Uva Ursi for Skin: Naturally Lighten and Brighten Your Look

Uva ursi for skin

There are a variety of reasons dark spots can appear on our faces. If you’re a sun worshipper, it could be a side effect of too much UV exposure. For the skin-picker, it’s likely you’re familiar with scarring, or the dark spots left over from acne. And some conditions that cause dark spots, like hyper-pigmentation or melasma, seem to come from nowhere and heal only with time.

While we believe in fully embracing your skin, and all its perfect imperfections, we also understand that sometimes these spots can be a nuisance.

That’s when we like to bring in one of our favorite natural alternatives to help brighten your look. It’s a plant called uva ursi, also known as bearberry.

what is uva ursi?

Uva ursi (scientifically called Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is a small shrub with rooting branches and white, pink-flushed, bell-shaped flowers that create glossy, red fruits. The plant is also called “bearberry,” because bears like eating the sour fruits. In fact, the Latin name “uva ursi” actually means, “bear grape.”

The plant likes cooler climates, such as those in northern Europe, North America, and Asia. The leaves stay green all year, with flowers blooming in the summer and then turning into bunches of red and pink berries.

Internal Health Benefits of Uva Ursi

Uva ursi extract is pulled from the leaves of the plant, which have long been used to treat urinary tract disorders, including infections of the kidney, bladder, and urethra; increased urination; painful urination; and urine that contains excess uric acid or other acids. It’s also been used to treat constipation and bronchitis.

So popular was this plant for the treatment of urinary tract infections that it was the common treatment for the condition, right up until the discovery of antibiotics.

Benefits to the Skin

In skin care, we like uva ursi because it can help brighten your look. But aside from that, it’s packed full with nourishing antioxidants and astringent properties.  These are just a few of the benefits of this powerhouse plant.

brightens your look

To get all scientific, uva ursi is one of the only natural sources hydroquinone. This is the compound that helps to lighten the appearance of skin, and especially goes to work on dark spots.

Protective antioxidants

Like most plant extracts, uva ursi comes complete with other nutrients, including antioxidants that provide natural protection against environmental stressors.

Cleansing

The extract has natural cleansing properties, which help minimize the appearance of pores, helping skin to appear smoother and more uniform while reducing puffiness.

Astringent

Uva ursi is a gentle astringent, which means that while it minimizes the appearance of pores, it can also help tighten and firm your look.

Try uva ursi

Uva ursi is included in our formulations for the Citrus Stem Cell Serum and the Illuminating Pearl Mask, two products that help reduce the appearance of dark spots for smoother, more even looking skin. Try it and let us know what you think!

Have you used uva ursi in your skin care? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Honey: The Perfect Moisturizing, Deep-Cleansing, Natural Skin Beautifier

honey for skin

If you’re like us and you’re well versed in natural skin care ingredients, then you know that honey isn’t just for biscuits anymore.

We’ve always known that it is a great sweetener, loaded with natural antioxidants. But for us in the skin care world, we also know that applied topically, it can help moisturize and nourish the skin, and even provide anti-aging benefits.

all about honey itself

A sweet, sugary solution made by bees, honey is made up of fructose, glucose, water, oil, and special enzymes. Raw honey in particular, which isn’t filtered, strained, or heated above natural hive temperatures, is particularly rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium. It also contains proteins, fats, amino acids, and bioflavonoids.

the health benefits of honey

As opposed to regular sugar, honey’s combination of glucose and fructose delivers immediate as well as long-term energy—making it a better sweetener for diabetic patients.

In addition to being a natural energy-booster, honey has been found in research to improve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections in children and teens. Scientists have also found that Manuka honey is great at killing the antibiotic-resistant bacterium Staph aureus.

Honey also seems to contain friendly bacteria, similar to yogurt, which may explain why many people use it to aid digestion and ease stomach discomforts.

honey for skin care

Honey’s Benefits to the Skin

When it comes to skin care, however, honey really shines.  Because of its ability to hold onto water, it makes a potent moisturizer, as it hydrates without creating an oily feel.

