion there. Is there any type of massage that would be safe for me and help to unclog this area?

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  32. Hi Caroline! I'm a new reader and loving your blog. I was disappointed to read that I can't do the chin massage part because I am hypothyroid. I am really congested in that area. Is any kind of massage ok in this area with my condition?

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  33. Hi Caroline, I am also a new reader but already completely hooked. I have been having a lot of really dull headaches now for a while. Just done this and feel amazing. I have a lot of congestion around my chin hoping the step three will help clear this up. Thanks for this post think it might change my life.....x

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  34. Hi Caroline,
    You have changed my life and I can't thank you enough! For some reason I have never noticed this bit about massage before. I, like a few others, was taken aback by the mention of step 3 and autoimmune. I have MS but it is currently quite mild (knock on wood). I love massage and indulge in a spa massage on occasion. Do you think those of us with MS should abstain?

    Thanks so much! You rock!
    Anna

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  35. I've only just read this and I think it might be one of my favourite of your blog posts!
    Seems so simple, but unless you're told you just don't know these things.
    Will definitely be trying this out tonight! Thank you :)


    Emily x - prettypleaseblog.co.uk

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  36. Repeat Stage 3 until you start to feel heat generating - you will go pink - which is the whole point - stimulating the blood flow to get things moving....

    Hi cant seem to get to the stage where I get warm and pink...any more tips please ?...Thank you Donna :)

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  37. Great update. Love your cheat sheets, especially this one but it has one flaw: MY greatest asset is my brain, not my face. Just saying :-)

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  38. Is there any way I can do a facial massage like this even though I suffer from acne and sometimes cystic acne?
    I tried to do this very, very light handed but it was hurting obviously. Is it fine if I do this carefully and light handed or should I not be doing this at all if I'm a acne sufferer?

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  39. Love everything about the post but (sorry) love muslin clothes.I find washcloths a bit slippery and uncomfortable on the skin, too big to handle and generally less efficient in removing make up. Sorry!

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  40. Wouldn't all this pulling and tugging break down the elastin in the skin?

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  41. I would love to see a video of this on your youtube channel and thank you for sharing your skincare wisdom

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  42. I second Elizabeth Gould on her comment above. Can u pls do a facial massage vid on yr channel? Thank u!

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  43. Please do a video of this!

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