Everyone knows that a full body massage has amazing effects on your mind and body – but what about a facial massage? Is it just a relaxing part of every facial treatment, or does a facial massage have benefits all of its own?
Massage gives your facial muscles a workout
You know that your body needs to be regularly exercised to keep the muscles supple, but what about your facial muscles? Yes, they also need a fitness regime, and no, opening your mouth to add
food doesn’t count as a workout. Regular exercise in the form of a facial massage will help tone those muscles and keep your face looking younger for longer.
Any kind of massage helps to relieve tension
If you’re feeling stressed, the muscles on your face can tense up in the same way as your shoulders hunch and your neck aches. On top of the stress, this can also lead to wrinkles, so you need to counteract it before the tension takes hold and starts to show on your face. Regular massage relieves the build-up of tension in facial muscles. If your skin is oily and prone to acne, a ten minute facial massage will be perfect (you don’t want to stimulate too much oil production) but for normal to dry skin up to 20 minutes is ideal. It’s very relaxing, too, which is just what you need when you’re stressed out.
It increases circulation
When you’ve hurt your back or shoulder, a massage is an ideal way to get the blood circulation going, and it promotes healing too. The same applies to a facial massage. Your face muscles need
looking after and will appreciate a decent massage even if you haven’t overdone it in the same way you might do with your sore calf muscles or shoulders. Having a good massage on your face will help to increase the blood and oxygen flow to skin and muscles, plumping everything up and giving you a younger, more radiant glow.
It gives you a natural facelift
Massage increases the blood flow and oxygen to the area, rejuvenating your whole face. It follows that having regular facial massages can naturally (and very pleasurably) give you a younger looking face. Oxygen is known to be a natural form of anti-aging skin care, and better blood flow has the effect of also increasing collagen production, giving you a naturally healthy glow.
It will help your skincare products sink into your skin
When you spend money on good quality skincare treatments, it’s always good to know that they are having an effect. You can increase the effects of your home skincare preparations too, with a little help from a good massage.
The increase blood flow improves skin texture, so carry on the good work at home whenever you carry out your daily cleansing routines. Just cleanse your skin as normal, and then apply a serum and moisturizer with a gentle tapping motion. The massaging action really does help skincare products absorb more easily into your skin.
What more reason do you need to invest in a relaxing, anti-aging facial massage?
You’ll look younger!
Depending on the condition of your skin, your age, skin care goals and budget, regular facial treatments—that incorporate some form of muscle stimulation through massage—work in combination with daily skin care to improve the overall appearance of your skin: anywhere from once a month (for normal to dry skin) to every two weeks (for combination or acne-prone skin) is recommended.
If you’re new to waxing, going straight for a Brazilian bikini wax is quite a step; most people dip their toes in with a basic bikini wax first and then try a Brazilian.
According to one study from a few years ago, most women between 18 and 49 remove some or all of their pubic hair. A 2013 study from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas found that only 8.6 per cent of women from the ages of between 16 to 40 had never groomed their pubic hair at all, although most women said they shaved with a razor, trimmed with scissors, or used hair removal cream, 16 per cent of people said they waxed.
Why women remove their hair
Most women just like the way it looks – we groom everywhere else so why not our pubic hair? Most women say they prefer a neater, cleaner look.
Many women love their Brazilian waxes, and although yes, they hurt a bit and yes, if you’re not used to having your most intimate areas out for inspection it can feel awkward, once you’ve seen the results you’ll be hooked.
Top tips for breezing a Brazilian
You might feel a little apprehensive at first but don’t worry, your esthetician will put you at ease and answer any questions you might have. Before you start, tell the therapist if you are worried, have any sensitivities or are especially ticklish – they can keep that in mind once you’re being waxed.
It’s always going to feel awkward at first; you’re showing your nether regions to a stranger (or you might know the esthetician which could be even more awkward depending on your perspective) but you can't get around that. Try to relax.
Before your appointment
Wear Comfy Clothes
Wear something that’s loose-fitting for a waxing appointment as your skin will probably feel more sensitive than usual afterwards, which could be irritating if you’re wearing tight clothes. Underwear wise – avoid thongs because of wax residue, and opt for loose, comfy and not your favourites.
Do you need painkillers?
Some people swear by taking a pain killer about an hour or so before a waxing – something like Tylenol might help. Some people don’t bother with any pain relief – it’s your choice. See how you go, you might want to try it the first time and then realise it really wasn’t so bad.
What if you get your period?
It’s not a great idea to get a wax on your period – not just because it makes things more awkward for the esthetician, but also because it tends to hurt more. You're more sensitive when you're on your period and with the best intentions it can still get a bit messy sometimes.
Take it easy after you’ve had a wax and try to avoid doing any workouts or activity that might get you sweaty. It’s not a good idea to sweat too much after a wax, so for a day or so afterwards you have an excuse for missing the gym.
Avoid in-grown hairs by exfoliating after the wax as well as before. You can try using a body scrub from the drugstore that has beads in it, just anything that has a bit of an exfoliating effect.
If you don’t already (we’re sure you do) make sure that you keep the area clean and fresh after the wax, to avoid a build-up of dead skin, and get rid of any waxy residue from the treatment.
Beauty has always been my passion, and as a licensed esthetician, I know that true beauty comes from the inside. I use products that are organic and natural, because I believe that what we put on the outside affects us on the inside. I also choose products that are cruelty free and I have vegan options as well... because, animals deserve our love and respect.