Article contributed by author Shannon L. Brophy, a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician.
Picture yourself on an island.
Sunshine, perfect warmth, palms waving ever-so-slightly in a nice breeze, the light scent of tropical flowers, the sound of waves crashing on the sand and yourself, lying on a massage table while an expert masseuse works out the cares of the world that have built up in your muscles over time.
Who wouldn't love a massage like that every now and then?
Many of us associate massage with pure leisure, decadent luxury and relaxation.
But massage is so much more than that!
Massage has many benefits for the entire body:
And that's just to name a few benefits!
Massage has also been shown to improve muscle tone. This is true for the face as well as the body. Facial massage can greatly improve the signs of skin aging.
Though it may be difficult to find time in one's schedule or budget to regularly include massages and facials; some techniques are simple enough to be done at home, especially on the face.
A facial massage can be easily incorporated into a regular skin care routine and takes just minutes a day.
While cleansing the skin and/or applying a moisturizer the following manipulations can be used to boost the benefits of normal skin care regimens.
The facial massage techniques should be done using light to moderate pressure and the complete set should be done consecutively about 3Xs each day.
The skin near the eyes is particularly delicate, so light pressure should always be used there. A good idea is to use the ring fingers around the eyes since these fingers tend to have less strength than the fore and middle fingers.
As I mentioned above, best skin care regimens use these manipulations daily while cleansing the face and/or applying moisturizer.
This easy do-it-yourself skin beauty tip is a great, no-cost addition to daily skin care regimens. Facial massage takes just a few extra moments a day, but the advantages are far-reaching; especially over time.
Use a clinically proven anti-aging product with skin-firming, antioxidant or anti-aging qualities such as Vitamin C, retinol, hyaluronic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, Coenzyme Q10, or Vitamin E.
The most beneficial anti-aging skin care regimens incorporate a variety of active rejuvenation ingredients on a daily basis. The more proactive your routine, the better the results.
Shannon L. Brody is a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician and has practiced in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas as well as in Soldotna, Alaska where she currently lives with her husband. They are expecting their first baby at the beginning of September.
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