With almost 40 years experience in the Beauty industry, April Brodie is the founder of premium skin clinic Beaute: The Facial Destination, and Australia’s leading integrated facialist specialising in Gua Sha and Buccal Facial.
In an exclusive visit to her luxurious Beauty suite, a group of our Beauty Therapy students got the opportunity to watch her practise her craft and learn the art of Buccal Facial directly from the master herself. Beauty student Deannise shares with us the valuable knowledge she learnt from the masterclass.
So what is Buccal Facial?
Known as Meghan Markle’s favourite facial at times, a Buccal massage is a facial treatment that includes a rub-down reaching the inside of your mouth. It also involves kneading of your facial muscles, cheeks and jaw to improve tension, circulation and skin rejuvenation.
The massage therapist will start by wearing clean disposable gloves and applying massage facial cream to the face to make it easier to massage. The pressure will then gradually build up from light to extremely firm. While the pressure can be hurtful, it is necessary for the technique, which is meant to knead all the facial muscles from outside and inside the mouth.
What are the benefits of the Buccal Massage?
Buccal Face Massage has a range of benefits, such as:
- De-puffs the face
- Jaw tension and stress relief
- Alleviates migraines and headaches
- Contours and sculpts the face
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Stimulates the lymphatic system
After the masterclass, Deannise understands that building up stamina and strength is the key to carrying out the treatment effortlessly, and thus the key to mastering the Buccal Facial. Learning personally from Buccal Facial specialists, notably attending an in-person session, is also an important part of the experience.
Beauty students have to learn how to really approach and make the client comfortable during the experience, as putting hands on and in their mouth can feel invasive for the client. To this, Deannise feels that having a professional and approachable persona would help the clients feel at ease during the treatment.
From the whole experience, Deannise also learns the importance of marketing your business and yourself as a Beauty Therapist, as she finds the way April builds her business and portrays/markets herself as an expert facialist to be impressive.
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