Head into summer with bare-faced confidence (Picture: Getty Images/Metro.co.uk/EyeEm)
You’ve invested in the retinol, you’re using vitamin C daily and you’re applying a weekly exfoliation mask.
However, if your skin is still looking lacklustre, what other options do you have?
Thankfully, renowned facialist Abigail James says a glowing complexion isn’t just about skincare and that we need to look past ‘miracle creams’ and approach our regimes from a 360-degree point of view.
The award-winning aesthetician’s second book, The Glow Plan, integrates practical facial massage with inspirational lifestyle tips, including nutrition advice and yoga techniques, to get your skin glowing from the inside out.
Here we ask Abigail for advice on how we can start boosting our skin so we can head into the bare-faced summer months with confidence.
For face massage, just add a teaspoon
If you think you need fancy gadgets for a facial massage, think again, insists Abigail James (Picture: Supplied)
‘Lymphatic drainage is a form of gentle but highly effective massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body,’ says Abigail, sharing tips for a healthy look without expensive lotions.
‘These methods can be incredibly beneficial for skin and body health – even for those with a condition like acne or rosacea. Other forms of massage are generally too stimulating for these skin types.
‘Whether or not you have a skin condition, lymphatic drainage can be immensely calming and help reduce puffiness.
‘While many people advise using oil when performing lymphatic drainage, in my opinion, the extra “slip” can mean we miss the all-important lymph and limit results.
‘The lymphatic vessels are as fine as silk strands, and if you press too hard, you’ll flatten them. Imagine the light pressure of a 20-pence piece resting on the pads of your fingers, then try to recreate this sensation throughout your lymph drainage practice.
‘The lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump (such as the heart) to move lymph around, so it relies on muscular movement and a very slight peristalsis (or wave-like) motion.
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‘The point is to move the skin over tissue, applying a little pressure before releasing. The lymphatic system is a like a traffic jam.
‘We need to move the traffic at the front of the queue before the rest of the cars can continue on their journey. For this reason, we always start at the neck, then work up to the face, then back down again.’
If you think you need fancy gadgets for a facial massage, think again. Abigail says teaspoons are easily accessible, easy to use and do the trick just as well.
Here’s a quick facial massage to try …read more
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