Just like with everything else in life, we want our skincare products to show quicker and better results. We are no longer okay with a moisturiser that simply hydrates, we want something that protects against free radicals, offers UV protection, delivers anti-ageing benefits and what not. While there are several products that do these things and a lot more, what if we told you that you can get almost any product to show these results, by simply adding a face massage tool in your beauty regimen. Shocked? But we promise it is really this simple. Don’t worry, in this article, we are going to clear all your doubts regarding face massage tools – right from the different types, individual benefits of each, how to use them to which ones you should use based on your skin concerns. Sounds exciting? Let’s begin!
- 1. What exactly are face massages?
- 2. Benefits of using face massage tools
- - Jade rollers
- - Gua Sha
- - Sculpting bars
- - Cleansing pods
- - Facial massage wands
- - Twin ball massagers
- 3. Frequently asked questions about face massage tools
1. What exactly are face massages?
Face massage practices have been around for centuries, but they started gaining popularity only recently. This practice involves gently, yet firmly, massaging the nerves on your face to relieve tension, soothe aching muscles, as well as provide a bit of mental release. Facial massages have been a part of skin care procedures in a lot of cultures, especially India, China, Thailand, France, etc. Apart from the benefits mentioned above, facial massages have a ton of skincare benefits. From improving blood circulation and reducing puffiness to making your skin glow, face massages can now be done with tools and life has never seemed so simple.
2. Benefits of using face massage tools
Including a face massage tool in your daily skincare routine has a lot more benefits than you can imagine. It helps in draining lymphatic fluids to reduce puffiness, eliminates toxins from the skin to make it appear clearer, improves blood circulation to give your complexion a rosy glow. While most face massage tools offer these basic benefits, each tool is different and performs a specific function unique to itself. Read on for the different face massage tools and their individual benefits in more detail.
- Jade rollers
Jade rollers are the most common and easily available facial massage tools. They are fairly simple to use and feature a jade roller each on both ends. One end has a slightly smaller stone when compared to the other, making it perfect to use on hard to reach areas such as around the eyes. Some jade rollers also boast of a textured surface on one end. This is a great tool to get a better massage for improved blood circulation, drain lymphatic fluid to reduce puffiness and as well as sculpt your face for anti-aging benefits.
- Gua Sha
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese skincare practice that also promises a lot of benefits. Apart from the basics of lymphatic drainage and improving blood circulation, it also works to sculpt, contour and define your features like never before. By gently stroking your skin with the smooth end of the rose quartz stone, it helps in releasing toxins, tension, pain and thereby reduces puffiness. With regular use, the Gua Sha technique also works wonders to define and contour your face, cheekbones and jawline. This stone can be used just by itself, but if you want to give your skin plumper and healthier appearance, then you must first prep your skin with a lightweight moisturizer, serum or facial oil.
- Sculpting bars
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Another addition to the facial massage tools category is sculpting bars. The main function of this tool is to tighten, tone and skin, thereby providing incredible anti-aging benefits. Some variants of these sculpting bars feature a vibrating effect to deliver far more potent results. Most of these sculpting bars feature T-bars plated with gold, which is an excellent element known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This is a great way to prevent acne-related skin inflammations. This roller also helps in increasing cell turnover, reducing signs of aging such as pigmentation, wrinkles, etc, as well as improving skin elasticity. All you need to do is move this face roller in an upward direction over your cleansed skin for amazing results.
- Cleansing pods
Cleansing pods are made from silicone with a textured front and vibrating abilities to pull out deep-set dirt, sweat, oil and debris that your normal double cleanse routine or 60-second cleansing rule wouldn’t be able to achieve. Apart from extracting dirt, the massaging abilities of the device relax your muscles and help you sleep better. Additionally, a cleansing pod also works wonders to improve blood circulation and deliver a subtle, rosy glow.
- Facial massage wands
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Facial massage wands contain small stones that also deliver acupressure benefits. These wands work really well to help tone your skin, tighten sagging skin as well as refresh, rejuvenate and re-energize dull and tired-looking skin. Additionally, some variants of these facial massage wands neutralize the harmful effects of pollution on the skin to keep it healthy, sculpted and youthful. To use this wand, gently roll it upwards over each area of your face for about 45 seconds once a day.
- Twin ball massagers
Another super handy face massage tool is the twin ball face massager, which features dual-ended globes. The main purpose of this face massager is to provide your skin with intense kneading action to improve blood circulation, release tension, relax facial muscles and provide a slimming and sculpting effect. If you want to achieve a slimmer and more sculpted jawline, then this twin ball face massage tool is something you must consider investing in. This is because this tool rolls very firmly yet easily over your bone structure and enhances the contours of your face.
3. Frequently asked questions about face massage tools
Q. Do face massage tools work?
A. Face massage tools have been used in traditional Indian and Chinese skincare for centuries and have proven results. Even though when you start using the tools initially, the results will only be temporary and it will feel like they are going away in a few hours, with regular use, you will start noticing quite a bit of difference and your skin will glow.
Q. Can I massage my face daily?
A. If you are using a face massage tool like a jade roller or Gua Sha, then you can use it post applying your serum or moisturiser every single day. But if you are using a vibrating tool, then it is advisable to limit this usage to about two to three times a week. But for any manual tool, a gentle four to five-minute massage does no harm, and in fact, improves blood circulation in the area for better results.
Q. How do you sanitize your face massage tools after use?
A. Cleaning and sanitising your face massage tools are fairly simple. After each use, simply soak the tool in a bowl of warm water and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Every fortnight, wash it with a bit of warm, soapy water and dry it completely with a dry washcloth.