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Meghan Markle’s go-to facial involves inner-mouth massage

Meghan got the wacky facial just before her wedding day.
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Meghan Markle is often the subject of public attention. Whether it’s her relationship with Harry, or standing in the Royal Family, one cannot deny the impact she has had on modern media.

While she’s settled back into her American lifestyle with her husband and two kids Lilibet and Archie, she occasionally makes the public appearance or two. And each time, she looks flawless

Whether it’s her blushed cheeks, windswept hair, or glowing skin, her styling is consistently on-point. Her secret, you ask? She gets IntraOral facials.

WATCH: Meghan Markle’s favourite facial. Article continues after video.

While it sounds crazy, the facial itself may shock you even more. Otherwise known as the Buccal facial, the treatment is performed by placing fingers both inside and outside the mouth and massaging. 

Wacky as it may be, there’s a reason so many celebs love this facial – it works! 

With the purpose of stimulating lymphatic flow, by releasing deep tension in the face, clients experience a tighter, more lifted appearance as a result.

Think buccal fat removalwithout the surgery.

To give us some insight into the treatment, we spoke with Melbourne and Sydney-based facialist April Brodie. Offering the treatment herself, she testifies to its effectiveness. 

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Meghan Markle is said to be a fan of Nichola Joss’ Bespoke Sculpting Inner Facial. (Credit: Getty)

What is a Buccal facial?

“The Buccal facial, or IntraOral facial, is a strange and wonderful treatment involving massaging inside the mouth. The benefits of Buccal massage not only include stimulation of lymphatic and blood flow, but enhanced collagen and elastin production, the release of blocked energy in the body and the natural nourishment of the skin and a dramatic tightening and lifting of muscles as well,” the Australian facialist said.

Said to relieve muscular pain in the jaw and visually lift cheekbones “2cm higher” the facial places fingers both inside and outside the mouth, where the treatment provider “can access the muscles and fascia much more significantly and precisely than we can by massaging on the surface alone”.

“The technique involves massaging nearly all 42 muscles of the face. By working on the muscle fibres, we can create a lifting effect, manually sculpting and working the muscles and fascia that have become lax and sagged over time, or tight and stiffened by clenching,” April continued.

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Meghan is rumoured to have received the treatment before her wedding day. (Credit: Getty)

Meghan Markle’s Buccal facial

Meghan herself is said to visit British facialist Nichola Joss for her signature ‘Bespoke Sculpting Inner Facial’. Rumoured to have received the treatment before her wedding day, the Duchess’ picture-perfect bridal look certainly points to this suggestion.

“Meghan is of total body wellness and grew up with a Mother who is a yoga instructor – It is only natural she would see the benefits as it is like yoga for your face. It’s non-surgical and fits with her health and wellness ethos,” April said.

“The camera never lies, when the muscle tension has released, the lift in cheekbones looks incredible.”

What happens during a Buccal facial?

Describing her own offering, the Buccal Fusion Facial, April says she combines multiple massage techniques: lymphatic drainage, Gua sha, and LED light therapy.

“By placing fingers both inside and outside the mouth, we can access the muscles and fascia much more significantly and precisely than we can by massaging on the surface alone.”

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Gua sha can also be implemented in the muscle-stimulating facials. (Credit: Instagram/April Brodie)

How frequently should one receive a Buccal facial?

According to April, clients should receive the treatment monthly. The face is said to appear visibly lifted after the third treatment.

To prolong results at home, she recommends maintaining a good working posture, release of the neck with Gua sha, regular yoga, and taking the time to massage in your skincare. 

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