A face with fewer wrinkles is typically considered to be a more youthful-looking face. It’s something that many people desire, especially as they reach middle-age when lines begin to appear. So, what methods are available to reduce wrinkles? The conventional ones are popular, such as cosmetic surgeries or creams that claim to work.
However, there are also alternative or natural ways to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One of these most popular alternative methods is a facial massage.
What Is a Massage?
A massage is a natural or alternative method of treatment that involves physical manipulation of the skin such as rubbing, pressing, and kneading. This kind of manipulation affects the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It reduces tension in the skin and adjoining tissues, improving circulation. The muscles are relaxed and blood flow is improved. Massage also increases the natural oils produced by the skin, making the skin softer.1
What Is Facial Massage?
A facial massage works as an exercise for the facial muscles, making the tissues firmer and bringing blood to the surface and eliminating waste. When performed on a regular basis, improvement in the look and the coloring of a person’s face can occur. A facial massage can also help with reducing stress.2
Can Facial Massage Help Reduce Wrinkles?
When it comes to stopping wrinkles, they are unavoidable facial lines that appear as one gets older. You cannot prevent wrinkles, but you can reduce their appearance. In addition to eating a balanced diet and drinking a sufficient amount of water on a daily basis, a facial massage may be useful because it can restore the natural flexibility that’s lost.
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There are some techniques, such as Japanese Tanaka facial massage, invented by Yukiko Tanaka that have proven to be effective. The process is said to remove wrinkles by stimulating the lymph glands, removing the built-up toxins which are drained through the neck (a lymphatic pathway) and tightening the skin.3,4
Pairing Facial Massage with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
Other natural methods are often combined with facial massage for their healing benefits. Essential oils and aromatherapy, for example, combine well with facial massage because essential oils are healing and soothing for the skin.
Breathing in essential oils benefits the limbic system. There are also positive effects on the nervous system, brain, hormones, blood pressure, and immune system.5
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils during a massage through inhalation. Essential oils are pure, unadulterated oils from plants and herbs. Their use dates back thousands of years to the Egyptians, Greeks, Indians, and Chinese. They were used for a variety of reasons to improve the mind, body and spirit, and they continue to be used today.
When essential oils are massaged onto the skin, they are mixed with a natural carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Examples of essential oils that are suited to combine with facial massage include:
- Carrot Seed Essential Oil – Good for dry, mature, or sun-damaged skin.
- Lavender Essential Oil – Popular oil for dry, oily, acne-prone, and aging skin.
- Lemongrass Essential Oil – Contains regenerative and detoxifying agents.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil – Great for sensitive or oily skin. Contains antibacterial and antifungal properties.6
As mentioned earlier, wrinkles are a natural phenomenon that you cannot control. No treatment can prevent wrinkles. However, there are treatments, both natural and conventional that can help reduce the appearance of lines. The natural method of facial massage has been shown to help. Choose a qualified and licensed massage therapist to administer a facial massage.
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