I Had the Wild 'Inner Facial' Celebs Love for an Instant Face Lift, but Does It Work?

Amy Clark Inner FacialAmy Clark Inner Facial

It's not everyday you have a stranger massage the inside of your face, but that's exactly what I did not too long ago.

Why? Because according to celebrity facialist Nichola Joss, Meghan Markle does it. And Margot Robbie. And Kate Moss. And now, me.

This very specialised, very hectic facial treatment is called the 'Inner Facial' and I'll tell you now, it's not for the faint-hearted.

Hang on, what the heck is an inner facial, you ask? And what can it do for my face?

All great questions, which is why we spoke to Joss herself on the Beauty IQ Uncensored podcast to find out everything you need to know. (You can listen to the episode below!)

Plus, keep scrolling for my recap of what it's actually like to have your face massaged through your mouth.

*Warning: Highly attractive selfies ahead.

What is an Inner Facial?

The Inner Facial is a facial massage technique pioneered by Joss that involves having your face massaged from the inside.

It is as bizarre as it sounds, but this intra oral technique is all about massaging the muscles in our face that can become stiff or hold tension over time.

"My whole ethos is about massage and making the facial structure look better with massage... but it's quite invasive, let's be honest," Joss told Hannah and Jo on the Beauty IQ Uncensored podcast.

"Coming from a biology background and having done all that schooling, I understand how the body works, so I really manged to discover where the muscles were that hold tension inside the mouth.

"By using gloves and my index finger, and going in there very gently manipulating the muscle tissue, especially around the jawline and under the cheekbone, it kind of lifts the muscle internally and removes that deepest point of tension."

Joss spent years training in Indonesia and honing her Inner Facial technique on her sisters, mum and close friends. Now, it's what she's known for around the world, and why celebs keep coming back.

You can watch me explain things in more detail in my Inner Facial YouTube video below!

Face Massage Benefits.

According to Joss, the benefits of face massage range from looking younger to relieving chronic pain.

"You hold all of your emotional stress and tension around your mouth area and along the jawline, and I don't know anyone who doesn't have some sort of emotional stress in their lives," she said.

"When you hold tension and stress in your muscles, that can cause ageing and toxins to be held. When we massage the muscles, we remove all that. From years and years of doing massage, I realised we actually needed to get to those internal muscles."

Here's a rundown of some of the benefits of the Inner Facial:

  • Improved skin texture and refining of the pores.

  • Lifted appearance of the jawline and cheekbones.

  • Improved contours of the face by removing stress and tension from the muscle tissues and muscle memory.

  • Lymphatic drainage - removes puffiness and sluggishness, resets the endocrine system and boosts the immune system.

  • Pain relief for those struggling with TMJ or headache/migraine pain.

Inner Facial Face Massage Review.

OK cool, but what does it actually feel like to have the inside of your face massaged?

In late 2019 before coronavirus changed everything, I saw Sydney-based skin therapist and The Dermal Diary founder Isabella Loneragan to have their signature Intrinsic Facial.

This facial includes what they call IntraOral facial sculpting (also known as Buccal Massage) - Loneragan is one of only a handful of therapists in Australia practising this specialised facial massage technique.

And as Joss herself said, it's bloody hectic. See?

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.

Amy Clark Inner Facial BeforeAmy Clark Inner Facial Before

Amy Clark Inner Facial AfterAmy Clark Inner Facial After

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".

Best Face Massage Tools.

Joss also reckons gua shas and face rollers are phenomenal, so much so, her team use them in their treatments.

She added, "I've been using a jade roller for about 25 years. These are tools that are really great to help define the contours of your face, remove tension and give a sense of calmness."

As for which tool you should use, Joss has a helpful guide.

To contour and de-puff your face in the morning, use a rose quartz tool like the SALT BY HENDRIX Rose Quartz Face Roller and SALT BY HENDRIX Rose Quartz Love Gua Sha because "rose connects to your heart and opens up your energies to get your body ready for the day."

At night, pick a jade tool like the SALT BY HENDRIX Jade Face Roller to "pull your energy back into your heart and close your system down."

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'll go massage my face.

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