Facial massage: what you need to know and why you should be doing it
Facial massage is a physical therapy tool which promises to alter facial contours by means of increasing muscle tone, and facial volume by promoting muscular hypertrophy, and preventing muscle loss due to ageing or facial paralysis. Facial toning and exercise is therefore in part a technique to achieve facial rejuvenation by reducing wrinkles, sagging and expression marks on the face and skin.
The muscles on the face start going south, just like everything else. We have to keep it fit. So, we use current to stimulate the muscle, starting low then increasing gradually until you have the firmness you would like
Our electronic face massager is a less expensive alternative to invasive treatments like Botox, laser resurfacing, fat injections and plastic surgery. Moreover, facial massage from a professional can range from about $80 to $150 depending on where you live, and who you go to...And remember, most professionals recommend 10 sessions minimum to get ANY results.
THE EVIDENCE SUPPORTING FACIAL MASSAGE
Nishimura and colleagues performed 3D‐CT imaging to investigate effectiveness fo facial massage. 3D‐CT imaging is useful for objective evaluation of the effects of facial massage, including anatomical changes i subcutaneous fat tissues and facial expression muscles. They found that facial massage successfully induced changes of subcutaneous fat tissues and facial expression muscles.
THE SCIENCE OF MUSCLE TONING
On your face, a complex mass of sinew and muscles, is hidden beneath our well-looked after skin. Not pretty, but like any other part of the body, as with your desk-ravaged shoulders and back, this complex system of muscles holds stress and tension. Sometimes a face cream just doesn’t cut it when it comes to your facial anatomy.
The basic concept is that massage of the muscles works to stimulates circulation, improve blood flow which in turn brightens and firms skin. It is also said to aid cell turnover and remove any trapped fluid, AKA puffiness, and toxins that might have pooled under the surface. All of this equates to a very good looking complexion.
You can have good muscle tone at any age, if you put in the effort. Look at this photo of 80 year old body builder Ernestine Shepherd below! If you don't use it, you "lose" it. So make sure you keep performing facial massage so you stimulate your muscles.
WHAT ARE MICRO-CURRENTS?
The latest technology in facial massagers is the innovative use of micro-currents. Micro-current facial massaging technology involves the use of electric currents to stimulate the skin on the face.
Micro-current technology has been used medically since the 1980s, approved by the FDA as a muscle stimulator to treat Bell's palsy and muscle paralysis. After noticing improved results in patients with atrophied, sagging facial muscles, micro-current was then adopted as an anti-aging tool.
HOW TO USE A FACIAL MASSAGER
At the moisturising stage of your skin routine, get a small amount of product and rub between your fingers. The aim is to really work what’s beneath the skin. Too much product, and your fingers slip over the sweet spots without getting the work done. Use oil-free products so the facial massager machine can work effectively. Use the machine in an upwards motion.
If you've had fillers or Botox, you should wait two weeks for it to settle before getting a facial.
Our advanced facial massage device that helps improve facial contour, tone, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Results are cumulative with increasing treatments so use the facial toning massage device everyday for 5 minutes after you moisturise.
On the other hand together with the LED Red light technology, it helps promote blood circulation and stimulate collagen growth.
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Nishimura, H., Okuda, I., Kunizawa, N., Inoue, T., Nakajima, Y., & Amano, S. (2017). Analysis of morphological changes after facial massage by a novel approach using three-dimensional computed tomography. Skin Research and Technology, 23(3), 369-375.