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What is facial massage?
Facial massage has its benefits if done correctly. The science behind the benefits of facial massage hinges on understanding that the face is home to dozens of muscles in addition to blood vessels and lymphatics. Recognizing that tension can be held in these muscles and excess fluid can build up in the skin, massage can help stimulate circulation to assist the drainage of this fluid and decrease tension in the muscles. The outcome if performed correctly is to help tone and tighten the appearance of the facial anatomy.
What are facial massagers?
There is not necessarily one type of device that falls under the category of facial massagers. In evaluating devices, there are manual devices that rely on pressure, temperature and technique and there are electric devices that utilize high frequency vibratory movement and/or microcurrent to work.
What I refer to as ‘mechanical' facial massagers include Jade Rollers, Ice Rollers, and Gua Sha Facial tools. These are simple to use tools that focus on the coolness of the stone or device to help ‘de-puff’ the skin through vasoconstriction. Manual applied pressure and movement of the stone or device helps assist the circulation by focusing on directing drainage of excess fluid in the tissues towards the lymphatics. Understanding this, the key is start central face and work outwards towards the lymphatic vessels with the device.
Electric or battery operated facial massagers can use vibratory movement of the device with or without micro currents to help tone the muscles and stimulate the circulation.