Why You Need to Include Facial Acupressure Massage in Your Self-Care Routine
I’ve had skin issues ever since the first zit popped up on my face at the age of 12. Fast forward to 32, and my skin wasn’t doing much better.
Not only was I still battling the occasional breakouts while trying to fade the stubborn acne scars from my teenage days, I now had another problem to contend with:
Dull, tired-looking skin. The first hints of wrinkles. And the growing sagginess in my cheeks.
I was fed up.
So I buckled down and started to get serious about taking good care of my skin.
I did a lot of research, made some lifestyle tweaks, and tried a lot of products and practices. Let me make myself clear though, I wasn’t (and am not) after “flawless”, or “forever young”. My goal for my skin has always been to look healthy, refreshed, and bright. I want my skin to reflect the kind of glow I feel inside of me.
And in my quest to obtain better skin, I discovered a simple—and yet extremely effective (and not to mention costs next to nothing)—method to improve the health and look of our skin.
It’s called acupressure.
What is Acupressure?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is believed that we all have a vital life force called “qi” (pronounced “chi”) flowing through channels—called Meridians—within our bodies. The strength of our qi and how well it flows along our meridians have a direct impact on our physical, mental, and emotional health.
Acupressure, similar to acupuncture, is a healing practice that involves stimulating key trigger points along our meridians with the goal of clearing areas of stagnation and blockage, thus improve the flow of our qi and restore balance to our health.
But unlike acupuncture which requires the use of specialized needles and more precise knowledge of where the trigger points are in order to achieve its intended health effects, acupressure simply requires your hands and a rough idea of where you need to apply pressure.
Once you try acupressure, you’ll be amazed by its simplicity and effectiveness. It is truly a powerful tool that will empower you to take your health into your own hands—literally!
In previous articles, I’ve talked about the benefits of acupressure on various conditions ranging from anxiety, respiratory issues, to headaches. Today, I’m going to show you how acupressure can benefit your skin.
Benefits of Facial Acupressure
There are various acupressure points on our face that can be used to improve the health and appearance of our skin.
When you apply facial acupressure consistently over time, you can expect to see the following effects (and I can confirm these effects from personal experience):
- Improved skin elasticity
- Improved blood circulation to the face, resulting in a healthy rosy look
- Reduced appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone
- Brighter, more luminous skin
- Less noticeable eye bags and dark circles
- Smoother skin
- Facial acupressure can also benefit our sensory organs. Along with brighter and clearer skin, you can also expect brighter eyes and clearer sinuses.
A lot of people ask: Do acupressure points really work? And my answer to that is—there’s only one way to find out:
Give it a go yourself!
Now scroll down and let me show you how you can give yourself a facial acupressure points massage, as well as 7 of my favourite pressure points that will give your skin a beautiful, healthy glow.
How Do You Acupressure Your Face?
The simplest way is to use your fingers, but if you’re going to use your fingers, make sure your nails are not too long or sharp.
When applying pressure to a facial acupressure point, remember to start gently, then slowly increase pressure. If you have significant blockages in your meridians, a pressure point may feel really sore at first, but after a session or two, that sore sensation will gradually ease off.
So if it hurts a little at first, it’s completely normal.
You may be wondering: Is there a special way to apply pressure to these points?
I like to mix up my methods.
Sometimes I’ll massage a pressure point in tiny circular motion for 5-10 seconds at a time, then release the pressure and relax for 5 seconds. I’ll repeat this cycle for about a minute or so on a pressure point before moving on to another point.
Other times I’ll apply steady but increasing pressure to a point for a few seconds at a time, then release pressure, and then repeat these steps for a minute before moving on.
And yet other times I’ll just tap on a point with the tip of my finger for 10-15 seconds.
Any of these methods will provide gentle stimulation to your facial acupressure points and achieve the benefits I mentioned earlier, but in my personal humble opinion, switching them up generates the best results (and keeps things interesting too).
Now that you know everything you need to know about how to apply acupressure on yourself, let me show you some of the best facial acupressure points I’ve discovered.
My Go-To Facial Acupressure Points for Brighter, Rejuvenated Skin
1. Si-bai (Four Whites)
Benefits of This Facial Acupressure Point: Besides addressing eye problems and facial neurological issues, consistent massaging of this facial acupressure point can yield brighter, more rejuvenated skin.
How to Find This Facial Acupressure Point: Si-bai is located on either side of your face, approximately 2 fingers’ width (or about 1.3 inches) directly below your pupils. When you press around this area, you will feel a slight depression in the bone structure of your cheeks, and Si-bai is located within this depression.
2. Jing-ming (Bright Eyes)
Benefits of This Facial Acupressure Point: The Jing-ming acupressure point, meaning “bright eyes” in English, does live up to its name. Not only will it alleviate eye strain and refresh your eyes, it will also help reduce puffiness around the eyes and improve the appearance of dark circles over time.
How to Find This Facial Acupressure Point: You can find Jing-ming on either side of your face, within the depression just slightly below the inner corner of your eyes. Close your eyes as you massage this acupressure point for an even more relaxing experience!
3. Yang-bai (Yang White)
Benefits of This Facial Acupressure Point: Yang-bai is a great acupressure point for relieving headaches and tackling eye issues such as itching and swelling of the eyes. Another lesser-known benefit of Yang-bai is that it can improve blood circulation to the face, resulting in more radiant skin with a healthy, rosy glow.
How to Find This Acupressure Point: Yang-bai is located on either of your forehead, approximately 2 fingers’ width (or 1.3 inches) above the midpoint of your eyebrow. If you’re not sure where the midpoint of your eyebrow is, here’s another hint on how to locate Yang-bai: It lines up vertically with your pupil.
4. Tong-zi-liao (Pupil Bone Hole)
Benefits of This Facial Acupressure Point: Besides addressing headaches and eye problems, Tong-zi-liao is excellent for reducing the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes—like crow’s feet.
How to Find This Facial Acupressure Point: Tong-zi-liao is approximately a finger’s width away from
the outer corners of your eyes.
5. Ying-xiang (Welcome Fragrance)
Benefits of This Facial Acupressure Point: Ying-xiang is one of my favourite acupressure points because of its various benefits related to the respiratory system—it helps alleviate nasal congestion, improve breathing, and also reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds around the mouth, which tend to deepen and become more noticeable with age.
How to Find This Facial Acupressure Point: Welcome Fragrance is located in the groove right next to your nostril, on either side of your face.
6. Di Cang (Earth Granary)
Benefits of This Facial Acupressure Point: Di-cang is most often used in the treatment of neurological issues in the face as Bell’s Palsy. It’s also very good at addressing dental pain. But that’s not all, Di-cang is also known for its skin-lifting effects and its ability to lessen and prevent wrinkles around the mouth, including the nasolabial folds.
How to Find This Facial Acupressure Point: Imagine there’s a horizontal line extending from the corner of your mouth (either left or right, doesn’t matter), and at the same time, there’s a vertical line dropping down from your pupil (on the same side of your face). Di-cang is located in the spot where the two lines meet.
7. Cheng-jiang (Sauce Receptacle)
Benefits of This Facial Acupressure Point: Regularly stimulating Cheng-jiang can help improve blood circulation to the face, improve symptoms of dry mouth, and even help with mental disorders.
How to Find This Facial Acupressure Point: Cheng-jiang is conveniently located in the groove between your bottom lip and chin.
And that’s everything you need to know on how to give yourself a facial acupressure massage for glowing, beautiful skin. My final words of advice? As with many things in life, if you want to see lasting results, consistency is key.