Today we live in a fast paced world where we want instant results, especially when it comes to our skin. Often times we go with the most active product, or the most intense treatment, in hopes that we will reach our skin care goals as quickly as possible. Many want to be in and out of our facial treatment, on our way back to work, with our face still sizzling after our chemical peel. But we can overlook that we need a little bit of relaxation in our lives, and that facials are a great way to get them.
We tend to look at holistic or “fluff” facials as just that, relaxing but not provide us anything more, all fluff and no action. But that is far from the truth, we can see great results when we stop looking at our skin as the outer shell that covers our muscles and internal organs, and think of it like another organ. Much like building muscle is a process over time. If you put too much weight on a bar all at once you are going to injure yourself. The same is true of your skin. Too much active product too quickly and you can do real damage to your skin. The correct timing of your skin care regime is the real secret to long term success.
Relaxation is important for the skin. Facial massage evens and brightens the complexion, relieves tension, and tones the skin minimizing lines and wrinkles. You can see a transformation and a rejuvenation that is truly remarkable at times. Women release oxytocin in safe, nurturing environments and that one hormone alone can improve her life in a myriad of ways.
When released oxytocin can
- relax the muscles in the body,
reduces levels of cortisol in the body and lowers blood pressure,
improves gut motility and decreases intestinal inflammation
decreases the level of stress hormones
Stimulates the healing factor in the skin
Treating the skin topically can be effective, but that is only one piece of the puzzle. We need to approach the healing process from different angles to maximize long term success. When we are receiving a “feel good” facial, not only are we working to harmonize the skin, increasing blood circulation with massage, tightening and toning the skin with face manipulation, and helping to release oxytocin, we are also more often than not, working on the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system it is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. When flow is obstructed or too slow, lymphatic fluid (lymph) accumulates in the tissue resulting in swelling in the affected area. When fluid builds up in the surrounding tissue it can cause discomfort, puffiness and a dull complexion. Facials help clear these blockages and allow the lymphatic system to drain naturally resulting in:
A beautiful glow to the skin
Smooth away stress and fatigue
Beyond a radiant complexion, lymphatic drainage facials act as a face workout: The massage strengthens your facial muscles, boosts oxygen flow, and releases endorphins. This offsets negative effects of adrenaline, like stress.
When we are stressed, a hormone called cortisol is released, causing many things to occur in our bodies, including accumulating fat, as well as make your skin very dry, oily, wrinkled, or full of acne.Now is the time to address our stress and do something for ourselves. Something to relax us both physically and mentally so that we can diminish our stress in a healthy manner. Facials are one of my favorite ways to take time for myself while achieving the results I want. Bottom line, no two facials are alike, but we shouldn’t assume that just because a relaxing facial is calming to the mind and body, that it isn’t doing something for our skin, and pointing us in the right direction for reaching our skin care goals. An amazing facial, with an amazing esthetician will give your skin new life, and you new energy.