They say that your eyes are the window to your soul.
Well right now mine look more like the display window at Mulberry, full of BAGS!!!! Not the designer leather ones either. We’re talking the wrinkly old puffy ones!
Dehydration, environmental and work related stress and a general lack of sleep again this week have all contributed to my usually bright eyed peepers looking more like a mole coming out of its hibernating hole! (only not as cute!)
That got me thinking about how I could really do with a facial right now but let’s just say that I am on an economy drive (here's hoping its temporary as being skint really doesn't suit my lifestyle!) so I’ve been thinking about...
how to create that “post glow” facial look from home?
I mean, what is it that a therapist does that always has you looking just so darn good?
It can’t be the products as muggins here always gets talked into buying them all.
It can’t just be that you are sat relaxing in a dark room for an hour. I do that regularly these days, especially when I have a migraine!
So what is it then that the therapist does that gets your skin back to its beautiful best?
I have concluded that it’s the massage element.
Is there anything more satisfying than having someone stroke your face in such a way that you look visibly more sculpted and lifted afterwards?
Shame I can’t get someone do that to my boobs and bum! Oh hang on, I do! His name is Franco and he definitely helps contribute to my glow. Enough of that though, this is about facial massage and why you should try and incorporate a little bit of it into your own home treatments.
Here are a few tips and tricks that I have picked up to sort out the old sagging jowls!
Do not massage your face in circular motions, you know like you see them doing in the beauty ads – this is actually going to drag your skin. Instead use gentle diagonal strokes upwards (as though you were going against gravity which makes perfect sense right) to create a more tightened and toned up-lifted effect.
Use an oil rather than serum for a prolonged facial massage. Serums penetrate and disappear quickly into the skin (which is great) but an oil will stay on the surface for longer and in just a few minutes you’ll see your skin start to balance and even itself out.
For puffiness, apply a bit of pitter patter! By that I mean to apply light tapping motions. What this does is stimulate the lymphatic system which is going to help flush out excess fluids and toxins. In my case the red wine I consumed on account of the fact that I was stressed – yada yada yada!! It’s like I’m stuck in a self-perpetuating circle of baggy eyedness!
Give those peepers of yours a good old pincheroo. There are loads of lotions and potions out there for the under eye area but upper eyelids can be a real problem area. So to give yourself the appearance of more lifted brows, simply apply gentle pressure along your brows between your thumb and finger.
When it comes to eliminating those eye bags, cos let’s face it the only bags we are really interested in are designer ones that hold our purse and make-up,
always stroke from the inside out,
never the other way round as this will just make your eye bags look even worse.
So there you have it, a few more of my fabfit tips, this time to help provide a natural at home face lift for those times when you can’t fit in a visit to your favourite professional!
(Mine is called Noorie by the way and Noorie, if you are reading this, fire up the Venus Freeze machine baby as I’m about ready for one of your back to the future style anti ageing treatments).