A leading celebrity facialist has revealed the benefits of facial massage, and why you need to try an ‘inner facial’ if you want a Hollywood glow.
Nichola revealed that the secret to perfect skin is massaging the inside of your mouth with your index finger and thumb in surgical gloves, as this helps to tone the face and improve its overall structure.
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A leading celebrity facialist has revealed the benefits of facial massage, and why you need to try an ‘inner facial’ if you want a Hollywood glow (Nichola Joss pictured)
British expert Nichola Joss has looked after some of the biggest names in the business in the past, including Meghan Markle before her wedding day (pictured at her wedding in 2018)
Nichola also counts the likes of Australian actress Margot Robbie among her high-profile clients (pictured)
Nichola revealed that the secret to perfect skin is massaging the inside of your mouth with your index finger and thumb in surgical gloves, as this helps to tone the face (pictured)
What is an ‘inner facial’?
* An inner facial involves massage from inside the mouth to de-stress the muscle tissue and improve the tone and firmness of the facial muscles to add youth and vitality.
* It involves looking at the tone texture and condition of your skin and addressing sagging muscles through deep lymphatic massage and contouring techniques.
* Prices start from $363 at Nichola’s studio.
Source: Nichola Joss
‘My whole ethos is about massage and making the facial structure look better, but from years and years of doing massage, I realised we need to get to those internal muscles as they are the ones where you can remove stress and tension and make yourself look younger,’ Nichola told the Adore Beauty podcast.
An ‘inner facial’ also helps to work the lymphatic system and ‘drain’ any puffiness or sluggishness from your face.
Nichola explained that she first found out that working the inner contours of the face can help the skin years ago, when she was working with a massage therapist in Indonesia.
‘I have a biology background and have always been interested in how the body works,’ she said.
When working with the therapist, Nichola discovered that the muscles that hold a lot of our tension are in the mouth, and so she started ‘donning gloves’ and using her index finger to ‘gently manipulate the muscle around the jawline and chin’.
‘I played with my sister and my mum and my really good girlfriends for a period to figure this out,’ she told the podcast hosts.
She then decided to incorporate it into beauty, with her facial treatments in London.
Isabella Lonergan at The Dermal Diary is the only clinic in Australia that offers something like Nichola’s inner facial, though Nichola is the founder.
An ‘inner facial’ also helps to work the lymphatic system and ‘drain’ any puffiness or sluggishness from your face to give a youthful glow, Nichola (pictured) said
Clients including Millie Mackintosh (pictured) are fans of the ‘inner facial’, which Nichola said you can try at home with the right tools and approach
What are the benefits of an ‘inner facial’?
* De-stresses the muscle tissue
* Removes tension and congestion
* Gets rid of puffiness and fluid retention
* Sculpts the face and improves facial contours
* Improves the facial muscle strength
* Improves circulation
* Benefits skin’s overall vitality
Source: Nichola Joss
For those who want to try an ‘inner facial’ at home, Nichola said it’s easy, provided you know what to do.
‘Put some surgical gloves on, and place your thumb and index finger inside your mouth, putting your index finger on your cheek to go around the full contour of the cheek up to the nose,’ she said.
Nichola explained that our cheek contours are like a ‘big curve’ or a C shape, and by going around the edges, you will be releasing a lot of tension.
She also recommends simply massaging the cheek muscle on the inside with your fingers, which helps to plump out the skin, reduce puffiness and get rid of congestion.
But it’s not just inner massage that Nichola swears by.
The celebrity facialist also said she loves to massage the outside of the face with the likes of jade rollers and Gua Sha tools – which are smooth-edged instruments designed to be swept over the contours of the face.
‘I think gua sha is phenomenal,’ Nichola said.
She uses rose quartz in the morning and jade each night.
What is the exact technique to get a Hollywood glow?
1. Put some surgical gloves on to your hands.
2. Place your thumb and inside finger inside your mouth, with your index finger on your cheek and your thumb there to guide you.
3. Slowly and carefully, go around the full contour of the cheek from the jaw up close to the nose.
4. Follow the contour of the cheek, which should follow a big curve or C shape to release tension in the cheek.
5. Massage the cheek muscle on the inside to plump out the skin.
The celebrity facialist (pictured) also said she loves to massage the outside of the face with the likes of jade rollers and Gua Sha tools – which are smooth-edged instruments designed to be swept over the contours of the face
Finally, Nichola touched on the exercises you can do between your facials to improve the results and keep your complexion looking youthful and plump.
She recommends over-exaggerating and almost ‘singing’ the vowels into a mirror, as this helps to exercise the facial muscles and drain the lymphatic system.
‘I learned this from an actor, but when you say vowels, it uses every muscle in the cheekbone down to your chest,’ Nichola said.
She sometimes stands in front of the mirror in the morning and says each of the vowels A, E, I, O and U to help to work out her face.
Nichola has many tips she recommends to clients including Margot Robbie (pictured), including plenty of sleep, a double cleanse and leaving time between applying your skincare
Nichola previously shared some of her top skincare tips with MailOnline, revealing that alongside facial massage, she swears by plenty of water and a double cleanse.
What are Nichola’s top skincare tips?
* Do some form of facial massage every single day.
* Drink plenty of water, at least two litres daily.
* Double cleanse every evening to remove makeup and pollutants.
* Sleep 7-8 hours each night and grab a power nap whenever you can.
* Allow time between applying your skincare products. You could put on your actives and serums when you first get home and are cooking and your oils just before bed.
The expert extolled the benefits of sleep for the skin:
Sleep can be underrated when it comes to its impact on the appearance of your skin,’ she told MailOnline.
When you’re in bed your skin is rejuvenating itself.
‘Our hectic lifestyles mean that getting a full eight hours every night can often be unrealistic, but there’s no shame in grabbing a power nap whenever you get a moment. Every minute of shut eye will make a difference.’
She also said you need to allow enough time between the various skincare stages in your morning and evening routine, in order to make sure they are all doing their jobs.
‘It’s imperative to break your skincare regime up into stages,’ Nichola explained.
‘As soon as you get home, the first thing you must do is remove the grime and pollution, then allow your skin to optimise the heavy-working products like anti-ageing products.
‘Do those first steps very early in the evening and leave for at least three to four hours.
‘If they’re working throughout the early evening while you’re cooking or watching TV, they can work quite freely and you’re still active and moving therefore your blood is circulating quite highly. That helps the function which helps efficacy of the product.
‘And then, when you put an oil on at bedtime, because you’ve given these products time to work, it traps those products skin-deep so it keeps them working.’