How massage can help you look younger

Skincare isn’t the first thing that immediately jumps to mind when you go and get a massage, right? Usually relaxation, stress relief and releasing every day general tension from your body are the main reasons I see clients on my massage table day after day. 

But, massage can do so much more than that. 

In fact – it CAN make you look younger. 

Don’t believe me? Let me prove it.

1 – It stimulates blood flow

Massage therapists bang on and on about how massage can improve your blood flow and stimulate your muscles. What it means for you is that your muscles and your skin get new blood cells which carry fresh nutrients and oxygen to the area. 

The more fresh blood you get to the area = the healthier the muscle and skin become. 

The healthier the muscles and skin = the better they look.

2 – It reduces toxins and water in your face

Face feeling a bit puffy? Breakouts worse than usual this month? Massage not only stimulates blood flow, it also helps the body to remove the toxins and drain excess fluid away from the muscles and towards the nodes in your body that help dispose of this waste. 

One of the best tools that I’ve seen used for this is the Gua Sha. It’s become more and more popular in celebrity culture recently, with the likes of Courtney Cox using a Jade Roller (similar to a Gua Sha) in a restaurant. Strange place to do it if you ask me, but a great daily practice to build into your skincare routine if you find puffiness, blotches or breakouts your nemesis. 

3 – The oil applied is deeply nourishing

I know there is a common misconception that oil applied to your skin can make it even oilier. But – providing you don’t slather on the stuff – your skin actually absorbs all the good nutrients oil provides, slipping straight into your bloodstream and nourishing your skin. In fact this process happens within thirty seconds.

Jojoba oil, for example, is great if you suffer from particularly dry or super absorbent skin as it’s slightly thicker compared to grapeseed or sweet almond oil. Macadamia oil is better for slightly weathered or older skin, as it’s more nourishing for thinner skin. Apricot kernel oil is great for anyone living in the UK, seeing as we all pretty much suffer from a vitamin D deficiency over here!

Don’t even get me started on adding essential oils to help with burns, scarring, stretch marks and so much more…I could (and probably will) do another blog on that at another time.

We know how beneficial things like facials, deramrollers and exfoliation are. But even massage by itself is incredibly effective at improving the quality and youthfulness of your skin.

Remember, your skin is the largest organ in your body.

It absorbs what you put onto it as much as your digestive system absorbs nutrients. 

It reacts to how you treat it, touch it. 

Take care of it, and you’ll look younger.

Ali x

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