Top Benefits of Facial Massage and Facial Steaming 

Looking your best is just as important for making a good first impression as is taking care of yourself. Not only will a Facial Massage help you feel better on the inside, but also outside! A facial massage can benefit people's skin in many ways, from decreasing signs of aging or wrinkles for smoother-looking skin to increasing collagen production which results in more youthful-looking features like glowing complexion and thinning hairline (since this helps keep wrinkles at bay) to boosting self-esteem because we all want to look our best. 

We know what our clients need when they walk into a room where there are other humans around them.  We want you to feel that we care for your needs and wants, and make you look younger. 

Facial massage and facial steaming are two of the most popular beauty treatments. They both offer numerous benefits to your skin, and also have many other uses, including reducing stress levels. We will discuss some of these benefits in this blog post. Read along to know more!

Table of Contents:

  • What is Facial Massage?
  • What is the Importance of Facial Massage?
  • What are the types of Facial Massage?
  • What are the Facial Massage techniques?
  • Proven Benefits of Facial Massage
  • How to do it at Home
  • Facial steaming and its benefits

What is Facial Massage?

Facial massages are treatments you can do with a practitioner or on your own. The technique involves stimulating pressure points on the face, neck, and shoulders.

You can use lotions, oils, or cleansing balms with facial massages, as well as a face roller or a flat Gua Sha tool.

Facial massage helps promote healthy skin while relaxing your facial muscles. It has a relaxing and rejuvenating effect, helping you look and feel better.

Whether you want to use facial massage purely for relaxation or to treat a specific condition, there are plenty of techniques to try.

What is the Importance of Facial Massage?

A facial massage is a great way to stimulate circulation and relax. It can lead you into firmer, more radiant skin by minimizing fine lines and wrinkles while moisturizing your face with essential oils that are natural healers against acne scars or other blemishes on the body's appearance!

What are the types of Facial Massage?

  • lymphatic drainage
  • reflexology
  • shiatsu
  • gua sha
  • Swedish
  • remedial
  • sinus
  • acupressure

What are the Facial Massage techniques?

  • cupping
  • digital or knuckle kneading
  • folding
  • effleurage
  • vibrations
  • tapping
  • Jacquet pinching

Depending on the condition of your skin, your age, skincare goals, and budget, regular facial treatments, that incorporate some form of muscle stimulation through massage, work in combination with daily skincare to improve the overall appearance of your skin: anywhere from once a month (for normal to dry skin) to every two weeks (for combination or acne-prone skin) is recommended. The Spa’s Anti-Aging Peel facial treatment uses a combination of exfoliation with palm and crystal massage to stimulate blood flow and leave a youthful, glowing complexion.

Proven Benefits of Facial Massage:

1. Anti-aging and wrinkles

One of the main benefits of facial massage is its ability to improve the overall appearance of the skin.

A small 2017 study (trusted Source),  examined the effectiveness of facial massage that included a stimulating massage device. Participants used an anti-aging device and cream on their face and neck for 8 weeks. The effects of the cream were enhanced when used with the facial massage. Improvements were seen in wrinkles, skin sagging, and texture.

Researchers also looked at the effects of facial massage on ex vivo skin explants, or samples. For 10 days, the skin samples were massaged using an anti-aging device twice a day for 1 minute. Compared with untreated skin explants, the device caused higher rates of expression in dermal proteins, which had an anti-aging effect on the skin.

2. Relieves Sinus Pressure

As long as it’s not an infectious case or during an acute stage of sinusitis, you can use massage to relieve sinus pressure, discomfort, and congestion.

Sinus massage may also help promote the drainage of mucus, alleviate headaches, and boost circulation. More in-depth scientific studies are needed to confirm and expand on the effects of sinus pressure massage.

3. Acne Reduction

Stimulating the skin through massage may help promote blood circulation and reduce the appearance of acne. Specific research that provides evidence of facial massage in improving acne is limited.

Some people swear by olive oil massage to treat acne. Results vary, so if it’s something you’re interested in trying, test it out on a small area before massaging your entire face.

Don’t be too aggressive in your approach. Avoid any harsh motions or exfoliants, especially in sensitive areas.

4. Treats TMJ

People who have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) conditions may experience discomfort in the jaw or face. This can include headache, earache, or lockjaw.

Trigger point massage may help alleviate tight, inflamed, or painful jaw muscles. This discomfort may be due to chewing, jaw clenching, or teeth grinding.

Massage to relieve symptoms of TMJ may be especially effective when combined with jaw exercises. 

5. Glowing Skin

Facial massage may be just the ticket if you want bright, glowing skin. Research from 2002 found that 59 percent of women who had a facial massage, reported a feeling of freshness and rejuvenation.

About 54 percent reported supple skin, while 50 percent experienced skin tightening. Plenty of anecdotal evidence suggests that stimulating your facial muscles can help tighten skin, relieve tight muscles, and boost circulation.

6.Promotes better blood flow

Using a facial massage roller has a positive effect on skin blood flow, which may help improve the appearance of the skin.

According to a small 2018 study, people who had a 5-minute facial with a massage roller had increased blood flow to the area for at least 10 minutes after the massage. After 5 weeks of massage, blood flow response to heat was significantly improved.

7. Facial Rejuvenation

Facial massages can help relieve tension while enhancing relaxation and skin health.

