Recently I’ve been feeling like my face slightly resembles that of a pufferfish. Of course football faces run in the family (thanks Dad!), so I’m well aware that I’m never going to have the most defined jawline out there, but a lack of sleep and probably too much salty food (I wish I’d never discovered what pitta chips are – OH MY WORD) had lead me to feel just a bit puffy and swollen in the facial area. It wasn’t to do with my skincare because I’ve really got into a groove with my routine recently. My complexion feels balanced with just the right amount of hydration and even this past month when ‘that time‘ rolled around which usually causes me to break out a little, I counted just two little spots that dried up in a matter of a day or so. Score. I’m touching wood with one hand as I type that sentence because we all know what’s going to happen next month now…
I needed something more and in the back of my mind I remembered a post that I’d once read on Caroline’s blog about facial massage. Now in the evenings I’m pretty speedy about my routine because I just want to get into bed so I can watch the ‘Treat Yo Self’ episode of Parks & Rec for the 39th time. However I started looking into the idea of scheduling in a little facial massage routine when I’ve got a spare 10 minutes in an effort to work off the pitta chip-induced puffiness and you know what? After just one cheek kneading episode I saw a difference. My eyes looked less lizard-like and I don’t think my face has ever felt so smooth the next morning.
There’s a load of videos out there sharing various techniques, but the ones I like the most are this one and then a peek in Caroline’s version. The former I use for the cleansing stage. So I remove my makeup with the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, then take two pumps of the OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel over the complexion and get my hands moving. I think the Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C Brighten & Renew Cleansing Oil would work really well for this step too, though as Caroline says ‘grip, not slip‘ so I try not to go too overboard with product. It feels nice to give my neck a bit of love and my face is damn clean after all that stroking. Then I apply a hydrating spritz, use eye cream and serum before applying my MV Organics Rose Plus Booster – oils don’t come better than this I’m telling you – using Caroline’s method.
My face bloomin’ loves it. What pitta chips, eh?