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The Complete Guide to Facial Tapping

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Facial tapping, or finger-tapping acupressure, is a technique rooted in ancient Eastern medicine, used to relieve stress and anxiety. This practice involves gently tapping or massaging certain points on the face to boost circulation, reduce tension, and revitalize the skin. Due to those benefits, it's gaining attention in today's skincare - and for a good reason. Today we're talking in-depth about facial tapping benefits, what does science say about it, and bringing you ideas on how to incorporate it in your skincare routine at home.  

Facial Tapping Acupressure Origins

Acupressure, also known as skin tapping or face tapping, is a holistic healing practice originating from traditional Chinese medicine. From the holistic side, by stimulating acupressure points on the face with the fingertips of specialized tools (such as massagers), we aim to release blockages in the body's energy pathways, known as meridians, and restore the natural flow of Qi (life force energy). This harmonization of energy is believed to promote physical and emotional well-being.  

The Science Behind Facial Tapping

While the ancient roots of facial acupressure may be steeped in tradition, modern science is more about revealing its physiological benefits. Studies suggest that gentle tapping or massaging of the face can stimulate blood circulation, improve lymph flow, and promote collagen production


The reason behind this is simple: stress hormones break down collagen, which is in charge of keeping your skin elastic and looking youthful, and facial tapping triggers the release of endorphins, neurotransmitters that promote relaxation and reduce stress levels, meaning you're helping your collagen production. This is essential for maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin and can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness.   

Benefits for Skin 

Aside from collagen production, finger-tapping acupressure offers other benefits for skin health, making it a great addition to your skincare routine. By improving blood circulation and lymphatic flow, facial tapping helps deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells while removing toxins and waste products. 


This increased circulation can result in a brighter, more radiant complexion and reduced under-eye puffiness and dark circles. Furthermore, the gentle pressure applied during facial tapping can help relax facial muscles. Since tension in facial muscles can contribute to wrinkles and fine lines, relaxing these muscles may lead to smoother-looking skin.  

Incorporating Facial Tapping into Your Routine

Incorporating facial tapping into your daily routine is simple and can give you amazing results for both your skin and overall well-being. The best way to begin is by familiarizing yourself with key acupressure points on the face, such as the temples, brow bone, and under-eye area. Applying pressure to these points using gentle tapping or massaging motions while focusing on deep, mindful breathing.  

Facial Tapping Device

An even simpler way is using a device based on traditional finger-tapping acupressure. FOREO IRIS™ 2 rejuvenating eye massager is specifically designed to massage the delicate eye area. Featuring gentle tapping movements and soothing vibrations, IRIS™ 2 helps improve blood circulation around the eyes, reduce puffiness, and diminish signs of fatigue. By mimicking finger-tapping lymphatic drainage techniques, blood and oxygen flow are increased. 


Additionally, T-Sonic™ massage gently pulsates and helps reduce eye strain and relieve dry, tired eyes while reducing puffiness and the appearance of dark circles. It's ergonomic design and customizable settings make it easy to incorporate into your skincare routine, whether as part of your morning ritual or an evening wind-down. A gif showing FOREO IRIS 2 eye massager in mint color IRIS™ 2 is clinically proven to reduce dark circles by 70%.

Benefits of IRIS™ 2 Eye Massager

Reduces Dark Circles and Under-Eye Bags

As we grow older, the membrane that’s supposed to hold back the fatty tissue protecting our eyes inside our eye sockets gets thinner and thinner, causing the fat to push forward—resulting in puffy eyes, dark circles, and bags under our eyes. The gentle tapping movements of IRIS™ 2 help to improve blood circulation and lymphatic flow, reducing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. Based on third-party clinical trials, acupressure reduces dark circles by 70%.

Smooths Fine Lines

When directed onto the eye area, T-Sonic™ pulsations help relax eye muscles and improve blood flow. This helps relieve tired, strained eyes and reduces crow's feet and fine lines by 43% - smoothing the overall eye contour by 80% (and that's clinically proven!).

Relieves Eye Strain and Fatigue 

The finger-tapping acupressure feature can help to relax the muscles around the eyes, reducing eye strain and fatigue caused by prolonged screen time or reading.

Improves Skin Elasticity 

The tapping motions of IRIS™  2 rejuvenating eye massager can also help to stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area.

Enhances Relaxation

The gentle and soothing massage promotes relaxation, reducing stress and tension in the eye area and the whole body. Based on third-party clinical trials, it’s more effective at smoothing eye contour by 80%.

Convenient and Easy to Use 

IRIS™ 2 eye massager is compact and easy to use - making it a convenient and effective way to incorporate finger-tapping acupressure into your daily routine.  

Embracing the Beauty of Balance Within

Beyond its physical benefits, facial tapping acupressure offers a gateway to inner harmony and emotional peace. As we connect with the energy pathways of the face, we get a sense of deeper awareness of our body's natural rhythms and its needs. Each gentle tap serves as a reminder to pause, breathe, and reconnect with the present moment - the most important moment we have. 


In conclusion, facial tapping acupressure is a holistic approach to skincare and well-being, which, by harnessing the power of gentle tapping movements and ancient healing techniques, can improve our skin, reduce stress, and restore inner harmony. Whether you're seeking to diminish wrinkles, improve skin tone, or simply indulge in a moment of self-care, facial tapping offers a pathway to radiant skin and a more balanced life.  

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