Our Favorite At-Home Massage Techniques

Information courtesy of Fraicheur Paris

If you're hoping to elevate your self care and skin care routine, you're in for a treat! We have a few at-home massage techniques that can help soothe, depuff, and revitalize your skin in less than 20 minutes.  


The "Skin Lifting" Massage

Skin lifting massages – or facelift massages, are the gentle, non-invasive alternative to other harsher lifting procedures. The goal? To enjoy a few minutes of heavenly relaxation and a lifetime of youthful skin. Through gentle and repetitive motions, a skin lifting massage can smooth the appearance of wrinkles and provide a lifted effect to sagging skin.

Given its goal of lifting and sculpting, a skin lifting massage is conducted using upward and downward strokes. It is recommended that you start at the base of the neck and work your way to the forehead, avoiding pulling down at any given moment.

For maximum results, allow your ice globes to cool for at least one hour before starting your facial.

The Technique

Use circular motions and alternate with straight upward movements to increase blood flow. Knead your jawline skin and the contour of your face by pulling up. Repeat each stroke 5 to 10 times before moving to the next area.

Be gentle around the eyes and use soft strokes to massage the skin in this area as it can be extremely sensitive. Take a few seconds to close your eyes and tenderly press the ice globes over your eyelids. Don’t forget about your eyebrows, pure pampering awaits!

For your cheeks, use upward diagonal movements that follow the bone life. You can continue the stroke to your temples and apply pressure here. After giving your cheekbones some well-deserved love, move to the forehead and use the same upward moves, beginning at the upper end of your eyebrows.

For best results, we recommend you incorporate this type of massage into your daily morning routine.


The Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic massages, also known as lymphatic drainage massages, have been a staple in Asian skincare rituals for centuries.

This type of massage helps fluid from your lymph nodes drain toxins and wakes up the skin with renewed nutrients. Combined with the fresh power of ice globes, the effect is amplified to deliver a glow like never before due to reduced sallowness and puffiness. In addition, many report smaller-looking pores after a lymphatic massage.

While the commonly used lymphatic drainage technique involves rolling in downwards and outwards movements, it’s necessary to account for your complexion’s unique needs. Skincare specialists recommend that you adjust the strokes of an ice globes lymphatic massage according to your skin type.

The Technique

If you have dry skin, you need to make sure you coax nutrients deep into the tissue with gentle circular movements. Start from the base of the neck where the arteries are and work your way upwards.

For combination to oily skin, or if you're prone to breakouts, you need to start at the top and drain the waste down. For hyperpigmentation issues or fine lines, apply back and forth scraping movements to awaken the area.

No matter the type of strokes you need, make sure to tackle all facial areas: neck & jawline, cheeks, eyes, and forehead, in the order dictated by your complexion. For maximum results, perform the lymphatic massage during the evening. Ten to fifteen minutes is all it takes.


How Do Ice Globes Work?

Ice works by constricting blood vessels and thus tightening the skin. Once this happens, blood rushes away from the face and returns renewed, with fresh nutrients. This results in a brighter, more glowing complexion. The nutrients provide the skin with the building blocks needed to improve elasticity and can aid in preventing the appearance of wrinkles. While the effects may not be as immediate, many consider this method to be a non-invasive and natural alternative to Botox.

Ice Globes allow you to enjoy these same benefits without the melting mess and awkwardness of holding slippery ice cubes against your skin.


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About Camera Ready Cosmetics

Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude.

Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts.

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