On a recent trip to the grocery store, I was stopped by a lady who complimented me on my braids and how my skin glowed. As someone who gets body massages regularly (yes, I need them too!), it was a good feeling to know that my facials were finally paying off! Like many, I would only get facials whenever I had a breakout or when I wanted to treat myself every once in a while but the truth is you should get facials at least once a month. Now before you jump to conclusions, we know facials can be costly BUT the good news is that you can also do them at home by yourself too! Below I've highlighted some of the benefits of facial massages.
Anti-aging and wrinkles
One of the main benefits of facial massage is its ability to improve the overall appearance of your skin. A study in 2017 by Trusted Source examined the effectiveness of facial massage that included a stimulation massage device. Participants used an anti-aging device and cream on their face and neck for 8 weeks. Upon completion of the trial period, improvements were seen in wrinkles, skin sagging, and texture. There are so many facial massage tools from jade rollers, gua sha stones to fancier devices like NuFace (btw, there's one on sale at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale), it just comes down to your budget.
Manage Scar Tissue
If you have a facial scar that's in the healing process, massage can be extremely beneficial. Massaging the scar tissue and the surrounding area will help increase blood flow, loosen up any scar tissue, and flatten any raised bumps. It also helps relieve symptoms such as pain, itchiness, and tenderness. Just please be gentle when massaging and consider adding a cream, serum, or your favorite face oil to help your fingers glide and not pull or tear any skin.
Skin Blood Flow
Using a facial massage roller has a positive effect on skin blood flow, which may help improve the appearance of the skin. According to a small study in 2018, people who had a 5-minute facial with a massage roller had increased blood flow to the area for at least 10 minutes after the massage. After 5 weeks of massage, blood flow response to heat was significantly improved.
By doing regular facial massages will help reduce the buildup of dead skin cells ultimately giving you a more youthful glow. It improves overall health and wellness by improving circulation and relaxing your body during the process. The results are tightened pores, smoother skin texture, and overall brightness.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Lastly, with the right massage oil and technique, a facial massage will also leave your skin feeling nourished, hydrated and smooth. Moisturizing your skin will prevent any fine lines and wrinkles. Oh, and don't forget to put on SPF!