18 November 2011

Tanaka Facial Massage: AKA the best thing ever

Seriously.  I'm not kidding.  I now have a more sculpted, lifted, depuffed, smoother face.  My skin/ face looks great.  Bonus: I have a significantly reduced double chin.  I feel like that is reason enough to try this.

Basically, the Tanaka Facial Massage works by stimulating the tissues of the face in such a manner that releases fat, toxins, inflammatory agents within your muscles and promotes lymphatic drainage.  If this is actually scientifically true or if this is a load of bupkiss, I haven't the slightest idea.  What I do know is that it works.  I can see the improvement in my face, and it didn't take long as I've been dedicatedly doing the massage morning and night for about two weeks. (I also hedged my bets by using a drugstore firming/ anti-aging/ facial recontouring cream - so take it or leave it).

The entire massage takes three minutes total and instructions can be found on You Tube, in a series of videos.  I'll link the first video, but there are five, and the actual instruction in which the model performs the massage on herself doesn't occur until the middle of video two and the beginning of three.  You can do the massage in the shower with your facial cleanser of choice or post cleansing with your moisturizer of choice.  If you have dry skin, you're going to need to use a bit more of your moisturizer as the act of massaging your face makes it absorb faster, especially if you're looking for the slip of freshly conditioned skin to use under makeup.  Also, if you have delicate/ more translucent/ thinner skin you could experience an increase of redness shortly after the massage simply because the massage is generating friction and opening up blood vessels in the epidermis, but it dissipates rather quickly.  So.  Fair warning.

Anywho! Here is the vid.  The face creams I've used with it are from the Garnier Fructis Ultra Lift Night Cream range, which are generally very hydrating and non-greasy. 


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  2. So this massage promises a “more sculpted, lifted, depuffed, smoother face”? That sounds interesting! How long, and how many sessions do you think it would take before one could achieve such results? I hope to hear from you soon about your experiences on this. Thanks for sharing!

    George Chambers @ Amani Medspa

  3. More than feeling good, facial massages can improve the condition of your skin – that should be enough reason to pamper yourself with this amazing treatment. Each stroke and manipulation help the blood circulation and oxidation. So, if you’re aiming for a perfect skin, you should do more than cleansing. Give it a healthy glow by pampering yourself with a heavenly facial massage. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    Lilia Valle @ La Fleur Day Spa