Antioxidants protect the skin from environmental stressors, while its natural properties can help those with sensitive skin. It’s also great for oily skin, helping to keep pores clean and reducing oiliness.

Honey as a humectant

Honey is a natural humectant, which means it has the ability to absorb moisture from it’s surroundings. Humectants serve three major purposes in cosmetics — they help moisturize, absorb moisture from the environment, and pull moisture in.

In addition to all this, honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates and gives a brighter look to the tone of your skin. Regular use can help to reduce the appearance of age spots.

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Honey in face Masks

Honey is especially beneficial in face masks when left on your face for 10–20 minutes.

As you sit back and relax, the natural components go to work cleaning out pores, hydrating your skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, imparting protective antioxidants, and delivering nutrients way down deep—all without a bit of irritation.

Do you use honey in your skin care? What benefits have you noticed?

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The Difference Between Squalane and Squalene

difference between squalane and squalene

Reading an ingredient label can seem like a college exam. A one letter change to an ingredient can mean a difference in safety, effect or potency. It almost makes you want to just put it back on the shelf and rub plain ol’ coconut oil on your face. Which wouldn’t be the worst thing…

A case when a change in letter isn’t quite so dramatic, but still has caused some confusion, is with the difference between squalane and squalene. We’ll start with some background on this ingredient, which is found in skin care products, as well as vaccinations.

What is squalene?

Squalene is a fat-soluble anti-oxidant that is naturally produced during cholesterol synthesis and occurs in the skin. Like similarly structured molecules such as Vitamin E, squalene can help protect against environmental stressors.

Sharks!

Before we dive into the difference between squalene and squalane, let’s talk about why this ingredient is important to our annually celebrated predators of the sea.

Some deep sea sharks depend on squalene it for their survival. Up to 80% of the oil in these sharks’ livers is comprised of squalene, which is even more notable considering that a shark’s liver makes up 25% of its mass. Squalene helps the body utilize oxygen more efficiently, which is important when you dwell at the bottom of the ocean, where it is scarce.

Squalene in Skin Care

Squalene has proven itself to be an effective moisturizer and emollient agent for producing products that have a nice, spreadable texture. It also aids in the absorption of other nutrients, thus can be used to synergistically improve the effectiveness of a product.

Squalene used for skin care is often harvested straight from the source, by hunting sharks and extracting oil from their liver. Concern over this exploitative process has led to the use of other sources of squalene, such as olives and sugarcane. Over the last 40 years that there has been a market for this ingredient, many of the deep sea species of sharks with high amounts of squalene have been hunted to near extinction. Not only is it not humane, it’s not sustainable.

For our organic skin care, we only use olive-derived squalene.

The Difference Between Squalane and Squalene

Squalene isn’t stable enough for use in products intended to be kept on the shelves for some time, like skin care products. Squalane is derived from squalene, and is the more stable form of this molecule, as well as being colorless and odorless.

We blend olive-derived squalane with CoQ10 in the form of Ubiquinone – a fat soluble nutrient- to create a form of CoQ10 that your skin can absorb easily! Enjoy the moisturizing and absorption-boosting properties of squalane when you use our Anti-Aging Eye Cream.

Do you use squalane in your skin care? Share your experience below!

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Introducing the Illuminating Pearl Mask, Your New Favorite Skin Care Ritual

illuminating pearl mask

We. Love. Masks. We simply can’t stress it enough. Aside from having amazing benefits for your skin, we love how masking forces you to slow down, de-stress, and show yourself a little self love.

That’s why we couldn’t be more excited to roll out a brand new face mask for you all—introducing the Illuminating Pearl Mask.

Why masking is so important

Face masks are packed with skin-loving ingredients. They are formulated with a range of benefits that hydrate, moisturize, purify, balance, tone, replenish nutrients, exfoliate, stimulate, rejuvenate and calm the skin.

They truly are a pampering step to any facial routine, while supporting the skin on a deeper level.

