Wengie explains her thoughts opinions and style of facial massage.
Wengie understands the history and tools of facial massage. The style of facial massage she advocates originates from traditional Chinese medicine. Guasha (or scrapping), which is a style of traditional Chinese massage that causes bruising; however, Wengie does not recommend bruising at all. The style of facial message she practices involves lightly scraping while cleansing and massaging the face to clear toxins, promote elasticity and a healthier complexion. Korean, Vietnamese, and other Asian cultures have also adopted Guasha to for these benefits, including anti-aging, tightening, and dark spot removal. Western medicine has also promoted massage as well, touting that massage helps the drainage of toxins from lymph nodes (the body’s waste disposal), which are located in the neck, chest, armpits and groin. Facial massage (which Wengie describes includes the neck) can aid in cellular cleansing, reducing puffiness, and promoting new cell generation.
Wengie has been religiously performing her own facial massage for 2 years and has seen great benefits. Spoon massage cemented her belief in facial massage. High-sodium diet and hydration contributed to the bloating in her face, and she saw immediate results upon discovering facial massage. While she does see immediate results, her results increase overnight, and over time, the benefits have increased as well, especially when coupled with hydration, diet, and a regular skin care routine.
The tools of facial massage are diverse. Wengie says that you don’t have to spend money to get a great massage; however the tools that are built for facial massage make it easier. She has used Chinese spoons, plastic massagers (facial plates), and stone-crafted traditional facial tool. She promotes the stone tool because of its durability smoothness and shape. Facial oils like rose hip oil are something else she promotes. Natural products like coconut, olive, almond, and hemp oil are more readily-available alternatives. Fair warning, Wengie says using the wrong tool can be damaging to your skin. Make sure the massager is not sharp, liberally apply oil to maintain “slip” and avoid abrasions or infections to avoid aggravation.
Wengie explains that while massaging your face you should apply firm but reasonable pressure to your skin. Hold your skin in place while scraping, and work from the top down always moving up. Focus and spend more time on the areas that will benefit you more. Lubricate first and keep applying as it dries. Start at the forehead and scrape up. Then massage your eyes moving from the inside of your face out. Then scrape from the chin to the ears, and end with your lips. If you spend about 2-minutes on your forehead then 2-minutes on your eyes, then 2 minutes on each cheek, and 2 more minutes on your neck, you will achieve Wengie’s recommended 10 minutes.
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