Try This On Yo’ Face! Tanaka Facial Massage

Monday January 12, 2015 | Beauty Skin Care Wellness

Here is a beauty practice that doesn’t require spending any money.

Facial massage is an ancient technique that has a rational basis behind its application.

Adding facial massage to your daily beauty routine can help with the following:

- Drain lymphatic fluids
- Improve circulation
- Tone facial muscles

Thus helping to reduce puffiness, lift the sagging of the jowls, and reduce the formation of wrinkles on your face!

yukoku

The Tanaka Technique

The method I use is the Tanaka facial massage, which was created by Japanese makeup artist Yukuku Tanaka.

You can learn the Tanaka technique by watching these videos:

Tanaka Face Massage – Part 1
Tanaka Face Massage – Part 2
Tanaka Face Massage – Part 3
Tanaka Face Massage – Part 4

Although there are many of the Tanaka massage videos floating around on YouTube, I wanted to give a shoutout of thanks to Stephanie of Epic Beauty Guide who took on the the task of translating the videos into English.

If you watch the videos, there are some things that you may notice:

  • The massage is done according to a very specific sequence
  • Getting the right amount of pressure is important, “between pain and comfort”
  • For the sake of symmetry, always do to one side exactly what you did to the other
  • Yukuku Tanaka looks like a stern-faced Michael Jackson

Why I Think It Works

The reason for following the sequence according to the instructions and applying the proper amount of pressure is in order to facilitate the drainage of lymphatic fluids from your face.

Look at this illustration of the human anatomy:

lymph

[Henry Gray (1825–1861).  Anatomy of the Human Body.  1918. Source.]

Isn’t it beautiful?!

Ok, it may not be the most up to date illustration of the lymphatic system. But you get the idea.

There are lymph nodes in front of your ears, behind your ears, around your mouth, under your jaw line and down along your neck.

The movements of the Tanaka massage follow a path that hits the superficial nodes (the ones close to the surface of the skin) and moves the fluid down towards your chest.

Now you should be aware that lymphatic massage is a method that was developed and is used for people with lymphatic issues. It hasn’t been scientifically studied for its anti-aging benefits.

But personally, I do the massages on a regular basis and I’ve noticed that my jowls, which were starting to sag a bit, look better.

Also, if you suffer from puffiness because of allergies and sinus issues (like me), the massage can certainly help to reduce puffiness.

tanaka

How Often To Do This

Although the massage can be done safely every day, I do this about three times a week.

Usually it’s while I’m performing my nighttime routing using a creamy cleanser (like the sweet Aloree cleansing milk) or when I’m applying my nighttime moisturizer.

If your skin responds well to natural oils, then I would recommend using sweet almond oil or coconut oil.

Some words of caution

It’s very important to follow the sequence as shown in the video. If you don’t do it properly, it can lead to facial sagging.

Always keep symmetry in mind.

Also, it’s important to apply the proper amount of pressure so you are massaging the muscles and not just tugging at the skin.

If you are concerned about pulling the skin around the eyes, try applying pressure with the pads of your fingers on the space between your eye and brow bone. It will have the same effect of draining fluids and reducing puffy eyes.

And one last thing: if your skin is prone to acne, you may want to slowly try out the massage.

If it’s leading to more breakouts, I would suggest stopping or reducing the amount of time that you perform the massage.

In Closing…

No matter your age, I hope you bring the practice of facial massage into your life.

It can be a very relaxing and pleasant addition to your nightly or morning routine :)

And do let us know how it works for you!

And Onward We Go!

Friday January 2, 2015 | Lifestyle Musings

wedding collage

2014 was a lovingly wrapped parcel of a year.

So many wonderful things happened. Not just in terms of experiences and reaching new milestones in my life.

What I’m talking about is my soul.

I’ve made peace. With who I am and who I’m not.

So what if I’m not the adventurous astronaut or the illustrious opera singer that I dreamt I would be when I was a teenager (no for real, these were actually some of my fantasies).

You know what? Whatever.

Life opened different paths for me and filled them with delightful surprises.

I like where I’ve come from. And I like where I’m going.

And here’s the thing…

You’ve got to learn to enjoy the sweet and simple things in life.

