Is Acupressure the Secret to a Glowing Complexion?

Encourage blood to the skin.

A complexion that looks fresh and radiant is always the dream, and sometimes lotions and creams can only do so much. But, what if we told you that you already have the answer to a glowing complexion in your hands—and that it's free? You can use your fingers to apply pressure to specific points in a practice known as acupressure. Quite literally, all you need is your hands to activate your complexion glow.

What is Acupressure Massage?

First, it's important to know that even the most basic of facial massages can help boost your glow. Massage amps up circulation and when fresh blood is flowing, skin gets a healthy flush. The exercises below are featured in the book Glow 15 by Naomi Whittel. Whittle worked with a Japanese beauty guru to come up with these easy-to-do moves.

"Acupressure and acupuncture both help increase cutaneous blood flow—supplying blood to the skin—and increase lymphatic drainage," says Dendy Engelman, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City.

"This leads to increased oxygen and nutrient delivery to the skin and helps detoxify [the] skin as well. Think, more of the good, less of the bad, with the end result being healthier looking, glowing skin."

For each of these at-home massages, use your index or pointer fingers to apply pressure for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat three times per week.

Third Eye Point

The third eye point is located directly between your eyebrows—at the point where the bridge of your nose meets the center of your forehead. The massage stimulates the main endocrine gland, the pituitary, which is said to help enhance the overall appearance of your skin.

Glow 15 Third Eye Point
Third Eye Point

Four Whites

The four white points—the name of this point in acupuncture and accupressure—are near the top of your cheekbone—about a finger's width below the eye socket—and in line with the center of your iris. Massaging this area is said to help alleviate blemishes. Avoid heavy pressure too close to your eyes to avoid causing sagging or wrinkles.

Glow 15 Four Whites
Four Whites

Facial Beauty

For an all-over glow, massage with your fingers about a finger's length directly below your pupils. Align yourself slightly outside your nostril flare. This massage is said to help improve circulation, reduce swelling, and get rid of blemishes.

Glow 15 Facial Beauty
Facial Beauty

Wind Screen

The wind screen is the spot located at the indentation directly behind your ear lobe. It is easiest to feel for this point if you open your mouth and feel for the indentation between your ear and jaw. Massage at this point is believed to help balance your thyroid gland and increase the skin's radiance.

Glow 15 Wind Screen
Wind Screen


Acupressure uses light massage to encourage blood circulation to the skin. Avoid using heavy pressure and massage using only your fingertips. These movements are a great addition to your home facial routine. If you give these moves a try, you may notice a difference in your skin from the circulation boost.

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