Known for its effectiveness as a beauty treatment, facial massage also has an abundance of other health benefits. Here are the top eight…
1. Stress relief and mood booster
Body massages are widely known for their stress reducing capabilities, but a rub down on your face is also just as effective. Stress and anxiety will often cause our facial muscles to tense and over time this will not only have a detrimental effect on our mood and appearance but can cause facial aches and pains. The face is filled with different pressure points and just by stimulating these through soft strokes, tension can be relieved and your mood instantly lifted.
2. Natural facelift
As well as being a natural way to relieve stress, facial massages are also a natural beauty treatment. Facial massage stimulates the production of collagen and blood in the skin. Therefore regular sessions will work to tighten and lift your facial muscles, helping to prevent sagging and giving you a more youthful glow. A wonderful holistic alternative to invasive cosmetic treatments!
3. Increases circulation
The application of too many cosmetics, smoking, air travel and lack of sleep can all affect the circulation in our faces causing them to become puffy and look pale. Facial massage is a great way to increase blood flow and help eliminate that puffiness. By stimulating the lymphatic system that lies just underneath the skin, excess fluid can be worked out and increase the flow of oxygenated blood and nutrients.
4. Relieves inflamed skin conditions
Facial massage can greatly benefit inflamed skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. Light manipulation on the skin increases blood flow and oxygen which is needed for healing, plus it helps to expel toxins that are often responsible for breakouts. Sessions should be short however – no more than 10 minutes – as with conditions such as acne, there is always a risk of cross-contamination and overstimulation.
5. Relieves headaches
Tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches can all be relieved through facial massage therapy. By stimulating pressure points on the face, tension and stress can be worked out helping to ease symptoms. Taking time out to have a massage will also decrease the frequency of headaches as stress is often a contributing factor.
6. Curb sinus congestion
Facial massage can do wonders for relieving sinus and nasal congestion, often caused by allergies. Gentle pressure and warmth from hands can help to break up the buildup of mucus in the sinus cavities and stimulate our natural drainage system allowing for better sinus function.
7. Removes impurities and toxins
Regular facial massages can help remove toxins not just from the face but from the body too. Lymph nodes are located all over the face, particularly along the edge of the chin and jawline. Stimulating these areas through soft strokes will kick start the lymphatic system – which is essential for overall health – and move impurities and toxins into the blood quicker so they can be eliminated from the body.
8. Prevents wrinkles
Wrinkles are unavoidable as we get older but frequent tension and involuntary tightening in the face caused by daily stress can advance their development. Facial massages will help relax these tight and drawn muscles, minimising the lines they form and helping you to remain looking youthful for longer. Regular sessions combined with a hydrating moisturiser will also help lessen the formation of wrinkles.