“I swear it works, as silly as you may feel”
Fact: No one can pull off a natural makeup look quite like Meghan Markle. So, if there’s one thing we want to know about the Duchess of Sussex, it’s how she maintains that impossibly dewy, all-year-round glow.
And surprisingly, it’s mostly due to one specific treatment – facial massaging.
While it may sound a little bizarre, it’s actually a pretty similar concept to crystal facial massaging – except the whole shebang is performed with hands instead of a crystal roller or gua sha tool.
In an interview with Birchbox Meghan praised the benefits of facial massaging, saying it not only works to improve skin tone, but it also sculpts and contours the facial muscles. It pretty much sounds like a needle-free facelift.
She said, "I do facial exercises from one of my favourite aestheticians, Nichola Joss, who basically has you sculpt your face from the inside out. I swear it works, as silly as you may feel. On the days I do it, my cheekbones and jawline are waaaay more sculpted. There's a reason she is in high demand around awards season when every actress wants to look A-plus.”
Fortunately, in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Meghan’s facialist Nicola Joss gave us all a run-down on the ins and outs of facial massaging. She says continuous facial massaging can both improve the contour, health and volume of the skin, while also giving it an added radiance.
According to Joss, “When you spend time massaging the facial muscles you will immediately start working on the lymphatic system to help clear toxins and fluids. Massage will also help improve skin tone and texture, refine the pores, and keep skin looking clearer. This helps to lift the face.”
“I incorporate inner facial massage in my facials to relieve tension and stress in the facial muscles, working with reflexology and pressure points to eradicate fluids and puffiness and give a feeling of softness and lightness to the jawline and cheek area where we hold lots of tension and have tight muscles. This is great too for relieving puffiness on the day of the wedding, too,” she says.
Joss recommends using a nourishing facial oil along with these nifty massaging tricks: “In the evening, apply an oil, like Lumity Facial Oil and spend five minutes massaging the skin using sweeping strokes, starting from the centre of the face and working outwards and upwards paying particular attention to the jawline, cheekbones and eye contour area.”
Want to try facial massaging for yourself? Check out our tips on how to give yourself a DIY facial massage.
What do you think of facial massaging? Have you tried it before? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.