Face massage: the secret to aging gracefully
Every day we use almost all our facial muscles in expression of any conscious and unconscious emotions which over time tenses those muscles further and further. The build-up of muscle tension causes a so-called “mask” over our normal, relaxed facial structure. Without even noticing, we tighten up our face muscles to keep our “normal” expression that we’re used to, resisting this “mask". This causes premature wrinkles, slack skin, and changes to contouring.
In addition to being a very relaxing, tranquil experience, face massage has a very positive therapeutic effect on skin and facial muscles in the long run.
Many might believe that as years go by, effects of aging on the skin cannot be helped unless through invasive methods such as Botox and fillers but face massages can have fantastic results naturally and non-invasively. How do the cosmetic and physical results of face massages benefit you and your skin?
Glowing skin:Poor blood flow has associations with many visually-apparent skin problems. The lack of circulation caused slowly by tension in your facial muscles over time can effectively change the tone and shape of your face. The pink hue in your skin is due to the hemoglobin protein in your blood that carries oxygen through your body which gives skin a healthy glow. Due to the lack of oxygen circulating, this can cause skin to appear pale, spotty, and discoloured. In addition, poorly oxygenated blood emphasises dark undereye circles. Face massage helps increase blood flow, creates a brighter skin tone, and prevents negative aging effects on your skin.
Detoxification and healing:
Decreased wrinkles depth, collagen synthesis, strengthening muscles memory:
The fascia is a specialized connective tissue in your body that interpenetrates and surrounds all muscles, bones, nerves, arteries,veins, and organs. It gives functional structure to every tissue and organ assuring the health of the body. It has an ability to adapt to stress. In other words, if we continually frown, fascia adopts and alters the shape of the muscle which we use. Our skin does not adapt to these alterations quickly and maintains its previous form. The extra skin creates folds and wrinkles.
Very gentle massage movements release superficial trapped, “dried-up” fascia muscle tissue which restricts circulation of blood and lymph in order to promote lubrication (our natural hyaluronic acid) and unblocks nutrients flow essential to healthy skin. This ultimately increases collagen and elastin production and leads to softening of fine lines and wrinkles.
Gravity is another constant factor that weighs down your skin and face muscles passively. The lifting of muscles through face massage brings them back up and through muscle memory your muscles become more accustomed to stay up and fight against gravity. Toned and lifted muscles equal tighter skin.
Destressing and relaxation 😌:
- Head and neck tightness
- Jaw pain
- General stress through relaxation
- Even allergies (Increased blood flow increases your body's histamine release which has decongesting ability)
High temperature or fever
Acute inflammation, swelling
Recent ( 6 month) surgery on neck or face
Recent ( 3 weeks ) Botox/ fillers injections
Recent scar tissue
Cuts or open wounds
Hypersensitivity, sunburn, damaged skin
High or low blood pressure
Diabetes (partial contraindication, recommended to have your medication on you , some sweets, crackers etc.)
Cancer, HIV, other medical conditions( please consult your family physician )
Pregnancy (within first 3 month if there is a history of miscarriage( consult your family doctor )
- If you have any doubts please seek the advice of your medical professional.
- 10 min. consultation/ getting comfortable
- Face cleansing and light exfoliation
- 45 min massage starting from the feet, top part of the back, shoulders, neck, décolletage, scalp, face
- 15 min lifting mask