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Monday, February 20, 2012

Facials: The Many Benefits...

The 7 Golden Rules of Facial Care: How marvelous it is to look in the mirror and see a healthy, radiant glow emanating from your reflection. The secrets to a vibrant complexion lie in the golden rules of facial care. 

They include (1) focusing on proper skin care (cleanse, tone, moisturize topically, massage and protect), (2) enhancing proper circulation, (3) enjoying adequate sleep, (4) following a nutritious diet and taking supplements, (5) avoiding toxins, (6) keeping negative stressors to a minimum, and (7) receiving regular facial massage sessions. These are key ingredients for maintaining a vibrant, glowing complexion.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS - Facial massage reduces the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles; relaxes the face; calms the nervous system; diminishes tension headaches; stimulates circulation; assists in reducing sinus congestion; helps the skin absorb hydrating lotions; accelerates the lymphatic flow; and nourishes, hydrates, detoxifies, and tones the skin.

MENTAL BENEFITS - Facial massage assists in mental relaxation, enhances the capacity for calm thinking, redirects the focus of attention from stress and worry to relaxation, rejuvenation, and refreshment. Excess cortisol created by stress harms collagen and elastin production, thus making stress one of the major causes of premature aging. What are the benefits of receiving facial massage as part of your self-nurturing and ongoing well-being? The benefits are three-fold: physical, mental, and emotional.

EMOTIONAL BENEFITS - Facial massage calms emotional activity and contributes to a feeling of relaxation. It creates a feeling of well-being, reduces levels of anxiety, restores energy by stimulating blood flow, increases awareness of the mind-body connection, and satisfies the need for caring and nurturing touch. What can you do to maintain healthy skin in-between facial massage sessions? It is essential to give your skin daily attention. 

Suggestions for nurturing self-care between facial massage sessions include: drinking more pure water (think of it as moisturizing your skin from the inside out); using sun protection; managing stress; scheduling sufficient sleep; easing up on alcohol, caffeine and sugar; eating a well balanced diet; taking daily supplements; exercising regularly; eliminating smoking; changing your pillowcase often; avoiding touching your face; and cleansing your face before going to bed.