Getting professional facial treatments are incredible for achieving your skin goals, but as we know they can be quite expensive and not accessible or affordable for everyone. The main aspect of a facial treatment besides using modalities, performing extractions and resurfacing the skin is massage. Facial massage is extremely beneficial for optimal skin health and appearance. The main goals of facial massage are to drain tension and fluid from under the skin, slow down the aging process, wake up the face, increase the benefits of your skincare products and to promote healthier skin.
Think about when you want to tone your body and stay healthy you go exercise at the gym. Well, think of facial massage as the workout for your face! It also can help relieve facial pain from knots under the skin, just like when you go for a body massage to achieve the same goal. It stimulates blood flow to allow lymphatic drainage to release toxins out from under the skin. The easiest and most enjoyable way to massage the face at home is with beauty tools like our white jade roller and white jade gua sha. You'll need some assistance in getting your tools to glide evenly across your whole face. This is where our S.O.S facial oil comes in.
Facial oils not only lubricate the face properly for a facial massage, but our oil is packed with good-for-you ingredients that can further deposit nourishment into your skin's barrier. (Also keep in mind that all skin types—yes, including oilier types—can benefit from using face oil.)
The unique mineral makeup of white jade makes it great for stimulating blood circulation while oxygenating the skin. Resulting in smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, relieving puffiness under the eyes, stimulating collagen production, and strengthening the skin tissue.
MASSAGE BENEFITS EXPLAINED
1. Lymphatic Drainage
The lymphatic system is a crucial part of your immune system. Through a network of hundreds of lymph nodes, it drains fluid called lymph to be transported back into your bloodstream. When there’s any kind of obstruction in your lymphatic system, fluid can start to build up. That’s where lymphatic drainage massage therapy comes in.
This gentle massage targets the lymph nodes and drains away toxins, encouraging your lymphatic system to deliver fresh nutrients to your cells. The result is a more sculpted jawline, depuffed face, and glowing complexion that can help with improved firmness, lack of sallowness, and plumpness over time.
2. Releasing Toxins
Internal stressors and environmental aggressors can cause toxins to build up underneath our skin contributing to breakouts, puffiness, and fine lines. Facial massage kick starts lymphatic drainage to increase blood flow to the skin. Revealing that glow from within while flushing out waste and toxins to keep your skin fresh and clean, both inside and out.
3. Product Absorption
Just slapping on your skincare products may be the "quickest" way to get your morning routine going in a hurry, but this facial massage shouldn't take more than a few minutes. You can multitask even while making your morning tea or coffee to always make time for self care. Massaging your products in will allow those ingredients to drive deeper into your skin. This not only makes your skin look and feel better in the moment, but also long term as well. Those extra 2 minutes per day will keep your skin's appearance healthier/younger longer (just think about that).
Remember don't forget your neck, it needs just as much love as your face! :)
4. Toning Facial Muscles
We carry a lot of stress and tension in our face (especially from this past year or two). We are also naturally very expressive when communicating, unless you've had botox. Both of these result in tensing our face causing wrinkles over time commonly on the forehead, eye area and nasolabial folds (smile line area). A couple minutes of face massaging at the end of the day helps release that tension. Always remember to use lifting movements up, especially along the neck and jawline area to keep your skin tight and toned. The goal is to have your skin bounce right back when you pinch your cheek. This means your skin has great collagen and elastin while looking tight and toned. If you only massage down (except when draining lymph in lymphatic drainage massage) you are going with gravity accelerating skin to sag.
5. Boosting Circulation
Just like running and exercising- the movement of a quick facial massage sends a surge of blood to oxygenate the skin. Oxygenating your skin is the process of delivering oxygen directly into it- in this case through massage. The extra oxygen in your skin increases cell turnover and circulation which then increases the absorption of other skincare ingredients. The increase of skin cell turnover means you are speeding up the rate in which your dead skin cells shed (yes, like a snake I know that's what you're thinking) to not only reveal glowing healthy skin, but to age slower as well.
6. Relaxation, ahhhh.
I think this one is pretty self explanatory, but its quite amazing how little we dedicate time for ourselves to relax. As we get older, it can be pretty hard finding time in the day to do so, but I am telling you now that these 5 minutes per day can seriously change your mood. Skincare benefits aside, facial massage relieves emotional tension as well as it calms muscle tension, especially when you start off the day with a quick facial massage using a soothing, luxurious facial oil.
You may be wondering if there are any side effects or contraindications to facial massage and the answer is yes and no. There are no known side effects of facial massage. However, the contraindications for facial massage are botox or fillers in the last 14 days, recent chemical peel, laser treatment, on accutane, active severe grade 4 cystic acne, or open facial wounds.
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