If you are into health, wellness and beauty then I am sure you have heard of face rolling. Perhaps you’ve seen jade rollers popping up everywhere, I know I have! While I was attending the Holistic Beauty Expo (an annual expo on all things natural and holistic beauty), I stumbled across facial reflexology. To say I was curious was an understatement. I was very close to buying a rose quartz roller at the expo, but after I tried these tools, I was hooked. I’ve been using them daily for a few months and definitely noticed some changes in my skin and knew that I had to share. So get ready because today we are talking all things facial reflexology!
What the Heck Is Facial Reflexology Anyways?
Maybe like me, you have never heard of facial reflexology. I had heard about reflexology but still didn’t know too much about it. So let’s understand what this is first!
Reflexology has been around for thousands of years and is most often practiced in Eastern cultures. The main premise of reflexology is built around certain pressure points on the body and how they correlate with different organs in the body. It works through the circulatory system, nervous system and energy flow within the body. I had heard about having reflexology done on the feet and hands, but never the face. Turns out, facial reflexology is also a thing and its pretty special.
Facial reflexology is relatively new and is thought to have started around the 1980s. One of the modalities is called Dien Chan or multireflexology. It is the foundation of any facial reflexology done today and is what I will be talking about when it comes to the specific tools I am using.
It is believed that certain issues with your skin (such as wrinkles, blemishes and spots) are caused by an imbalance in your body. The face is an important source of information about the general internal state of your body and a good indicator of overall health. I can speak anecdotally on this in regards to how foods impact your skin. I always notice a difference when I have too much dairy and not enough water. My skin can break out if I have too much dairy and look very dry when I don’t drink enough water.
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The Pressure Points:
As I mentioned, certain parts of the face stimulate or correspond to different areas in the body. Here is a brief overview of how this works:
- Chin: kidney, bladder
- Bottom lip: intestines
- Upper lip: stomach
- Above the lip: spleen
- Tip of the nose: heart
- Sides of the nose: lungs
- Ears: kidneys
- Eyebrows: kidneys, liver
- Upper corners of the forehead: gall bladder
How it Benefits Your Skin:
The first thing to note is that it doesn’t just benefit your skin. This is a truly holistic approach and can benefit different parts of your body and organs. The main reasons I use it are for the benefits to my skin as I have noticed a difference both immediately after using it and some of the longer term benefits thus far.
Facial reflexology helps to promote blood circulation, strengthen the bond between the facial skin and muscles, and release muscular tension. So if you are anything like me and tend to clench your jaw, this is actually really helpful in relieving some of that tension as well. In addition to this it can also result in improved facial tone and tightening of the skin.
In addition to this, it also helps your skin the following ways:
- Helps with lymphatic drainage (thus reducing puffiness)
- Evens out the skin and over time can help lessen wrinkles on your face
- Makes your oils/serums or moisturizer go on better as it can absorb more product
- Relaxes your facial muscles
- Tightens the skin
- Non-invasive, easy to do at home and takes only minutes each day
- Increases blood flow (giving you that glow to your skin)
How to Use the Tools?
The tools that I bought and have been using are these ones, called Multireflex. I am using three tools in total each day and it doesn’t take longer than 6-8 minutes in total. The reason I like these tools is because they offer both a yin and yang approach. Unlike a jade roller which is only a yin tool. When I spoke to Erica (the owner of the reflexology shop) she advised that the reason I want to use both a yin and yang approach is that each offers its own benefits. Specifically, the yin effects are used to hydrate, distribute, cool and stabilize. They are ideal when you want to perform a treatment involving cold or fight pigment concentrations such as spots or beauty marks. Yang tools are used to dry, concentrate, warm and revitalize. They are used them to tone up the flesh, mobilize nutrients and free interrupted energy flows. The specific tools that I bought are numbers 206, 207 and 252. As for how to use them, I would suggest watching the videos from Erica. The tools also come with a reference pamphlet that explain how to use each one. Personally, I found them fairly easy to use and after using them for a few days, I don’t need to look at the pamphlet anymore.
Of course, you could always go out and get a facial reflexology treatment or enrol in the training if you want to learn a lot more. Personally, I have found just understanding the basics and practicing with the tools is enough for me.
Why this is Different Than Using a Dermaroller or Jade Roller:
I am not familiar with a dermaroller but from what I understand it is a bunch of tiny needles all over your face, without supervision. That just sounds super crazy to me. I am sure it has its benefits and could be done correctly, but it doesn’t seem like something I would want to do on myself.
A jade roller is fine, but here is the thing. Most of the jade on the market is fake. Sorry, but you are not going to be able to get a jade roller for like $10, that shit isn’t jade. The larger issue I have with jade is the ethical implications. There are a lot of issues surrounding the mining of jade, specifically in regards to human rights issues. This is one of the reasons that Living Libations told me they don’t use jade and rather they use rose quartz as their stone of choice. And last, jade rollers (or even other crystals) only provide a yin element. This is why all the tools that I bought and have been using have both yin and yang elements.
I have previously written about the ice roller I use and it’s still a decent purchase. But these tools are far more effective.
Facial Reflexology Tools:
Please note that the tools are called Mutlireflex. The tools are hand-crafted and sustainably made in Vietnam. They are created with natural products such as: wood, natural horn (farming cattle at the end of their natural life), stainless steel and polymer (beauty pad). They use natural horn because of its anti-bacterial, anti-septic properties along with its luxury and unique appearance.
You can purchase these tools here.
If you are an aesthetician or want to learn more about how the products work and use them on clients, have a look at the courses that are offered as well. They are offered through the International School of Multireflexology – Dien Chan (EiMDC).
So that concludes my post about facial reflexology, what it is and how it works. I like that it is non-invasive, helps with lymphatic drainage (which means less puffiness) and I can do it myself at home. It’s helped my skin look and feel tighter, less puffy (especially around the eyes) and increased blood flow to my face. My skin appears brighter and I use less products as I find my skin can absorb the product better. And that is always a good thing as I have quite the skincare and beauty addiction.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me! I will do my best to answer them and if I can’t, I will ask Erica (the facial reflexology queen) and let you know.
Are you up to try facial reflexology?
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