A ringing sound, tears pricking the back of your eyes, and a tingly burning sensation. There’s no denying that when you think of a slap, there are no pleasant associations that you make. However, if you’re truly committed to healthy, glowing, supple skin, maybe this face-slapping technique will stir your interest.
What is it?
Gam Pukkalanun, certified Thai massage therapist based in California, USA, has it all figured out. Her salon was one of the first to introduce this technique, so here’s what you need to know from the master herself. According to Thai massage literature, the body has energy lines, also known as sen. These energy lines are present on your face as well, and swift thwarting, or slapping, relaxes the muscles and opens up energy lines.
How does face-slapping help?
A combination of gentle pats and some painful smacks is said to give you better results for upto 6 months. From plumper looking skin, smaller pores and reduced appearance of wrinkles, to and better blood circulation—face-slapping can help you in many ways. By activating the muscles in the region and boosting blood flow, the therapy gives you supple skin as it stimulates the production of collagen. Additionally, it helps improve your skin’s quality and makes it more radiant. Moreover, this additional step after cleansing helps your skin absorb creams, serums and face oils much more effectively.
It is for you?
If using a facial cleansing brush or a gritty scrub is already part of your skincare routine, it wouldn’t hurt to give face-slapping a shot, as long as you’re going to an experienced practitioner and are prepared to have your eyes smart. But, if you have rosacea, or sensitive skin that reddens even when you rest your face on your hand, you don’t need us to tell you that this therapy isn’t for you. We’d recommend sticking to a gentle face massage that moves outwards from the centre of your face and is delivered in short, gentle upward strokes.
Picture Credits: Art of Thai massage