FIVE MINUTE ROLLER MASSAGE TIPS
The eye area is a common area of concern for many. Not only is the skin around the eyes very delicate, but additionally it is an area where we tend to hold more tension and show more signs of aging. One of our favorite tricks for reviving tired eyes, is facial massage. It helps flush out stagnant fluid that contributes to dark circles and puffiness. Additionally, relieving tension will help release some of the tightness that contributes to expression lines.
For this massage we like using the small end of a gemstone roller. If your tool does not have a small end, you can use a larger tool. Just be sure to use very gentle pressure. A small cold roller would also work wonderfully here, as the cold will feel even more soothing. Using an eye cream or gel here is totally optional but recommended if you experience dry skin around your eyes.
THE FIVE STEPS
STEP ONE : UNDEREYE SWEEPS - Begin by using your small roller and starting at the inner corner of the eye, next to the bridge of the nose. Roll gently outward, toward the temples and then down the sides of the face in one long, sweeping motion. This helps flush out any stagnant puffiness or fluid that can accumulate and begins to wake up the eye area.
STEP TWO : GENTLE UNDEREYE PUMPS - To continue to brighten and flush out the eye area, use the small roller end of your tool to perform gentle pumping motions below the eyeline area, along the orbital bone. You can use a light "flicking" technique or just perform very small vertical rolls, moving outwards once more toward the temples.
STEP THREE : BROW LIFT & ROLL - Many of us tend to carry a lot of facial tension between the brows. This move is very good for releasing that tension and creating an instant lift. To work the brows, start at the inner, under corner of the brow and roll out along the browbone. You can go over or under the brows, depending on what feels best. Roll all the way out to the temples. Add a tiny bit of extra pressure and a little jiggle at the start of each move, for extra release.
STEP FOUR : "LINE ERASERS" - Crows feet and fine lines are something we tend to see more of as we age. These can be worsened by squinting or staring at computer screens all day. Using the small roller end to create a little cross friction, we want to start near the outer corner of the eye and work out to the hairline. Using an eraser-like motion to vertically roll over the area, you can increase your pressure as you get further from the eyes and into the temples.
STEP FIVE : BROW PRESSURE POINT LIFT - There are many small pressure points in the browbone area and working them can provide some instant stress-relief. Using the end of your tool, carefully place it at the inner corner of the brow and add a little intentional pressure. Just enough to gently lift the brown but not enough to cause any discomfort.
Once you find a comfortable spot and pressure, hold for a few seconds. Move to the middle underside of the brownbone and repeat. Lastly, repeat this a third time at the tail end of the brownbone. Work each set of pressure points several times on each side to finish.
Five minute face massages to-glow are timed to be about five minutes long. There is no sound, so you can use this as quiet time or add your own soundtrack. Follow the moves in the video - about thirty seconds per move - on each side. Complete everything in five moves and five minutes. Repeat if if desired, or mix and match with other videos to really treat your skin. Be sure to check back every Friday for new videos!