We take masking seriously, so we also take great pride in creating them. This means take the time to ensure we’re crafting a truly luxurious and nutritive product—extensively searching for the highest quality and most effective ingredients.

What Makes the Pearl Mask Magical

This luxurious mask restores balance and harmony while creating the perfect beautifying ritual. Honey delivers complex nutrients and hydrating properties to visibly improve tone and radiance.

Turmeric’s bioactive compounds leave your skin feeling calm, making this mask ideal for sensitivities. Skin brightening pearl powder enhanced with uva ursi and licorice transforms your complexion to have an everlasting glow.

Key Ingredients

illuminating pearl mask

Pearl powder

For centuries, since at least A.D. 320, Pearl has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).. Skin health was very important in traditional Chinese culture, and pearl was the elite natural medicine to promote radiant youth.

Pearl powder contains an antioxidant that boosts the efficacy of superoxide dismutase, one of the strongest antioxidant enzymes in the body. The extensive mineral content in pearl powder has been found to promote bouncier looking skin, reduce the appearance of pore size, and brighten the appearance of skin tone.

Mountain Wildflower Honey

A natural humectant, honey helps to absorb and retain moisture to the skin. Antioxidants protect the skin from environmental stressors, while its natural properties can help those with sensitive skin.

Honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates and gives a brighter look to the tone of your skin. It keeps impurities off of the skin, but it also deeply nourishes. That’s because it’s brimming with vitamins and minerals—vitamin B, manganese, iron, potassium and calcium to name a few—and it replenishes skin with nutrient dense enzymes and amino acids.

Uva Ursi Extract

Uva ursi, aka bearberry, is one of our favorite ingredients. This magical extract contains a compound called arbutin, a powerful skin-brightener that works to create smoother, even-toned skin.

Uva ursi comes complete with other nutrients, including antioxidants that provide natural protection against environmental stressors.

Licorice Root Extract

Licorice root is a must-have in an illuminating mask—it soothes and reduces the appearance of temporary redness. Licorice extract may also help diminish the appearance of dark under-eye circles, discoloration and age spots.

The extract also has powerful antioxidants that help protect the skin from environmental stressors, as well as “licochalcone,” which helps balance oil, making this a good ingredient for those with oily skin.

Turmeric

Turmeric’s bioactive compounds leave your skin feeling calm, making this mask ideal for sensitivities.

Like other ingredients in this mask, turmeric contains potent antioxidants known to protect against environmental stressors. With it’s internal benefits being so amazing, it makes sense that topical application of turmeric may also help delay the appearance of aging on the skin.

And of course, natural sun worshippers will totally resonate with this one— we’re all tired of those dark spots! Turmeric is an ancient beauty ritual for lightening and brightening the skin.

How to use

Apply mask​ ​generously to clean skin. Leave on for 15 minutes or longer. ​Remove with a wet towel. Pat dry.

For a spa-like experience and optimal results, before applying mask, open pores in bath or shower, or with a warm towel. For best results, use once or twice a week.

Have you tried pearl in your skin care before? We can’t wait to share this one with you!

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What is a Humectant? (And Which Natural Ones to Look for in Anti-Aging Products)

what is a humectant

The first time I heard the term “humectant,” an expert in the skin care industry told me it was an ingredient that “attracted moisture from the air into the skin.”

I remember thinking, “Yeah, right. It just magically pulls water from the air around us and deposits it on the skin—voila, you have hydrated and younger-looking skin.”

Turns out that what sounded like a far-out explanation actually wasn’t too far off. Humectants do attract water, but not necessarily from the air—they are more likely to pull it up from the deeper levels of your skin to hydrate the surface.

Still, who cares? Does it really matter?

If you want your anti-aging serum to work, it does. The wrong kind of humectant can rob your skin of hydration over time, leading to more sagging and wrinkles than you had to begin with.

Synthetic Humectants

Many of the humectants commonly used in skin care products pull water from the deeper levels of skin without replenishing it. This helps the surface of your skin to look more hydrated for a little while, but as it evaporates (which it regularly does unless you’re in a very humid climate), you’re left with less hydration overall, leading to dryness, dullness, and accelerated aging.

