Facial Massage: A masterclass

Facial massage: it’s the well-kept secret of professional make-up artists.

Massaging a beautiful natural plant oil into your skin makes it look glowing and healthy in an instant. You can spend 10 seconds or 2 minutes depending on how much time you have.  But however long you have, your skin always looks so much better for it.

Physically, facial massage boosts circulation. It increases the flow of blood, lymph, nutrients and oxygen to your face. Facial massage reduces tension and helps prevent the deepening of wrinkles. Emotionally, it triggers a relaxation response, calming your heart-rate and breath, lowering your blood pressure, and decreasing your production of stress hormones.

For added glow, and a beautiful healthy complexion, follow my simple 5-step Facial Massage routine. It can take as little or as long as you like. Your skin will love you for it.

Invert the bottle to release the oil

Step 1: Put four or five drops of your chosen facial oil into your palms. Some Votary oils come in dropper bottles – don’t shake them, simply hold the bottle upside down over the palm of your hand and allow the drops to fall. Some Votary Oils have pipettes – don’t use a whole pipette full of oil, four or five drops is plenty.

Step 2: Spread the oil, hold your palms to your face and take a deep in-breath and out-breath. Allow your shoulders to relax.

Step 3: Spread the oil lightly over your face, making sure you have an even coverage.

Votary facial massage techniques
Massage in circular movements into your forehead

Step 4: Using the tips of your fingers, begin at your throat and make small circular movements in an upward motion. Work up your neck and along your jawline. Move across your cheeks to the bridge of your nose, and finally to your forehead.

Rose Maroc and Sandalwood facial oil
Facial massage technique

Step 5: Then, press  your first two fingers where your eyebrows meet, and repeatedly trace around your eye sockets with a light, even pressure, taking care to  breathe slowly and mindfully and enjoying the fragrance of the oil.

Step 6: Finally, close your eyes for a moment, press your fingertips to your temples, and inhale deeply.

Allow a moment for the oil to absorb, et voila, your skin is perfectly prepped for make-up, SPF or a great night’s sleep.

Watch here for my demo.

Read here to learn more about why facial massage helps give you glow.

If you need help deciding which Votary facial oil is right for you, read our guide here.

Love, Arabella x

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