Many think that a facial massage is really unnecessary and a complete waste of time. Surprisingly, it is not just men who are of this opinion because there are young women who agree. However, when you look at your reflection in the mirror when you awake in the morning, your face might not agree!
Have you ever wondered why your face appears puffy in the morning? Well, it has to do with what occurs in the body while we sleep. For one thing, the heart rate actually slows down and this results in the blood circulation to slow as well. Circulation brings oxygen rich blood to the skin by way of the lymph glands. It also helps to drain toxins from the body. Of course, other factors can also result in a slow circulation, such as:
- Not getting enough exercise
- Not following a healthy and balanced diet
Doing a facial massage helps to stimulate the flow of blood to the skin, thereby ensuring that it receives the oxygen that it needs. This helps to give the skin its glow. The skin has three layers:
- The epidermis (topmost layer)
- The dermis
- The hypodermis
Of course the skin has a number of functions beside the obvious, which is to keep everything that should be on the inside, inside the body! But it is also important because it protects us from infections and injuries, as well as helping to regulate the temperature of the body, and provides us with the ability to feel sensations. The epidermis allows water evaporation. The cells in the epidermis are forever being renewed while the old, dead cells drop off.
Unlike the epidermis, the dermis contains collagen, elastin, nerves, blood vessels, and even sweat and sebaceous glands. It is in the final layer of the skin, the hypodermis, that we find fatty tissue. There is a high moisture content in this layer.
With age the skin is affected in a number of ways. Skin cells that used to live about 100 days when you were a kid will only make it to about 48 once you’re all grown up. The layers change, the elastin and collagen levels decrease, and much of the moisture is lost. This is when we see creases, lines, wrinkles, etc. forming in the skin. However, for the vast majority, these naturally occurring changes are exacerbated by outside influences as well, such as:
- Sun exposure (the sun’s UV rays are responsible for much of the skin damage that we sustain).
- Alcohol consumption
- Other pollutants
- Incorrect diet
A face massage can cause damage if you apply too much pressure. Knowing where and how to massage is important, but so is using the right products on your skin. Remember that what you apply to the surface is absorbed into the body. Therefore you need a product range that does not contain toxins or irritants but is comprised entirely of 100% active natural ingredients, such as the skincare range you can enjoy from Xtend-Life. All their products are tested and safe to use on the skin. Xtend-Life’s products also do not contain artificial preservatives, fragrances, or colorants. They have been developed after many years of research and are guaranteed to help your skin appear and feel healthier, younger, and more vibrant. Your facial massage, coupled with Xtend-Life’s products will ensure that your skin looks and feels better than it ever has before.