At a cost of around $200 and up, Botox isn't exactly a budget-friendly beauty treatment.
Now some experts are touting facial massage as an alternative that produces similar results on lines and wrinkles—without hitting your pocketbook.
The thinking is that it benefits your skin by:
- Increasing circulation
- Relaxing muscles
- Lowering wrinkle-causing stress hormones!
Want to know how to give your complexion a DIY massage? Here are some tips from Dr. Maoshing Ni, a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) expert and the author of Second Spring: Dr. Mao's Hundreds of Natural Secrets for Women to Revitalize and Regenerate at Any Age.
1. Warm Up
Start by lightly stroking your face all over with your fingers to warm it up.
2. Raise Your Eyebrows
Raise your eyebrows as high as you can, hold for five seconds, and then relax. Repeat 10 times.
3. Move Your Nose
Move your nose from side to side. (Or at least try to!) Repeat 10 times.
4. Blow Up Your Cheeks
Inflate your cheeks as though you were blowing up a balloon. Hold for five seconds, and then release. Repeat 10 times.
5. Pinch Your Brow Line
Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch along the eyebrow line. Press any forehead lines firmly with your fingers. Repeat 10 times.
6. Finish With Circular Strokes
Finish by massaging another round of circular strokes all around the face.
A handful of beauty brands, including Shiseido, SK-II, La Mer, L'Oréal Paris and Giorgio Armani, are also promoting massage as part of a regular skincare routine. (Using their products, of course!)
It may seem a bit "out there," but massage can actually help the active ingredients in moisturizers and serums to penetrate more deeply... which means they'll work even harder!
Have you tried facial massage?