The key to facial massage? Apart from perfecting your moves (of course), it's about finding the right product to use. It might be tempting to massage your skin dry, but please don’t! That could lead to you causing damage or micro tears to the skin. Instead, you need a product with slip, or in other words, a silky texture. It’ll allow you to really knead the facial muscles but it’ll also make sure your fingers smoothly glide over the skin’s surface.
Facial oil may be the most obvious choice but not the only one. The most important thing is to find a product that is right for your unique and changing skin needs. Below, Ksenia and Megan share their recommendations for six common Skin Moods™.
Side note: Not sure how to work out your Skin Mood™? Book a Holistic Skin Session and one of our Skin Mentors will show you the ropes!
Best for pregnancy skin: De Mamiel Pregnancy Oil, £75
“Of course I'm starting with pregnancy skin but for me this oil has been incredible for my skin. I love the smell of it (it reminds me of a subtle floral garden) and the consistency of the oil; it is nourishing but still light and doesn't leave behind any oiliness once it’s been well massaged into the skin. Bonus: it doesn't contain any known irritants unadvisable for use while pregnant!”
Best for combination skin: Disciple Good Skin Face Oil-Serum, £23
“My skin can get easily congested so I tend not to experiment too much with oils even though I really love them. Having said that, the Disciple Good Skin is one of my go-to products when my skin feels congested but I still want to do a little massage. The blend has been designed for those with unusual breakouts and oily skin and to be honest, I haven't experienced any ‘worsening’ of my congestion when using it. Quite the opposite, in fact, as it does help to alleviate those concerns! However, I would recommend using this oil as part of your Sunday ritual, after double cleansing and exfoliating to really ensure that your skin is ready for it!”
Best for ageing skin: Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, £19.50
“It’s a classic, but what a good one! Rosehip oil has amazing properties: it is protective, stimulating and nourishing making it a go-to ingredient when dealing with ageing skin. Ageing skin is a bit thicker, so this oil is great for anyone wanting to target early signs of ageing such as dryness and fine lines (yes, your skin tends to get drier as you get older!). It is a great oil for anyone wanting to add a little ‘treatment’ on top of their facial massage and works really well with jade rollers and other tools!”
Best for oily skin: Face Gym Electrolyte Cleanser, £32 “People often think you can only do facial massage with an oil, but oils aren’t right for everyone so if you have oily skin, you can try massaging in your cleanser. I’ve recently become obsessed with this one by Face Gym. It’s slightly foaming, contains enzymes to smooth over skin texture and feels really refreshing, especially in this heat.”
Best for dry skin: Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum, £39 “This is my all-time favourite serum and I recommend it to clients with dry skin all the time. It’s not sticky or tacky like other hyaluronic acid serums can be and it contains hyaluronic acid at three different molecular weights enabling it to penetrate the skin at different levels for deep hydration.”
Best for sensitive skin: The Inkey List Oat Balm Cleanser, £9.99 If you have sensitive skin, you need to be really careful with facial massage as it can exacerbate irritation and redness. I recommend doing a very gentle facial massage every few days while applying your cleanser. The Inkey List’s is my favourite balm textured cleanser. It contains oatmeal which is really soothing and as it’s so affordable you don’t feel bad using quite a lot.”
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