Skin care goes far beyond skin care products, as anyone who's witnessed the transformative effects of a facial massage can attest to. And while you can use your hands to give yourself a face massage, there are plenty of reasons why investing in a targeted tool makes sense. To get help on choosing the best face massagers, I turned to Elaine Hunztinger, an acupuncturist and facial rejuvenation specialist, who advises investing in a high-quality, user-friendly tool, like a gua sha disc or a jade roller.But even more important than the tool itself is your technique, so your "lymphatic system is better able to do its job of cleansing your body of toxins and supporting your immune system," Huntzinger explains. Ahead, you'll find four of the best face-massaging tools to choose from — but first, some expert tips on technique.
Before performing your facial massage, it's best to first cleanse and prepare your skin with moisturizing products — think essences, serums, and creams. With any form of facial massage, whether using your hands or a tool, “The general rule is up and out. Start with the neck, to open the meridians and encourage lymph flow." Work on one half of your face at a time, going from the midline and out towards your ears/hairline. "There are loads of lymph nodes in front of the ear, so moving towards them encourages them to do their job, i.e. it encourages depuffing in the face," Huntzinger says.