Skin care manufacturers like synthetic humectants because they cost less than natural ones. These will help prevent water loss to some extent, but they provide no real nutrients to the skin, and over time, can actually cause damage.

Some examples of synthetic humectants:

Propylene glycol

A by-product of petroleum refining (and natural gas), propylene glycol can help skin hold onto moisture, but it can also dry out the lower layers of skin, contributing to future dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles. It can also be irritating to sensitive skin, causing redness and rashes.

PEG

Polyethylene glycols (PEGs), like propylene glycol, are petroleum-based compounds that soften skin, but may be contaminated with carcinogens like ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. These pull moisture from the lower layers of skin, but give none back.

Silicones

These are pervasive in today’s skin care products because they impart a smooth and soft feel on the skin, but these man-made chemicals also form a film over the skin’s surface, keeping it from ‘breathing’ normally. Results may include increased acne and irritation, as well as future dryness.

Urea

Urea is most often used as a preservative, but it’s also considered a humectant. It’s been shown to release formaldehyde, a carcinogen, and can increase risk of contact dermatitis.

These are just a few of the common humectants used in skin care products. If your product contains any of these, you may be hydrating in the short-term, but dehydrating your skin out over the long run.

In other words, you may be spending money for a product that’s really not going to help you.

Natural Humectants

Natural humectants, on the other hand, not only help attract water to the surface of the skin, but also deliver hydration and nutrients to the deeper layers, as well. This helps skin to keep itself hydrated on a regular basis.

Aloe

It’s a wonderful humectant. It penetrates skin deeply and quickly, hydrating at the surface and at the lower levels.

Honey

Honey has a natural ability to hold onto water (the perfect humectant), hydrating without creating an oily feel. It’s also a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids, which encourage exfoliation. This makes it even easier for skin to absorb the moisturizing elements.

Hyaluronic acid

This sounds like a chemical ingredient, but it’s not. It’s a natural molecule present throughout the body that helps hydrate and cushion joints, eyeballs, and skin. It has a natural ability to hold onto water, and seems able to adjust according to humidity levels, helping your skin cope with even dry climates.

This is an important ingredient in our Anti-Aging Serum, which helps the skin look firmer and tighter as well as reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Glycerin

It occurs naturally in every living cell so it’s easily absorbed by the skin. It holds water really well and it works by finding an equilibrium between the water content in the air and in the skin. Along with the benefits of deep hydration, the texture of glycerin makes it perfect for skin care because it glides on smoothly and evenly.

These are only a few of the many natural humectants that are great for skin.

The important thing when looking for skin care that’s really going to help you look your best is to choose those items with ingredients that offer long-lasting benefits. A little synthetic hydrator may help your skin look and feel better today, but natural humectants do that and so much more, nourishing and hydrating skin to help resist the appearance of aging far into the future.

Have you noticed a difference using natural humectants? Share your experience in the comments!

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California Becomes First State to Ban Animal Testing

california banning animal testing

California is the first and only state to ban animal testing in beauty products, taking a progressive stance against the animal cruelties that have surrounded the beauty industry for decades. Bill SB 1249 makes it illegal for cosmetic brands to sell products that have been tested on animals, as well as products including ingredients that have been tested on animals.

With a unanimous vote from the California State Assembly and Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of the Bill SB 1249, the animal testing ban will go into effect January 1st of 2020. California is known for being a more liberal and socially progressive state and this bill will elevate the beauty industry to a new standard that is unrivaled anywhere in the country.

About the bill itself

The bill was introduced by California Democratic State Senator Cathleen Galgiani earlier this year. The bill’s power comes from its accessibility in language, as it clearly stipulates who will be prohibited from animal testing:

This bill would make it unlawful for a manufacturer to import for profit, sell, or offer for sale in this state, any cosmetic, as defined, if the cosmetic was developed or manufactured using an animal test that was conducted or contracted by the manufacturer, or any supplier of the manufacturer, on or after January 1, 2020.

what constitutes a cosmetic brand?

