What is the actual point of facial massage? I hear often that clients just want to get in and get the skin job done without all the fluff... what if I told you the fluff had more benefits than you might think...
I have talked about Self Care over and over again on my IG stories. We live in a world of chaos and we all need that little something that gets us through our days. For some; it's a glass of wine after a stressful day at the office, a quick gym trip to pump some iron... and for some it's a relaxing facial or full body deep tissue massage. (to me, that sounds more stressful but you do you boo)
. What if I surprised you and said there are more benefits to a facial massage than just a little needed needed R+R?
To understand this theory we need to go a little further back in time. Facials became popular during the Elizabethan Era. In the 1500's, Pale skin was a sign of power and wealth (for once I am winning with the pale skin! HA!). Women would go to extremes to ensure their skin wasn't touched by the sun so they would create their own (very dangerous I might add) paste to keep their skin fair.
As time progressed, so did the modalities and reasons for maintaining youth. The invention of the first stamp pen - what we now know is dermal rolling AKA Microneedling was invented in the early 1900's by a German Dermatologist named Ernst Kromayer. How microneedling came to be seems a little barbaric but that subject is for another day....
Today, we are focused on facial massage and the benefits of facial massage that you may or may not be aware of.
Lets get straight into it!
5. We already know any type of massage is wonderful for relaxation. It helps to relieve emotional tension and to help calm the muscles down.
4. Facial Massage helps your skincare products to absorb into the skin so you get the most benefit out of all your homecare.
3. It boosts circulation! and why is that important you might ask? Well, our entire body is set up for circulation... whenever you feel slightly stagnant you feel puffy... and facial massage does exactly that... it helps to move the stagnation for better circulation so the next time your undereyes feel a little beefy, give a gentle tap along your orbital bone to help move it around, or you can purchase a jade roller!
2. Releases Toxins. Your skin is an external organ and is constantly trying to release toxins, we do this by sweating, drinking water, sauna but also by stimulation - so that Gua Sha video you are watching on IG is actually doing something and so is that facial massage. Many estheticians will use helpful tools like Gua Sha, Jade Rollers, Facial Cupping or even their fingers to help move along your lymphatic system. Less toxins = less puffiness, less breakouts and BOOSTS collagen.
1. Removes tension! no wonder we are spending millions of dollars each year on Botox! because humans are under a lot of stress from their every day lives. We end up making faces like Brit Brit.
Facial massage can easily be done at home, but 10/10 times I have discovered we are not really great at self care unless someone else is self caring for us.
At Gingery Esthetic, I love to include a 15-20 minute facial massage in every service including the neck and décolleté (and as long as time permits). I encourage you to take that time for yourself and to stay grounded in the service. Your skin will thank you for it.
In the meantime, I want to encourage you to give yourself a little facial massage just as you're cleansing your skin every AM/PM. Do this at least twice this week and let me know how you feel about it.
Give your epidermis a little extra love this week.