Taking care of your face and skin is of prime importance to maintain a glowing and younger healthier look – One way to bring back the moisture to your skin and reduce wrinkles is by stimulating the anti aging acupressure points on your face.
In today´s post, I will introduce you to Acupressure massage therapy, and I will also include a list of the benefits of acupressure points massage.
Dabbing expensive creams on your face does not actually make your skin look younger. That is why it is essential to learn how to apply them properly and help your skin absorb the oils and creams by massaging them well
Further below, you will find a quick 5-minute acupressure practice you can apply daily to help you delay skin aging.
Why Do We Get Wrinkles And How To Delay Aging?
First of all let´s see how we get those wrinkles and other skin changes.
With aging you produce a less natural protein called collagen, next the skin gets thinner and dryer and the skin flexibility decreases.
The muscles and tissues also tend to weaken. As a result, we start getting aging signs on the skin such as;
Wrinkles also form with repetitive facial expressions, when frowning, laughing, thinking, observing, concentrating etc.
When you are constantly stressed you will get more wrinkles and by time a cranky look.
Locating the pressure points on the face make the massage more effective and you can concentrate more on these potent points using acupressure.
What Is Acupressure Therapy?
Acupressure is a traditional Chinese technique whereby you put light pressure on energy points on all your body. The method is safe and effective and it regulates and opens the channel lines through which the energy flows.
Acupressure works in the same way as acupuncture but without the use of needles.
You can stimulate the pressure points using your fingers or a face massage tool.
To locate the pressure points you can get a chart and hang it somewhere where you can see it. This will also remind you to do the acupressure massage daily. Here is the full-body acupressure point chart.
Facial Acupressure Points For Face Lift and Skin Tightening
Here are the 7 potent points you should focus on, plus 2 bonus points;
The following acupressure points are to be massaged to enhance blood circulation and to achieve glowing skin. The 7 points are located:
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Crow´s feet
- Puffy eyes
- Smile lines
- Chin wrinkles
- Neck wrinkles
Plus 2 extra points
- Around eyebrows
Repeat 10 times on each pressure point. Press lightly and hold to the count of 5.
So it is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and release. Then start again 1,2, etc, following the instructions below.
1. Frown Lines in Between the Eyes
You can start with this point by applying the press and release technique. Repeat 10 times. Then continue with the forehead.
2. Forehead Lines
Scalp and forehead acupressure points massage will help to reduce the wrinkles on the forehead.
These pressure points are also good to relieve; tension, stress, fatigue, get rid of persistent headache, and also improve the blood circulation.
Slide your three middle fingers from the middle part of your forehead to the sides with both hands at the same time. Repeat 10 times. Now go back to the eye area.
3. Crow´s Feet on the Outer Edge of The Eyes
Massage the point on the outside of the eyes in circular movement ⁐ . Repeat 5 times. Continue below the eyes.
4. Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
The acupressure point is to be found under the eyes, in the middle part. Press and release 5 times. This is a tender area. Apply light pressure.
5. Smile lines
The pressure points are on each side of the base of the nose. This massage is also very helpful for sinus congestion. Do little circular movements on each side with both index fingers simultaneously.
Now slide your index fingers from the corners of your mouth towards the nostrils in an upward movement, following the crease line. Repeat 5 times.
6. Chin wrinkles
Support your chin with both thumbs and walk your index fingers from the middle point on your chin to the sides whilst pinching lightly. Repeat 5 times.
7. Neck wrinkles
Massage along the collar bone area in light upward and outward strokes about 10 times. This is a great lymph draining massage.
Here are two more bonus acupressure points for the lymph flow;
3 points on the eyebrows.
Press on both edges and the middle part. You can use the 3 index, middle and ring finger at once. Repeat 5 times.
Massaging the whole ear reflexes the whole body organs. You can do this for 30 min. The point in the hollow area at the bottom behind the ear is pressed for lymph flow. Repeat 5 times.
5 Minutes Daily Acupressure Points Practice
Here is a simple 5 minutes acupressure face lift massage guide.
Do the acupressure massage on a clean face, without make up.
If possible, take a selfie before and after, and you can notice some difference, a softened look on your face, even from the first application.
Please note; you are stimulating blood flow, so if your face becomes red do not worry, as it is normal.
Do the massage consciously and give it a loving touch. Releasing facial tension feels really good.
So to start with the 5-minute acupressure points routine.
Take a couple of deep breaths, move your head from the left side to the right side and stretch the neck muscle. Put a little oil on the palm of your hands, warm it up by rubbing your hands together and then wipe it lightly on your face. You can also use your favourite face cream instead of oils.
Now it is time to start the acupressure massage following the potent points and instructions described above.
Use light and gentle strokes, small circular movements or put light pressure with your thumb or index fingers on the points mentioned. This latter method is literally a press and release touch. You do not have to push hard as even with a slight touch you can stimulate the energy flow.
The procedure may vary. This is a typical routine that you can carry out whenever you get the chance. However, there is no rigid rule on the sequence, as by practising you will realise what is the best technique for you and which part of the face may require more attention. Then adjust the sequence accordingly.
All you need is to dedicate 5 minutes daily, either in the morning when you are putting on your creams or make up, else in the evening before you go to bed. When you manage to do this on a daily basis you will get excellent results in a short time.
Should you have the time you can extend this massage to 10-15 minutes for quicker results. Then doing this twice a week is sufficient. This method will help to tighten and firm the skin by activating the facial muscles.
Acupressure Points for Face Rejuvenation
Here is a lovely video by Ageless On that walks you through a DIY Acupressure Facelift. Enjoy it!
Anti Aging The Natural Way With Acupressure
Skin massaging provides an efficient anti aging approach. There are various ways of doing a facial massage.
Acupressure can be regarded as one of the alternative and non medical method for face rejuvenation. Little research has been carried out so far and there are no proven scientific results as anti aging method, however revitalising the facial muscles whilst releasing tension does make the face look more Juvenal.
The lymph moves the toxins and waste from the body system. If there is no circulation the lymph becomes stagnant in our body and we start getting eye bags etc. With the help of the massage we are moving the sluggish lymph fluids and restore the natural flow of fluids around the neck and face.
You can also delay the aging process with a healthy lifestyle, that is;
- avoid bad diet,
- alcohol, smoking,
- direct sun exposure during peak hours without protection, and
- get more quality and restful sleep.
Consider acupressure as a daily skin care facial routine to reach deeper skin layering and maintain elasticity and firmness.
Benefits of Facial Acupressure Points Massage
- It is free and will cost you nothing
- you can do it at the comfort of your home and using your own favourite face products
- you will see results from the very first week
- firming and lifting muscles of the face
- relieves muscular and facial tension
- stimulates the skin to produce its own collagen
- get better sleep
- control of anxiety
- better circulation
- lifting, firming and toning the skin
- helps the sinuses
- refreshes and makes the face glow
This anti aging acupressure points face lift massage can particularly help you achieve a relaxed look on your face if you tend to;
- clench your teeth when sleeping,
- frown during the day,
- purse your lips and
- do lots of facial expressions.
Some skin types are lucky as they are wrinkle free genetically, but the majority of skins unfortunately get wrinkled by time.
Acupressure increases the blood circulation significantly.
Though you can never get rid of all wrinkles, nonetheless you can always exhibit a more relaxed and better skin complexion on the face simply by adding the acupressure method in your daily regime.
I am almost sure this method has been applied to you at some point, if and when you go for a facial or massage. I´d love to hear your experience and your views about this acupressure facelift procedure.