3 surprising health benefits of facials
Facials are beauty treatments for your skin that address conditions such as aging, fine lines/wrinkles, acne and acne scars. Rebekah Hunt, skin health professional at Revive Spa and Skincare, shares that facials offer the well-known benefits of healthy, youthful and rejuvenated skin. This healthy skin is promoted through the exfoliation and hydration provided with most facial treatments.
While facials offer exfoliation and hydration that contribute to overall skin health, here are three more surprising health benefits making them exceedingly more popular in recent years:
Relieves stress - Technically, a facial is a "facial massage." Body massage has always been known as a great way to relieve stress and help you relax because of positive psychological and physiological effects. Little research had been done on facial massage until a groundbreaking 2008 study published in the Journal of Biomedical Research revealed that facial massage -- like with a facial treatment -- significantly decreases anxiety and negative mood and increases sympathetic nervous activity -providing strong, beneficial effects of stress alleviation and psychological relaxation.
Reduces congestion - When you experience sinus or nasal congestion, you may notice relief when you apply pressure or massage around the congested area. During a facial massage, the muscles relax and the lymph nodes are stimulated to open and encourage lymphatic flow and stagnant fluid drainage. This drainage is often what is needed to remove congestive material and alleviate sinus irritation.
Promotes circulation - Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so if you have poor circulation, it shows up in dull, pale or discolored skin. The circulatory system carries nutrients (oxygen, vitamins and minerals) throughout the body while simultaneously removing byproducts/waste. One way to improve circulation is exercise - another is massage. A study by the University of Illinois at Chicago found massage therapy improves general blood flow and massage is a standard part of a facial treatment. So a facial = circulation = healthy, vibrant skin.
Revive Spa and Skincare offers a variety of facial treatments ranging from the traditional European facial to the more elaborate HydraFacial with an assortment of add-on options.