Because before you know it, it’ll all be over :)

home collage

So to sum up 2014, here are some of the things that happened:

  • Started a new job with a non-profit organization whose mission really fits with my own personal values
  • Resumed the habit of recording my dreams immediately after waking up
  • Gave up a vice that I’d been trying to kick for over a decade
  • Put together a fun DIY wedding at the beach
  • Got married! To a lovely boy named Oliver who henceforth will be known as my forever and ever
  • Moved into a sunny apartment in San Francisco. And it’s only a ten-minute walk to the beach
  • Really digging this sea-dwelling lifestyle
  • Learned to surf! Currently saving up money for a wetsuit and a beginner’s board
  • Quality time spent with friends who are scattered around the country
  • A road trip to L.A. with one of my best friends and it was a blast
  • Two trips to Mexico in the month of November
  • Met new people and made wonderful new friends
  • Got a juicer and am loving it!
  • Finally saved up enough money for a camera upgrade
  • Finally feeling at home in this part of San Francisco where the air tastes of fresh saltwater and the sound of foghorns is my lullaby
  • Finally feeling settled down after living nomadically for so many years (I still miss you, Paris…)

In 2015, I am working on making the following things happen:

  • A trip to Japan!
  • Getting to know my new camera and developing my photography skillzz
  • Making a short stop-motion film with Oliver
  • Getting more social
  • Throwing at least two dinner parties (where I’m actually the one cooking)
  • Not freaking out when I turn 30 this year!
  • Procuring a bicycle
  • Riding said bicycle to work
  • Meditating more regularly
  • Doing market research for Ziba
  • Revamping the blog and online shop
  • Participating in at least two pop-up shops for Ziba
  • Writing more!
  • Surfing more!

I was just looking at a wishlist I created a year and a half ago for my 28th birthday.

And gosh! It’s really amazing how many things on that list have come true!

But there are still some things that haven’t happened. Like neglecting this blog and my business plans.

But cut a girl some slack because life happens. That’s what new years are for.

So I’m just gonna pick up right where I left off.

And you, my pet. What are some of your best memories from last year and what are your hopes for 2015?

Much love
xoxo

 

A Touch Of Éclat! Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer – By Terry

Sunday September 28, 2014 | Beauty Makeup Product Reviews

Having dark under-eye circles is honestly something I try not to be too bothered about.

A lot of different factors can cause dark under eye circles (see post Dark Eyes Can Be Mysterious).

It can be a combination of dehydration, excessive sun exposure, sinus congestion from cold and allergies, adrenal fatigue, aging, genetics, or just plain old lack of sleep.

In my case, there really isn’t much I can do about it.

I’m certain now that my raccoon eyes are aggravated symptoms of my allergies.

Allergies to my cat.

The cat of my life

Oh, what cruel irony!

I love my cat dearly and would never dream of banishing the darling frou frou from my life.

But my allergies do cause me quite a lot of grief.

So it has to be that crazy cat lady is my name and concealing with great makeup is the game.

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer – By Terry.

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

This is a concealer highlighter that’s made in the same mold as the iconic YSL Touche Éclat.

It so happens that Terry de Gunzburg, founder of By Terry, was the very same creator behind the Touche Éclat.

Éclat means bright in french and is a word aptly used as both concealers do a fantastic job of brightening the skin.

There are six colors in the Touch Expert line.

I use color #3, a light beige with an apricot tint.

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

The texture comes out a light liquid cream and when blended gives a smooth satin finish.

The formula provides long-lasting medium coverage that is unfortunately not buildable. So don’t look to this for covering up super dark blemishes.

Honestly, I love the Touch Expert more for its brightening effect.

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

It makes my skin look so healthy and dewy!

I also like how it feels comfortably moisturizing. That’s the hyaluronic acid in the formula, which serves to plumpen and hydrate the skin.

The resulting look is luminous, natural and effortless.

The application, however, is another story…

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

First of all, the brush and clicker thingy is a bit daft.

I never know how many clicks it takes or how long I have to hold it down until some of the brown liquid oozes to the tip of the brush.

The liquid dries fast, so you have to blend quickly. And it does tend to settle on the fine creases.

The small compact brush is not like a paint brush that you use to apply makeup in sweeping strokes.

It is useful for dabbing a bit of the liquid onto hard-to-get-to corners of the eyes and right up under the lash line.

Swatch Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

A bit is key.

Apply the concealer first on the back of your hand in order to get the amount right so you’re not dabbing on globs of it to your eye.

And then blend in by tapping with the pad of your little finger.

Swatch Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

So to summarize…

Pros:

– Blends wonderfully
– Long-lasting
– Luminous, natural dewy finish (love, love, love!)
– Easy to apply on hard to get to corners of the eyes
– Hydrating formula

Cons:

– The stupid clicker thingy
– Coverage is not buildable
– Dries fast, blend quickly or else
– It settles on the creases (not too cakey tho)

Conclusion: This is really more of a highlighter that gives a fresh and radiant effect especially noticeable in photos. In the world of concealers however, this is not the holy grail.

How Much: $46.50

Would I buy this product again: Maybe. If there was a really big sale on it :)