The anti-aging secret to looking smoother and glowier isn't at the bottom of a jar - it's at your fingertips. All you need are these simple massage moves and a few drops of oil. By Cara Litke Sullivan, REDBOOK.
An anti-aging facial you can do at home
Your mom probably told you not to touch your face, so the concept of rubbing your hands all over it may seem counterintuitive. But pros are big on massage: "It increases blood flow, which is what gives you that plump, glowing look, and firms sagging areas by improving muscle tone," says celebrity facialist Nichola Joss, whose clients include Kate Moss and Elle Macpherson. "Plus, it's really relaxing."
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The key to an effective massage? Facial oil. "Oils are loaded with nutrients and allow your fingers to glide-not drag-along the skin," Joss says. For a D.I.Y. approach, use coconut oil, says Ellen Marmur, M.D., an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. If you want some extra benefits, try Sanctuary Spa Therapist's Secret Facial Oil, $40, which is packed with vitamin E and rose-hip oil, or SkinCeuticals Retexturizing Activator, $73, which Marmur recommends for drier skin.
Before you start, remove your makeup and wash your hands. Then, "apply a few drops of oil to your palms, smooth them together, and you're ready," says Joss. At right, her full-face, four- minute routine. Short on time? Just pick one or two moves.
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Create an allover glow Center the first two fingers of each hand on your chin. Sweep out and up toward your temples. Next, center fingers above lips and sweep them out and up. Repeat, working up your face toward your hairline. When you get to the forehead, sweep fingers downward.
Plump your cheeks Put the pads of your thumbs on your cheeks close to your nose, right under your cheekbones. Don't be afraid to dig in: "You want to apply enough pressure to stimulate the muscles under the skin," says Joss. Slowly draw your thumbs out toward your temples. Repeat.
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Make eyes look more open Put the pads of your forefingers under your brows, on either side of your nose. Exert firm pressure while you slowly draw them out toward your temples, following the arc of your brow bones. Repeat several times.
Firm your jawline Place the knuckles of the first two fingers on each hand under your chin, right behind your jawbone. Slowly move them along the length of your jaw and up toward your ears. Return fingers to starting position and repeat.
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