How to do facial massage

How to do facial massage at home – and why it could make or break your skincare routine

13th November 2020 | Author: Jenny Tai

We love a good pamper session. Manis, pedis, facials, massages – they’re considered by most of us to be luxuries, and with various lockdown and tiered restrictions in force, are luxuries we may not be able to experience for some time.

So why not take on some of these tasks, particularly a facial massage, at home? Granted it’s unlikely to be as good as getting it done by a professional but spending a few minutes to concentrate on massaging your face can make a major difference to how well your skincare products are absorbed, and ultimately, work.

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There is also an array of other benefits when it comes to facial massages:

  • Improves the appearance of your skin
  • Improves circulation, which can help with rosacea
  • Relaxes muscles and tones the skin
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases blood flow to decrease puffiness

While any facial massaging will bring on a number of these benefits, there are so-called massage lines across your face and neck that professionals follow to guarantee all parts of the face are catered for. Depending on the technique, following these massage lines can also create what’s known as lymphatic drainage.

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The idea behind this is that, through the use of very light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes, it’s possible to increase the flow of a fluid in the body called lymph. This reduces toxins in your body and, because the lymph system is part of your body’s immune system, it is said to help fight infection.

The most important factor, though, with any facial massage is not to pull or tug the skin. A light touch with minimal pressure, coupled with a skincare product to moisten and soften the skin, is key to getting the most out of whichever technique you choose.

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In fact there is a new K-Beauty regime that is all about ‘slow beauty’. This involves taking time out of your day for ‘you’; to appreciate all the products being used, taking in their smell and feeling the texture being applied to your skin. With all of this in mind, we’ve hunted down what we consider to be the best facial massage techniques.

We highly recommend doing these, or any facial massage of your choice, in the morning and evening to give your skin that extra boost.

How to do facial massage

♥︎ Lymphatic Drainage Massage

YouTuber: Dr Mona Vand

Dr Mona Vand is a leading expert in nutrition and natural wellness, and a health coach. She recommends doing the DIY Facial Detox Massage featured in her video above in the morning, and suggests using an oil cleanser to moisten the skin.

This has the added benefit of  de-puffing the skin so it’s lifted  for the day ahead, and combines the cleansing step of your routine, helping you to save time.

Starting the day with lymphatic drainage is a great way to release tension from your forehead, and to ease congestion around the nose. This facial massage is great for ageing skin, but also for anyone who has sinus problems

♥︎ Anti-ageing and lifting facial massage

YouTuber: Abigail James 


This is another facial massage in which you only need your hands, face and a face oil, demonstrated by award-winning aesthetician, skincare and wellbeing expert, Abigail James.

Take your time with this one and you’ll see the benefits within a couple of weeks. We recommend doing this massage in the evening and using a face oil designed to help you feel relaxed, such as oils containing lavender and camomile. The Garnier Lavandin Smooth and Glow facial oil is a good place to start, and it’s only £11.99.

You can also get more recommendations in our guide to the best face oils

♥︎ How to do facial massage using a Jade Roller

YouTuber: Marianna Hewitt

You may be familiar with jade rollers. They’ve grown in popularity in recent years and, as a massage tool, have so many great benefits. The jade stone is cold to the touch, which helps remove puffiness from the skin. The rolling motion then makes it easier to drain toxins from the skin, akin to a lymphatic drainage.

Add a facial oil to this mix not only helps the roller glide over your face, it also helps relax you and get the oil working in the best way.

Our favourite is the Revolution Skincare jade roller. It costs just £15 – most jade rollers sit around the £25 mark – and it does the job just as well as more expensive ones we’ve tried.

mamabella tip: Always roll upwards and outwards to ensure that you drain any toxins out and avoid pulling the skin down.

♥︎ How to do facial massage using the Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massage Beauty Roller

If you want to up your game when it comes to facial massage, investing in gadgets that do the work of your hands is a great place to start. They don’t tend to come super cheap, but they can save you time.

Our first recommendation is the Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massage Beauty Roller (£55). For this price you get a roller with 24 massage stones containing tourmaline quartz which help tone, tighten and energise the skin. This can be used on dry skin or with your favourite face oil.

We love that this tool can be used on your legs and arms not just the face and neck.

♥︎ Facial toning gadgets

There is a number of facial toning gadgets that are designed to help lift and tighten your skin. Some even combine face masks with massage to save even more time and boost your skincare routine.

We’re currently in the process of testing the FOREO UFO 2 masking device, as well as the brand’s Bear Mini facial toner. We’ve also got the NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device on trial.

The FOREO UFO 2 (£249) does what’s called ‘power masking’. Instead of waiting 10-20 minutes – and sometimes more – for masks to sink into the skin, the UFO 2 use thermo therapy to soften and prep the skin, before opening up your pores. You then move it in circles around your face and neck to massage the serum into your skin for around two minutes.

FOREO’s Bear Mini, and the NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device (£167) alternatively, are muscle toners. Similar to the likes of Slendertone belts that use electric pulses to contract the muscles in your stomach, these toning devices help work and contract the muscles in your face. After all, if your muscles are stronger, the skin is tighter around them.

Finally, there is the Sarah Champan Facialift (£30). This looks like a head scratcher but for your face. You push it up and over your chin, cheeks. It’s also great for your neck.

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