Do facial massaging techniques really work?

The one question on everyone’s mind is, do facial massaging techniques actually work? So let’s delve a little deeper. Now, for anyone like me who suffers from facial puffiness and inflammation, especially first thing in the morning, there’s a solution out there worth trying – and it’s actually been around for years.

Using either a trendy beauty tool, like a Gua Sha or a sculpting wand, or your trusty hands, a technique called lymphatic massage aims to clear excess fluid and toxins through a light facial massage. With claims that a simple massage on the face could calm and tighten skin and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles, I wanted to find out what all the fuss was about. Online, influencers and celebrities alike insist their daily lymphatic massage gives them a healthy, natural and instant glow.

Aside from using your hands, here’s two of the most common facial massage techniques for you to try out for yourself.


Gua Sha

An ancient Chinese medical practice, Gua Sha has become quite trendy over the past couple of years thanks to social media. While traditional methods of Gua Sha are intended for the entire body and are quite vigorous, facial Gua Sha-ing tends to be a little gentler.

A technique used to promote blood circulation, reduce congestion, smooth wrinkles and brighten the skin, the technique involves a jade, rose quarts or other gemstone type tool being used to massage your face in upward, sculpting motions. With a range of trendy Gua Sha stones on the market, it’s easier than ever to try out the ancient method of sculpting your face.

To appropriately learn more about the ancient technique, listen and learn from a range of Chinese Gua Sha experts and purchase from Chinese retailers including Zhong CentreYang Face and Treatment by Lashin.

Vibrating Massage

For a more modernised take on the lymphatic massage technique, look no further than a handy vibrating sculpting tool. For an at-home truly luxurious facial massaging experience, Imbibe’s 24-carat gold-plated Sculpt tool is just the thing.

By simply gliding the tool over your neck, cheeks, temples and forehead in an upwards motion across the jawline and cheekbones, the smooth vibrations aim to bring dewy luminosity to your skin, sculpt your face contours and help lock hydration in.

Vibrating at 6,000 vibrations per minute, the gold wand should be applied to the face with a gentle level of pressure to best stimulate blood flow, collagen and oxygen to the skin’s cells for a fresher, younger complexion.

To try it out for yourself, you can buy it here.