Research from 2018 points to the effectiveness of facial massage with a Pao device, encouraging facial rejuvenation. The facial massage exercise device was shown to boost facial muscle thickness and cross-sectional area in women who used the device for 30 seconds, twice a day for 8 weeks.

8. Manage Scar Tissue

If you have a facial scar that’s in the healing process, massage can be greatly beneficial. Massaging the scar tissue and surrounding areas may help increase blood flow, loosen up nearby tissues, and flatten bumps.

Facial massage may also help relieve symptoms such as pain, itchiness, and tenderness. Researchers in 2014 found that massage therapy was effective in reducing pain and itchy skin while improving the appearance of raised scars from burns.

How to do it at Home:

You can give yourself a facial massage in the comfort of your home. Before beginning, clean your face and hands. Use a small amount of serum, oil, or cleansing balm so your fingers glide and rollover your skin easily. You can also use the surface of your palm.

Whether you have 5 minutes or an entire hour, you can put together your favorite elements to create an individualized facial massage routine. Repeat each stroke five times or focus on a specific area for 20 to 30 seconds. Use gentle but firm pressure.

There are several techniques you can use. Below are a few you can use to create your routine:

  • Use a circular motion to rub your fingers into your temples.
  • Use your palms and fingertips to massage the sides of your face, starting at your chin and moving up toward your forehead. Then slide your hands back down.
  • Press and glide your ring fingers into your brow bone. Move from the inner to the outer corner. Then do the same movement underneath your eyes.
  • Using your thumb and first finger, start at the outer corners of your eyebrows. Gently pinch your eyebrows as you move to the inner corner.
  • Press your fingers into the center of your brows. Glide them up toward your hairline. Then move your fingers toward your temples.
  • Press down firmly on the space between your eyebrows for a few seconds. Then continue pressing as you make clockwise and counterclockwise movements.
  • Use your index and middle fingers to press under your cheekbones. Start at the center of your face and move toward your temples.
  • For a stronger effect, use your knuckles to press into your face. Start at your nose and move them across your cheeks to your ears.
  • Use your thumb and first two fingers to pinch the center of your chin. Pinch the skin as you move toward your ears.
  • Press into your jaw as you move your fingers from the outside of your jaw toward your chin.
  • Use a circular motion to massage the area under your earlobes.
  • Use the outside of your pinky fingers to press into your neck, starting at the top and moving downward.
  • Use your ring finger to firmly press into the inner brow, gliding toward your outer brow.
  • Use your fingertips to gently tap over all the areas of your face. Then gently pinch the fleshy areas of skin.
  • Apply acupressure to facial pressure points or sinus pressure points.

Now you know everything about Facial Massage, Let's talk about Facial steaming.

We encountered people asking, is steaming your face good for my skin? And our answer is Yes!

Here are the wonderful benefits of Facial Steaming:

  • It’s cleansing. Steam opens up your pores and helps loosen any buildup of dirt for a deeper cleanse. Opening up your pores also softens blackheads, making them easier to remove.
  • It promotes circulation. The combination of warm steam and an increase in perspiration dilates your blood vessels and increases circulation. This boost of blood flow nourishes your skin and delivers oxygen. The result is a natural, healthy glow.
  • It releases acne-causing bacteria and cells. Opening up your pores allows the release of dead skin cells, bacteria, and other impurities that clog the pores and contribute to acne.
  • It releases trapped sebum. This naturally occurring oil is produced by your sebaceous glands to lubricate your skin and hair. When sebum gets trapped beneath your skin’s surface, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria and causes acne and blackheads.
  • It’s hydrating. Steam hydrates the skin by helping the increase of oil production, naturally moisturizing the face.
  • It helps your skin better absorb skincare products, skin’s permeability, enabling it to better absorb topicals. This means you get more bang for your buck from skincare products applied after steam.
  • It promotes collagen and elastin. The increased blood flow experienced during a steam facial promotes collagen and elastin production. This results in firmer, younger-looking skin.
  • It’s soothing. The feeling of warm steam on your face is relaxing. Add some soothing scents using herbs or essential oils for aromatherapy to take your steam sesh to a whole new level of calm!
  • It helps with sinus congestion. Steam can help relieve sinus congestion and headaches that often accompany it. Adding certain essential oils to your steam can boost the effect.
  • It’s affordable and accessible. You don’t need to dish out big bucks for a steam facial at a spa to enjoy the benefits; it can be done at home using items you already have.

Wrap Up

Our passion is nurturing your skin with the best of care. We know that you want to feel pampered, relaxed, and rejuvenated after a long day at work or school, so we make sure our clients get more than just massaging hands; you'll receive an excellent facial treatment including facial steaming for relaxation! Did you also realize during these sessions we provide mini massages to your arms and legs? That might be another reason why people keep coming back, because not only do facials leave them looking younger but also makes them feel brand new. Check out our services and contact us today!

Getting Here

Get directions and free parking information.

Our Clinic

Visit massage clinic of Hawaii Natural Therapy.

Our Team

Meet our licensed massage therapists.
Schedule First Session
30 | 60 | 90 | 120 minutes – prices | members

Gift Cards

Do you know a better gift than a relaxing massage? Surprise your loved ones with online gift certificates or beautiful printed gift cards. Add a thoughtful personal message.

Learn About Massage

Check Frequently Asked Questions about Massage and appointments at Hawaii Natural Therapy.

Mobile App

Book sessions at your convenience, 24/7 with our free Hawaii Natural Therapy App on Google Play or Apple App Store