From reducing tension, to treating the physical symptoms of stressed skin, and revealing a rejuvenated and radiant complexion, discover the many benefits of facial massage.
Lymph drainage massage
Facial massage has been around for centuries, used to help calm the mind and body while leaving the skin noticeably calmer, plumper and radiant. Its effectiveness is largely due to the way it targets the lymph nodes under the ears and on the neck, which can become blocked and slow the body’s natural lymphatic drainage system. The result? Grey, puffy and dull-looking skin.
But by adding regular facial massage into a skincare routine, toxins are drained away, maximising and increasing oxygen delivery to the skin. Not only will you be left with a brighter and healthier-looking complexion it will help your favourite products absorb into the skin – enhancing their results.
Massage is an excellent tool for bringing blood and nutrients to the surface of your skin. It improves circulation and stimulates drainage. Blood and circulation brings a basket of nutrients to the surface of the skin.
Step 1: Cleanse and tone
Before beginning your facial massage, you’ll need to gently prepare the skin. First, cleanse your skin thoroughly using one pump of either SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser or another Skinceutical cleanser suited to your skin type. Cleanse the skin thoroughly, by massaging the cleanser in all over , emulsify with warm water and work in for 60 seconds ( remember to include your neck and chest area) and remove product gently with a soft clean cotton facecloth & warm water. You Next, saturate two cotton pads with SkinCeuticals Equalising tonic and sweep gently across the face and neck.
Step 2: Add an exfoliating serum to your face mask
Serums are a fantastic way to enhance your facial treatment. Try mixing one pipette of SkinCeuticals retexturising with one pipette of SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 and start to apply the product to the face and neck using a gentle massage motion on the pressure points. To do this place your index and middle fingers on each hand at the base of the skull in the parallel hollow areas between the two vertical neck muscles. This will help the products sink deeply into the skin as well as helping you to relax. Continue to apply the product in this way for up to 10 minutes and then wash the face with warm water and pat dry.You may light to add Phytocorrective mask or Hydrating B5 Gel mask to the serums to create a really nice luxurious massage balm. all of these products selected are oil free so can be used on all skin types.
Step 3:Apply a little of the mask and leave it sit on your skin for a further 10/15 minutes.
Step 4. If you are doing this in the evening you can if you choose leave the product on your skin . If you prefer you can take it off and apply a night treatment such as Resveratrol BE night time antioxidant or Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight.
If doing this in the morning - Finish with an antioxidant vitamin C serum, eye cream and SPF.
if you wish to include a moisturiser under your SPF - Choose Metacell if have normal to oily skin, or Triple lipid Restore 2:4:2 if you have age-related dryness. AGE moisturiser is a fantastic treatment moisturiser for creppy or lined skin.
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Your skin should look and feel noticeably plumper and calmer.
Make massage part of your regular skincare routine to enhance results and promote relaxation.
It’s the perfect way to make Selfcare Sundays extra special too.
Pro tips - to enhance your skincare products as required.
Oily/ blemished skin -
add a couple of drops of your SkinCeuticals Blemish and age serum to your Blemish and Age wash or Simply clean wash once or twice a week and massage in to the skin to clarify and cleanse - emulsify with warm water- this helps to enhance its clarifying properties.
add a pea sized amount of SkinCeutical clarifying clay mask to your Blemish and Age wash or Simply clean wash.
Add a few drops of SkinCeutical Retexturising serum to your SkinCeutical Phytocorrective or Hydrating B5 mask - this will help to hydrate and will give slight exfoliation. Do this daily to reveal a brighter, calmer moist skin.
Glycolic is a hydrator so Glycolic 10 renew overnight will over time help to boost hydration and improve your natural glow. Start using this product twice or three times per week. Don't mix with retinol products.
Skin thins as we age - Retinol helps to thicken the skin. Retinol is a pure form of vitamin A that helps speed up cell turnover, which is the rate at which your skin sheds dead cells. As you age, cell turnover naturally slows down. When dead cells start to pile up, your skin can look dull and wrinkles can look more pronounced. Retinol stimulates cell turnover, sloughing off the dead cells, allowing for fresh, radiant young cells to surface. This makes your skin look smoother and reduces the look of wrinkles. As with all active ingredients - start slowly and start with a low percentage of retinol 0.3% .
If you require further information - get in touch on 012300255. 012300244 or if you would like more detailed advice log on to our website and sign up for a skin consultation on www.nualawoulfe.ie
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