The French Face Massage Technique
This is, without a doubt, the single best non-invasive treatment you can do to improve the quality of your skin.
My friends in New York always ask me what French women do to have such wonderful skin. I tell them that one of our best-kept secrets is the face massage. This is, without a doubt, the single best non-invasive treatment you can do to improve the quality of your facial skin.
A face massage will tone and hydrate the skin, as well as give you a great glow. Just as working out tightens the muscles of your body, facial massage tightens your skin. In other words, it is like taking your face to the gym! Regularly practicing these methods of molding stimulates the muscles of the face in areas that usually hollow with age.
Massages are also completely manual, making them eco-conscious since they don’t require any special (or expensive) equipment.
French women love a good face massage for a whole variety of reasons. First, they stimulate circulation, which awakens the complexion. Massages don’t hurt! In fact, they actually make you feel wonderful. Massages are also completely manual, making them eco-conscious since they don’t require any special (or expensive) equipment. In addition, results are guaranteed if you do it regularly and properly; and, of course, they are a beloved and well-kept secret! It’s no wonder that well-known French celebrities frequent the best facial massage specialists in Paris. They know that you’ll come out looking like you’ve just had a mini natural face-lift. As a result, you’ll need a lot less makeup because your skin will look so good!
The anti-aging effect is achieved by massaging the skin, not pulling it.
I follow the Pincement Jacquet method, which is difficult to translate, but it describes a light pinch around the oval of the face. In addition, it includes motions moving upward toward the crown of the head and around the lines at each side of your mouth. The anti-aging effect is achieved by massaging the skin, not pulling it.
First, choose a moisturizer that has a smooth texture. This will facilitate the massage and allow your fingers to slide easily. Alternatively, avoid any creams that have a sticky texture or are likely to peel while you massage. Usually, a hazelnut-size amount of a cream or oil is enough for the face, and another one should be used for the neck and décolleté.
1. Massage the Eye Area
You need a very small amount of cream to massage the eye contour. So, place a dot of cream on the tip of your index or middle finger and pat it under both eyes. Then, apply a light pressure along the bone of your eye socket. For more mature skin, use one index finger to hold skin taut while the other finger applies the eye cream.
Alternatively, place the tips of your fingers under your eyes and apply light pressure as you move up toward the outer corners of your eyes. Then repeat this motion from the bridge of your nose along the brows to the outer corners of your eyes.
Next, pinch along your brows toward your temples.
2. Massage the Frown Lines, Between Your Eyes
Use both index fingers to create a knitting-like motion or zig-zag between your brows. You can do that for two or three minutes a day.
3. Massage the Lips
Use the same small amount of cream as you did for the eye massage. With two fingers, hold the left side of your upper lip taut while your right finger glides above the upper lip. Repeat this exercise on the other side of the mouth.
Complete the massage beneath the lower lip. As a result, this will help prevent the little wrinkles above the lip.
4. Drainage (helps to remove fluid and congestion from your skin)
Place your thumbs under your chin, then use your index fingers as pliers as you pinch along your jawline up to your ears. Repeat five times.
5. Massage Your Neck and Décollete
Lightly pinch the skin beneath your chin where the neck meets the jaw. Further, practice an upward movement toward the ears for a lifting effect.
Place your hand flat on your neck beneath your ear, parallel to the jawline. Then, slide your hand firmly down toward your chest/décolleté. Keep your fingers together, thumb included, to avoid touching the thyroid.