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‘Tis the season for major stress. Here in Chrissy’s Beauty School, we understand that you’ve just about had it with all those papers and can’t even stand the thought of studying for those painful upcoming exams. We know you’re tense and all kinds of stressed, and just need a little escape. So to help you out, we’ve got the perfect, relaxing remedy to give you the relief you’re desperately seeking: a Shiseido facial massage.
 

Now while we can’t pop out of the computer screen and massage your troubles away, we can instruct you on how to do so yourself! And with the help of the experts at Shiseido, you’ll be feeling stress-free before you finish running your endless to-do list through your mind.
 
A few months ago, my life was changed when I got a Shiseido facial massage. Ok so that might sound a little bit dramatic, but it’s true. I stepped into that massage chair totally stressed out and tense—and you could see it in my skin. But after lowering myself into that cushy massage chair, I felt instantly relaxed as soon as the massage began. Now I want to share the pampering love with all of you, so I got some tips from the experts on everything you’ll need to create the perfect Shiseido facial massage at home! Follow these tips and you’ll be saying, “What finals?” before you know it!
 
What’s in it for me?
 
There are many benefits to a facial massage, according to the experts at Shiseido. Here are just a few:
 
Minimizes skin sagging and fine lines. Consider facial massage the exercise for your facial muscles, ladies!
 
Normalizes skin’s moisture balance. What does that mean? It’s simple, really. Facial massages improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture by creating an emollient barrier against evaporation.
 
Releases toxins and impurities. Because a facial massage increases your skin’s temperature, your skin responds by releasing toxins and impurities that stay put when you use other cleansers.
 
Maximizes skin’s radiance. Massage enhances your skin’s circulation, helping create a luminous complexion.
 
Releases tension. Did you know that when you’re stressed out, that the musces in your face contract? No? Well you didn’t’ know that this can result in headaches, eye strain, jaw and neck pain. Massage relaxes muscles, eases built-up tension, and leaves you feeling mentally refreshed.
 
What you’ll need
 
To calm your stressed skin, use Shiseido’s The Skincare Moisture Relaxing Mask massage cream.
 
Some other pampering items from The Skincare line that will leave your skin feeling refreshed are The Skincare Purifying Cleansing Foam
 and The Skincare Cleansing Massage Brush.
 
Instructions
 
Ok ladies, before you begin your facial massage, make sure you’re in a calm, comfortable environment. Start off with a fresh canvas and clean your face. Smooth The Skincare Moisture Relaxing Mask all over your face and fingertips. Apply more cream as needed throughout the massage.
 
Step 1: Forehead Tones muscles to prevent the formation of horizontal lines.
 

 Start at the center of your forehead and gradually move your fingers across the brow in 6 complete circular motions. Repeat this step 3 times then finish by gently pressing the pressure points at your temples for 3 counts. Make sure the pressure you apply feels pleasant and invigorating, and not painful.
 
Step 2: Nose – Prevents the formation of horizontal lines.
 

 Starting from the inner hollow of the eye, slide your fingers downward along the sides of your nose. Use your left hand to massage the right side of your nose and the right hand for the left side. Repeat this 3 times on each side of your nose.  
 
Step 3:Nostrils – Helps unclog pores and prevent blackheads and blemishes.
 
Circle back and forth around your nostrils 6 times.
 
Step 4: Mouth – Minimizes lines around mouth and sagging at lip corners.
 

 Massage along your lower lip,moving outward and upward to lift the cornersof the mouth. Repeat 3 times.
 
Step 5: Cheeks – Helps prevent sagging.
 

 In 6 circular motions, massage outward from the chinto the earlobe, focusingon the jawline. Glide your fingers to the corners of your mouth and massage up to the middle of your ear. Glide again to your nostrils and massage to the temples. Glide back to  your chin and repeat all steps 3 times.
 
Step 6: Eyes – Prevents the formation of wrinkles, sagging, and minimizes dark circles and puffiness.  
 

 Press the pressurepoints just under your brow bone below theinner eyebrows and count to 3. Glide your fingersunder the brow, around and under the eyes,and back to the starting point in 6 counts.Repeat 3 times. On the final count, move
gently over eyelids and press on temples.
 
Step 7: Neck – Prevents the formation of horizontal lines and sagging. Helps ease tension and stiffness at the nape.
 

 Using the palmsof your hands, massage your neck by gentlystroking upward from the collar bone to thebase of the chin. Alternate hands as you movefrom the center to either side with 12 strokesout, then 12 strokes back. Glide lightly at thecenter of the neck and increase pressure asyou move outward.
 
Step 8: Chin – Tones muscles to prevent sagging.
 

 Using your righthand, start at your right ear and grasp your chinbetween your index and middle finger at thejaw, and gently slide your fingers across thelength of your jaw, creating a scissor-like motion. Bend your index finger, placing it under the jaw. Use the side of your index finger and pad of the thumb, massage back to right ear. Repeat with left hand. Repeat entire procedure 6 times.
 
Step 9: Ears – Regulates the body’s overall balance through stimulation of pressure point that send reflexes to other parts of the body.
 

 Counting to 5, massage upward in spiral motions, using the thumb and indexfingers. On the 6th count, slide your thumb down the jaw as close to the ear as possible, and back to the earlobe to stimulate the numerous pressure points in this area. Repeat 3 times.
 

Chrissy Callahan is a double major in journalism and media studies (self-designed) and French and Francophone studies at Brandeis University, graduating December 2010. A Medford, Mass. native, she works in Brandeis' Department of Creative Services, helping edit and maintain the Brandeis website. Before writing and interning for Her Campus, Chrissy was features editor for the student newspaper the Brandeis Hoot for three years. When she's not hard at work, you're most likely going to find Chrissy indulging her passion for shopping, wearing way too much pink, or eating cookie dough ice cream. She also enjoys traveling, and dreams of traveling to Paris frequently for her future career. After graduating, Chrissy hopes to get a job in beauty or fashion journalism.
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