Like all other forms of massage, facial massage relieves tension, relaxes and reminds energy to your face and body by stimulating circulation.
What are the effects on your face?
When you wake up in the morning, you may notice that the skin is swollen and paler than the night before. This is because during sleep, the circulation in the body is slowed, which means less blood irrigates the face. A regular facial massage is a very good way to restore blood flow and restore skin’s radiance and health. Regular facial massages also help tighten and lift facial muscles, giving the skin a more youthful appearance. No wonder it’s called an anti-aging treatment.
Massage has been used to heal for a long time. It has been mentioned that regular facial massages can make the skin young, softer, firmer and more beautiful. Massage does this because it relaxes tension, makes wrinkles less noticeable, stimulates blood circulation, tightens facial muscles, rebalances hydration, reduces impurities and toxins and increases skin radiance.
How to prepare the massage?
Facial massages can be practiced at home or are offered in spa centers. The first step of a facial massage is to clean face thoroughly and remove all makeup. A good deep cleansing and the skin will be exfoliated, thus removing dead cells from the face. Usually, the physiotherapist applies to the face a little lotion.
The moisturizer or oil will be absorbed by the skin during the massage. It’s important because thanks to the oil, the skin becomes a smooth surface that lends itself to massage, so fingers do not pull or stretch the skin.
In general, pure vegetable oil or nut oil is suitable for a facial massage. Pure vegetable massage oil provides great hydration to the skin and its effects last a long time because it is absorbed more slowly, without clogging pores. Different skin types are suitable for different types of oils. Very dry skin will benefit most from vegetable oils, which are rich in saturated fatty acids. These are thicker oils, which are absorbed more slowly and maintain hydration. Oily skin needs oils that contain polyunsaturated fats, which are finer oils absorbed more quickly by the skin. Sometimes you don’t need oil at all when the client has very oily skin.
An ordinary facial massage session does not last long. No more than 20 minutes usually. Massages that are too long or too frequent can stretch or lengthen facial muscles. People with sensitive skin should be treated with special care.
The physiotherapist places the patient on his electric massage table, then massages the face with small touches. Never exert particularly strong pressure in the neck area. The massager stimulates circulation and reduces facial tension by working gently on the different parts of the face. Focus on the forehead and nose to make horizontal wrinkles less visible. The nostrils are massaged to unclog pores and prevent stains.
The area around the eyes is massaged to reduce wrinkles and bags under the eyes. We focus on the chin and neck to increase muscle tone and avoid sagging skin and thus prevent the development of a double chin, feared by all. Finally the ears are gently massaged and pulled as they contain pressure points that stimulate other parts of the body. The movement of the fingers is always upward.
Regular facial massage will help keep your skin young and firm. And the fact that it is relaxing and pleasant should finish convincing you to try it.
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