Having someone stick their fingers inside your mouth and vigorously massage the inside of your face isn’t the kind of facial that’ll put you to sleep. I've never had a facial like it, but as someone who loves a good, firm massage, I dug it a lot.
The massage portion of my facial lasted around five to 10 minutes. Loneragan’s movements were firm, and she specifically focused on the areas either side of the mouth that can give the face a downwards, sad appearance.
Her fingers got into crevices of the face I didn't even know I had.
Does the Inner Facial hurt? A bit. You are having the tension in your face muscles physically broken down, after all.
It got fairly uncomfortable when the fingers massaged right into the corners of the mouth where it connects to the jaw, but no more uncomfortable than going to the dentist. For context, I've had painful laser wearing numbing cream and this facial massage didn't come close to that.
Here are a few of my 'before and after' photos of me looking like a plump, juicy glace cherry.
My skin felt warm, tight and sore for a few hours after the treatment, and I noticed my jawline looked a touch more snatched when I woke up the next morning.
That said, it's important to note: I'm 28 and have chubby, collagen-filled cheeks, so I don't fit into the typical demographic for this treatment.
While anyone can benefit from facial massage, those aged 35+ will see more dramatic results. Even more so if you have experienced volume loss in the lower half of your face.
How to Massage Your Own Face.
Want to give inner facial massage a go at home? Joss is all for it. She even posts video tutorials on her Instagram account weekly.
"They're definitely not the moves I do in clinic, but there are a few moves that everyone can do that will help to ease the pressure inside the mouth, lift the cheekbone and soften the jawline."
For a simple at-home move, Joss suggested massaging the masseter cheek muscles with "big circular movements from the inside".