Updated: Apr 22
Who Doesn't, Right?
Even though it still feels like Winter, March is actually just around the corner. That’s right, the official start of Spring is next week. But if you’ve been hiding yourself indoors wearing roll-neck wooly jumpers for months, what better time to make some “skinvestments” to make sure we ditch the winter dull, and get glowing into Spring.
But if I told you that you could get firmer, brighter skin in less than a week without needles, expensive treatments, or possibly even without additional skincare products, would you believe me? Well you should. Because just by doing this practice once or twice a day, for a few minutes at a time, this is exactly what you should get! Read on to find out how.
The Answer… Facial Massage!
Facial massage is one of the most beneficial things you can do to improve your complexion and skin. Manipulation of the tissues and muscles in the face through rolling, rubbing, or tapping can lead to some remarkable changes in the condition and look of your skin.
It can be performed manually with your hands and fingers, or with facial tools such as gua sha boards and facial rollers. So there’s absolutely no need to invest in extra tools, unless you want to. Apart from lubricating your skin with a face oil or a slippy moisturiser, the only real investment you need to make to perform facial massage is that of time and effort. When facial massage is done well, the results are instantaneous. When it’s done consistently well, the results get even better!
The amazing benefits of facial massage can be attributed to the increased blood flow to the surface of the skin, and to the drainage of lymphatic fluid from the skin’s cells. Now here’s where things could get a bit technical, but we’ll try to keep that to a minimum!
Improved Blood Circulation
When the tissues are manipulated during the massage, nerve responses and the heat generated causes blood vessels in the skin to dilate, and more nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood flows to the surface layers of the skin.
Improved Lymphatic Drainage
Do you ever wake up with a puffy, swollen face? Well, the issue here is that your tissues and the facial area of your lymphatic system are holding too much waste fluid. The lymphatic system protects us from infection, and helps rid the body’s tissues of waste. But it doesn’t have a central pump like the circulatory system (which has the heart), and so it relies on muscle movement or manipulation to keep that waste flowing.
When you don’t move or manipulate tissues, waste fluid builds up, and the skin ends up looking swollen, stretched, and dull. Massage helps to move this waste fluid from the tissues into the lymphatic system (lymph fluid), and then from the lymphatic system into the circulatory system, to be excreted by the liver and kidneys.
But What Are The Actual Benefits of Facial Massage?
So, what does all this mean for your skin? The increase in the flow of blood and lymph in the circulatory and lymphatic systems leads to:
· less swollen tissues, giving a tighter appearance
· improved waste removal, which brightens the complexion
· more oxygen and nutrients delivered to the skin cells, which again brightens the complexion
· more toned facial muscles, which offers more support to the skin – less sagging and wrinkling
As well as these skin benefits, facial massage can also:
· relieve tension in muscles, relaxing facial expressions and relieving facial pain
· provide relief from congested sinuses
If you perform facial massage correctly, twice daily, for just a few minutes each time, you will almost certainly achieve firmer and brighter skin, in just 7 days.
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