Oh, gravity! As you get older, everything starts to droop a bit, including the skin and muscles in your face. Though this can seem like a frustrating process, there’s actually something you can do to battle the effects of aging skin. Facial massage has long been used by other cultures as a way to boost collagen production, help lymphatic drainage, increase blood flow and tighten facial muscles. Now, it’s fast becoming all the rage around the entire world and for good reason. One of the best benefits of facial massage is the fact that it helps to reduce fine lines and can prevent the appearance of wrinkles on the skin by targeting the lymph nodes and strengthening facial muscles. If that’s not age-defying enough, we don’t know what else is! Let’s examine the power of the facial massage and the amazing KOBIDO style of massage which boosts big beauty benefits.


The act of facial massage is an exercise of the muscles in your face to help reduce tension and push out toxins from the facial area. Working them out on a routine basis can help keep you looking and feeling younger. Facial massage defies gravity because it is performed in an upward, circular motion which is a nice relief to the downward pull that you experience naturally as you age. Facial massage focuses on the muscles around the eyes, on the forehead, around the cheeks, and across the jawline. Facial massage also incorporates the décolletage area and the neck muscles. There are many facial massage treatments available. You can work with an esthetician who is trained in the correct techniques of facial massage, you can visit a spa for a facial massage experience or you can perform a facial massage in the comfort of your own home. Daily massages help keep your skin taut and refined. You should seek professional facial massages at least quarterly.


Facial massages work in the same way that exercise helps keep your body muscles healthy. Stimulating the facial muscles through massage helps increase circulation throughout the face and helps increase the oxygen and blood flow in the face, giving you an almost instant glow. Not only does massage help increase circulation, it also helps reduce the tension in your face while also reducing your overall stress. Wrinkles tend to accumulate in areas of tension in the face, so reducing this type of bad energy can help you look and feel younger. Facial massage also helps to boost collagen production, thanks to the extra blood flow and stimulation of the massage. There’s nothing more relaxing than a good facial massage but it should be done correctly so that you avoid irritation. You’ll want to start with by washing and cleaning your hands and your face, which will cut down on unwanted bacteria reaching your skin and causing breakouts. Then, you’ll use a proper facial oil for your skin type that will soak into the pores during the massage, leaving your skin moisturized and hydrated. Facial oil not massaging cream should be used for facial massage as the oil gives superior slip and glide to minimize the friction finger movement causes. Next, by using the proper technique, you’ll stimulate and massage your face in an upward/outward type of motion. Generally, facial massages start inward and work their way outward in a circular motion. The neck should be a massage in an upward motion. The jawline should be massage using your thumb and index finger moving from the front to the back. Around the eyes should end up at the inner corner where toxins can be pushed out and removed.


Your dermatologist can help discuss your skin type and the best type of facial oil to use during your massage. For those that have oily or acne-prone skin, light and astringent oils should be used and proper cleanup after the massage is necessary. Normal skin should be massaged no longer than 20 minutes to reduce irritation. If you’re having trouble deciding what skin type you are, talk to your dermatologist about any ongoing issues. When done correctly, a facial massage can give the same results as a facelift, without any painful surgery.


Even though it’s important to massage your face on a daily basis, you’ll also want to reach out for the best of the best when it comes to facial massages and ensure you find someone who is trained in the KOBIDO form of massage. This technique, known as KOBIDO, is a Japanese technique that has been passed down through many generations which helps to give the skin a natural lift. During this technique, different speeds and pressures are used to help stimulate collagen production and shave off dead skin cells to make room for new, glowing skin. When a trained master performs this type of facial massage the benefits are amazing. KOBIDO massage can help balance the tone and moisture level of the skin, as well as, provide the following:

  • Reduce sagging skin
  • Repair damaged facial tissue and improve the appearance of scars
  • Help skin renew quicker by speeding up cell metabolism
  • Remove toxins and unwanted buildup in the pores
  • Boost natural collagen production
  • Restore balance and reduce tension in the entire face, neck, and décolletage.

Facial massage is not only a technique that dates back to other cultures and moments in time, it’s something that feels great and can help reduce tension and anxiety. Giving yourself a treat with a facial massage each day will be something that you look forward to. Though you might think it will be impossible to add one more item to your nightly to-do list, it will be something that you grow to love and appreciate. You only need a few minutes each day to ensure that you’re reaping the benefits of holding off aging as much as possible. Don’t forget to check in with your dermatologist about the proper facial oil to use for your skin type. You can even make it something that you and your spouse do for each other each night. You’ll notice the effects of facial massage almost instantly and you’ll be so glad you added it to your beauty regimen. And finally, don’t miss a quarterly treat at your local facial spa! It’s time you remembered to flex your facial muscles for the bigger purpose of ultimate age defiance.

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