The bill also outlines what specifically constitutes a cosmetic brand:

“Cosmetic” means any article intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, including, but not limited to, personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, or conditioner.

Building a cruelty-free world

Sen. Galgiani’s bill is intentionally written in a clear vernacular in order to make the terms accessible to the general public. The hope is that the idea of taking steps towards a completely cruelty-free world is something everyone can get behind.

With an easily understandable bill, proponents want to raise support and awareness.

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What does this mean for animal-tested products?

Any products that were previously tested on animals are allowed to continue to be sold after the the bill is put into effect as long as the testing ceases from that point on. Importing products that don’t comply with the cruelty-free standards will also be illegal once the bill is in effect.

There will be steep fines for any company that violates these regulations starting at $5,000 for the initial violation, with an additional $1,000 being added on for every day the product continues to be sold.

opposition to the bill

Prior versions of the bill were strongly opposed by manufacturing companies who believed the prevention of animal testing would hold American cosmetic companies back in the global expansion of beauty products. They feared that the passing of the bill would provoke a sharp decrease in foreign exports.

In the final version of the bill, measurements that restricted animal testing to comply with foreign law were taken out. This was seen as a compromise between manufacturers, foreign traders, and cruelty-free advocates.

President and CEO of The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) praised the bill saying, “The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act is pragmatic legislation that balances animal welfare, regulatory requirements, and decades of science.”

a global precedent

Although California is the first of the states to uphold a progressive cruelty-free law, this standard is found in many other countries, including India, the European Union, and Israel. However most other countries limit their laws to the products, instead of getting granular with the ingredients.

how this could change the industry

For some companies this will be a big change that may mean costlier products for higher quality. With the advanced developments in stem cell research there are new, fail-safe ways to test ingredients and products on stem cells without harming animals.

Other forms of cruelty-free testing include, in vitro testing on human cells inside a test tube, computerized virtual drug trials, and computer simulations.

Our cruelty-free roots

Many beauty brands voluntarily exclude any ingredients subject to animal testing. At Annmarie Skin Care, we have been dedicated to a cruelty-free presence since the start of our company. With all-natural, non-GMO ingredients, we decided upon our foundation in 2008 that we would never compromise integrity when it came to maintaining the quality of any life.

Our skin care line is Leaping Bunny Certified and is thrilled to see a shift in beauty industry mentality towards a broader social awareness.

PETA keeps an extensive list of brands who currently (and voluntarily) comply with cruelty-free standards. You can search the PETA database to guarantee you are using products from companies that believe in cruelty-free values and uphold the Leaping Bunny standards.

Be a conscious consumer

While this bill is a giant leap in the right direction, animal testing is still prevalent in American and around the world. The most effective way to take a stand against animal cruelty is through your purchasing power. Make sure to be an informed consumer and choose to spend your money on companies that uphold the same values you believe in.

When enough people show they care businesses are forced to listen and adapt or they become irrelevant. In the upcoming years it’s up to us to make animal testing irrelevant.

Opening this up for discussion. Share your thoughts on California’s new animal-testing ban in the comments below!

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The 5 Minute DIY Facial Massage for Bouncy, Rejuvenated Skin

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As you read this you are most likely activating one of your 43 facial muscles without consciously meaning to. Each of these unconscious, as well as all the conscious expressions we make, form temporary lines or markings in the skin that show our feelings.

Over time, our facial muscle memory begins to hold onto our expressions and these lines remain visible even when not consciously activated. These lines, also known as wrinkles, are a universal sign of getting older.

Some cultures revere their elder population as wise teachers that are to be respected and never seek to hide or prevent these markings of experience. This approach toward aging is, unfortunately, a less common reaction to facial wrinkles and getting older.

smoothing skin from the inside, out

Majority of populations revere youthful skin and as a result, we tend to want to feel as well as look younger than we are as we age. So what can we do about these wrinkles from a muscle perspective?

