The best facial of my life involved no extractions. There were no lasers, no microdermabrasion machines, and no high-tech tools or showy face masks. And yet, when I emerged, I couldn't stop staring at my face. I looked like I'd just slept for a century and somehow had plumper cheeks, a more sculpted jawline, and an effortless glow like never before. The star of the treatment was a specific facial massage technique where the esthetician used the palms of her hands to firmly sculpt and knead my facial muscles, like a deep-tissue body massage, so by the time I emerged, my face literally looked like a different shape—more lifted and more contoured. I would have gone back to get that facial every other week, but here's the catch: It was in Tokyo at the headquarters of Japanese cosmetics brand Koh Gen Do.
Your face gets the most exposure to the sun and elements--so you have to take special measures to moisturize and clean the face. But, the benefits of massaging the face are not so apparent. Current research indicates that massaging the muscles in the face can relax any muscle tension in your face. This in turn will relieve anxiety and improve your overall mood just like a full-body massage does. And once your face muscles are relaxed, it will also prevent wrinkles and lines in the face as well. So massaging your face with a moisturizing cream will give you a two-pronged attack to rejuvenate your skin and achieve a more youthful appearance.
Skip navigation! Story from Beauty. Whether you're a fan of professional treatments or stick on a sheet mask once in a while at home, there's no denying the relaxing power of a good facial. Sometimes, the time spent doing nothing but focusing on your skin can have a profound effect on your wellbeing as well as your complexion — a notion acupuncturist, aromatherapist and healing holistic facialist, Annee de Mamiel seconds.