Britta Plug, the writer of one article, explains:
“Let’s clarify: I am not anti-Botox on principle alone. I just think that there are more natural methods which people might choose over injectables if they knew they had a good alternative. I have been firsthand with the ways we can work with the skin with such renewed look in mind.”
When we take a look at what skin aging actually is from Eastern perspectives, it is a slowing down of circulation of blood, otherwise known as “life force.” When we age, it is a slowing in the circulation of nutrient-rich blood and detoxifying lymph and increasingly sluggish skin-cell turnover.
In those two ways, the skin also becomes more “stagnant”. When it is used for longer periods of time without a break, Botox decreases flow in the face even more by immobilizing the facial muscles. With long-term use, the deadened facial muscles may atrophy, which can take on a gray, as well as lifeless pallor.
– Facial care with cumulative benefits
“I am most interested in sustainable skin-care practices with cumulative benefits rather than quick fixes with some long-term cumulative damage. I aim to bring life, as well as vitality, and nutrients with some way of increased circulation. In addition, I would also like to release any blockages in the muscles, skin, and fascia which are preventing optimal circulation and release tension which we do not have to carry with us. When we release tension and restore optimal circulation, deep lines can soften, skin becomes rosy and plump again, and worry and strain can melt from the face.”
So, this can, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, give the effect of Botox with glowing skin, as well as improved texture and more plumpness, but it actually imparts much deeper healing. The benefits of this work reflect a feeling of well-being throughout our nervous system and psyche and being seen and felt in the face, much like bodywork.
– Foam rolling for your face
A gentle roll of course. There exist two main points of tension that we aim to loosen and move. The first one is superficial fascia, and the second one is lymph. Lymph is a highly underrated circulatory system in our body, and it has the responsibility to detoxify waste from the skin on a cellular level, additionally to its many, many other functions. When we hold the tension in the muscles, as well as the fascia, lymph cannot move freely or do its job of clearing out waste from the tissue. The result of poor lymph flow can also present as dull skin, accumulation of blackheads and milia, and stubborn hyperpigmentation, just to name a few of them.
Superficial fascia is also the layer of connective tissue which is right under the skin on the face. It also acts as the support, as well as infrastructure for your skin and is responsible for giving it lift and tone. Also, it can carry a lot of tension and adhesions which restrict circulation of blood and lymph. If you have sometimes used a foam roller on tight legs, think of how much softer one leg will feel after rolling when it is compared to the unrolled leg. Foam rolling is actually a form of self-administered myofascial release, and that is what we actually want to do for the face.
Sports with the most tension include:
1. Neck tension
The neck is the superhighway of all circulation to and from the face. When the neck is tight, it acts as a traffic jam on the freeway from the body to face and back again. This will prevent detoxifying lymph from draining as well as it should, and working the neck alone can be major in bringing flow and vitality back to the complexion, as well as reducing puffiness in the face. Most of the clients experience a very high level of the neck, as well as jaw tension, because of the stress of being boss babies in the workplace and city living. So, if you are going to work hard, you have to self-care hard as well.
2. Scalp massage
The scalp is basically an extension of the face. The muscle of the forehead stretches far back into the hairline, and the jaw muscle has scalp attachments up above, as well as around the ears. Massaging the scalp can help in the release of tightly knit foreheads and locked jaws, so it feels amazing, and it is also going to increase the blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair follicles for healthy locks.
– DIY facial fascia massage
You should not massage any areas that actually have Botox, especially if the injection is fresh, and do not massage over active acne.
All you will need is a few drops of facial oil for slip and glide. You should try this by using flat fingers of one hand, while the opposite hand supports, or use a gua sha board. Pick one side to start with. You should do that on the full side of the face and after that repeat everything on the second side. The hand which is on the side you are working is going to do the movements; the opposite hand will support. Then, move slowly, with intention, and focus on feeling a gentle stretch in the skin. Remember to breathe as you are doing this.
- Start by doing a free-form massage of the face, as well as the neck and scalp to identify areas of tension. Also, notice what feels tight. Massaging in deep circles, check in with your neck, as well as shoulders, jaw, and temples.
- Starting with the neck, thoroughly massage all around, front and back, being gentle on the sensitive front of the neck.
- You should take a deep breath and set a self-loving focus.
- Starting at the forehead, you should support with the opposite hand while the working hand is going to glide out to the temple by using medium pressure. You should repeat this a few more times.
- Move down the face, section by section, y using your hands or your tool, and always support at the middle of the face while the working hand moves out, with a handful of strokes at each situation.
- After you do the first side fully, take a look and feel what is different. For some, it may feel firmer or released, as well as softer or more supple. It may not feel like much at all.
- You should mirror everything that you did on side one on the second side.
With practice, as well as regularity, your skin is going to thank you for showing it some extra love and keeping circulation moving.
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