Logically, if activating our facial muscles repetitively creates these lines, it stands to reason that calming the facial muscle contractions regularly can smooth out the lines and prevent them from embedding into the skin as deeply over time.

the many benefits of facial massage

One of the best ways to calm our muscles is with massage. Sometimes, we don’t even realize how tense we are until we get a massage and feel how firmly we are holding our muscles. Before going to Esthetic school I never realized how many muscles the face had, how often we activate these muscles (constantly and oftentimes even in our sleep) nor was I aware my face was in a constant state of tension.

After the first facial massage I received, I remember feeling euphoric. All the tension I didn’t know I had around my eyes, temples, forehead, jaw and even my ears had melted. I was shocked by how different I felt.

I was calmer, found myself breathing deeper and when I looked in the mirror my face was refreshed like I had just woke up from taking a nap!

DIY Facial Massage

You can perform facial massage at home for similar results. Daily facial massage could be your key to preventative wrinkle care and the natural answer to achieving more youthful skin as we age.

Below is a special facial massage sequence I created just for you. With this, you can get the benefits of facial massage daily at home and achieve a smoother, calmer and clearer complexion for overall rejuvenated youthful skin.

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PREPARE

  • Skin should be free of makeup and clean.
  • Hands freshly washed.
  • Hair tied back or held away from the face.
  • Skin should have a fresh and generously applied oil serum or balm of your preference.
  • Choose: Perform the sequence seated, spine tall and aligned with the feet firmly on the floor -or- Standing with your spine lengthened and tall, shoulders down, in front of a mirror.

5 Minute Facial Massage for Skin Rejuvenation

1. Relaxing Breath

  • Close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths.
  • Breathe deeply through the nose and exhale completely through the mouth.
  • You can incorporate an essential oil of your choice during this step if you’d like.
  • A botanical facial serum can also be used for aromatic breaths.

2. Calming Warmth

  • Briskly rub your hands together to create heat.
  • Place palms gently over face, covering your eyes and take a deep breath.

3. Neckline Lift

Right side:

  • Place your left hand on your right collarbone aligned under your ear.
  • Turn your head slightly to the left and tilt your chin up slightly.
  • Hold your fingers together, straight and flat.
  • Smooth (softly glide) up the neck from the collarbone to the jawbone.
  • Move your hand back down to your collarbone aligned under your eye.
  • Smooth (softly glide) up the neck from the collarbone to the jawbone.
  • Turn your head back to center, keeping your chin tilted up slightly.
  • Move your hand back down to your collarbone aligned under your nose.
  • Smooth (softly glide) up the neck from the collarbone to the jawbone.

Left side:

  • Place your right hand on your left collarbone aligned under your ear.
  • Turn your head slightly to the right and tilt your chin up slightly.
  • Hold your fingers together, straight and flat.
  • Smooth (softly glide) up the neck from the collarbone to the jawbone.
  • Move your hand back down to your collarbone aligned under your eye.
  • Smooth (softly glide) up the neck from the collarbone to the jawbone.
  • Turn your head back to center, keeping your chin tilted up slightly.
  • Move your hand back down to your collarbone aligned under your nose.
  • Smooth (softly glide) up the neck from the collarbone to the jawbone.

Note: When you are comfortable with this move, you can alternate left and right hand with rhythm using the same locations and motions.

4. Firm Jawline

  • Look straight forward and tilt your chin slightly back.
  • Place both thumbs under the chin side by side.
  • Place both pointer and middle fingers on top of chin aligned above thumbs.
  • Compress chin gently between middle and pointer fingers and thumbs.
  • Gently smooth from the center of the face outward to ears maintaining a gentle compression.
  • Reposition fingers at the center chin and Repeat 3 times.
  • On the 3rd time, pause by the ears, lift the thumbs off the skin and smooth down the side of the neck with pointer and middle fingers.
  • Roll your shoulders back and take a deep breath.

