There was a time when facial massage was a luxury we only indulged in during a spa visit, but in recent years the rising popularity of Gua Sha and jade rollers has seen the treatment become a DIY affair.
Now a regular part of our beauty routine, face massage has been around for years – over 3000 to be a little more precise – and was originally practiced in China.
The heavenly feeling of relaxation brought about by facial massage is just a bonus to the true benefits the process can offer.
Facial massage promotes lymphatic drainage, meaning toxins are flushed from the skin at a faster rate, as well as stimulating blood flow and muscles to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. In other words, achieving the beauty goal we’re all chasing.
If you’re looking for more proof you should be adopting the practice immediately, a 2017 study found using massage while applying skincare actually improved the efficacy of the products.
Beauty tech has taken the anti-aging massage to a whole new level with the introduction of microcurrents, warming and tools dedicated to specific areas of the face (under eye bags, we’re looking at you).
Scroll on for our top picks of the best face massage tools on the market.
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Vanessa Megan Beauty Vibe Micro Vibration Wand, $69.95 from Adore Beauty
Give your face massage a little boost with micro-vibrations designed to help stimulate the muscles, promote collagen production, blood flow and lymphatic drainage.
PMD Beauty Clean Pro, $225 from Adore Beauty
If you’re looking for more from your facial massage, go no further than this cleansing device. Working to cleanse, firm and tone the skin, the PMD Clean Pro also offers a patented ActiveWarmth feature which enhances the absorption and effectiveness of your skincare even further.
NuFACE Mini Facial Toner, $327 from Current Body
NuFace’s sculpting device emits microcurrents into the skin to energise facial muscles and accelerate collagen production for firmer, smoother skin. Fitting perfectly along the jawline and cheekbones, it aids in naturally contouring the face.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Facialift, 63 from Net-A-Porter
Respected UK skincare expert, Sarah Chapman, created her Facialift device with the premise of re-creating her signature facial kneading massage. Not only is it effective at aiding lymphatic drainage, but it feels heavenly on the skin.
SALT BY HENDRIX Rose Quartz Gua Sha, $29.95 from Adore Beauty
Crafted from beautiful rose quartz and shaped to perfectly contour the face, it’s no surprise this simple yet stunning Gua Sha is a top seller.
Hunter Lab Aura Facial Sculpting Tool, $298 from Oz Hair & Beauty
Made with 24K gold plating and a solar-charge micro-current that mimics the body’s natural bioelectric current, it’s the Gua Sha you know and love at a whole new level of luxe.
FOREO The Iris, $179 from Adore Beauty
If you’re main skincare concern revolves around your eyes, whether it be bags or crow’s feet, this ophthalmologist approved massager may be your perfect skincare match. Consistently selling out, you know it must be good.
Mount Lai De-Puffing Jade Facial Roller, $55 from Sephora
If you’re looking for a trusted classic or are new to facial massage you can’t surpass the jade roller.