5. Cheek Tone and Open Sinuses

  • Place hands flat together in prayer below the chin.
  • Keep the heel of your hands together, open the fingers outward away from each other.
  • Rest your chin in-between your hands.
  • Holding your head and neck firmly press the heels of your hands into your chin and smooth outward along the jawbone, chin to ears.
  • Reposition the heels of your hands at the corners of your mouth.
  • Holding your head and neck firmly press the heels of your hands into your cheeks and smooth outward from the corner of your lips to ears.
  • Reposition the heels of your hands at the corners of your nose.
  • Holding your head and neck firmly press the heels of your hands into your cheekbone and smooth along cheekbone outward to your scalp.

6. Bright Eyes and Smooth Laugh Lines

  • Place pointer and middle fingers aligned between your eyebrows.
  • Apply pressure, hold for a count of 3 and release.
  • Pause for a deep breath.
  • Smooth fingers outward along eyebrow bones toward temples.
  • Circle around the eye, following on top of the bone, up the ridge of the nose and back the between the brows.
  • Complete 3 eye circles with steady gentle pressure all the way around.
  • Smooth across the brows again, this time pause at the temples (between the corner of the eye and your hairline).
  • With gentle pressure make 6 small, steady, circles on the temples.
  • Pause for a deep breath.

7. Forehead Tension and Line Relief

  • Place the heel of your palm at the top ridge of your nose just below your eyebrows. It should sit comfortably in the curve with your palm and fingers pointing upward flat over your forehead.
  • Press the heel gently into the forehead and slide from between the brows straight up into your hairline.
  • Reposition the heel of your hand.
  • Repeat this calming glide 3 times over the center of your forehead.

Once the first move is complete, align your fingers down the center of your forehead. Place both hands with fingertips touching, so that you have 8 fingers in the center of your forehead. (pinky, ring, middle and pointer fingers)

  • Apply gentle pressure onto the skull and slide outward and down to temples.
  • Reposition fingers in the center of the forehead and repeat 3 times.
  • Pause at the temple, smooth down the side of the face and down the side of the neck.
  • Roll your shoulders back and take a deep breath.

8. Open Ears

  • Hold your earlobe between your thumb and pointer finger with your thumbs behind your earlobe and your pointer in front.
  • Gently compress ear between fingers.
  • Reposition fingers by moving a finger width up the outer ridge of the ear.
  • Gently compress ear between fingers.
  • Reposition fingers again by moving a finger width up the side of the ear again.
  • Gently compress ear between fingers.
  • When you get to the center of the outer ear ridge switch your thumbs to the front of your ear and your pointer behind your ear and continue compressions up the ear.
  • Pause after you complete the top of the ear compression.
  • Release your thumb, reposition your pointer and middle finger together where the top curve of the ear connects to the side of the face.
  • Press firmly and hold for a count of 3 then release.

9. Calming Warmth

  • Briskly rub your hands together to create heat.
  • Place palms gently over face, covering your eyes and take a deep breath.

10. Relaxing Breath

  • Close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths.
  • Breathe deeply through the nose and exhale completely through the mouth.
  • Roll your shoulders back.
  • Lift the outer corners of your lips into a smile.

Daily Ritual Life Hack:

A few years ago I committed to daily facial massage. How do I do it? To keep it in my daily routine without adding much to my getting ready time I began doing a modified version of facial massage each time I cleanse my skin and apply my facial oil.

You are already creating circulation with those two rituals and you can boost the benefits of cleansing and applying oil by incorporating movements from the above facial massage and being more intentional during these two skin care steps. It sounds too easy and that’s the point. If it’s easy, it is easier to stick to the daily commitment.

I look forward to hearing how the facial massage sequence makes you feel and any benefits you notice in your skin. Please share your experience in the comments below!

About the author

Bokhara Lashi is an Esthetician and Wellness Specialist at Embody Zen and artist at Moss Art Studio.

 

The following post The 5 Minute DIY Facial Massage for Bouncy, Rejuvenated Skin was first published on Annmarie Skin Care.