The Beauty Benefits of Massage Therapy
Beauty may be more than skin deep, but what’s the harm in a little beauty boost?
The quest for beauty is universal. We’d all love to have glowing skin, silky hair and feel like our best selves. Here at truMedic, we’re advocates of inner beauty. Nothing is more beautiful than confidence, self-acceptance, and self-love. But our outward appearance plays a huge role in the way we think of ourselves. When we’re uncomfortable with the way we look, we end up feeling low and that shows in our interactions with other people. But when we feel comfortable in our own skin, we radiate.
Beauty is something we can nurture from within. Ditch the lotions and the expensive makeup and cancel those costly and abrasive treatments. Instead, learn how to harness the many beauty benefits of massage therapy.
What Are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?
There are many beauty benefits of massage therapy and it holds the key to looking and feeling good — all you need to do is lie back and let the good vibrations wash over you.
Tone It Down
We often hark back to our childhood days — the lack of worry, the lack of responsibilities and, of course, the clear skin — rosy cheeks and pink lips — and bright eyes. Fast forward to adulthood and the story is a little different. Unless you’re a Hollywood star, armed with a team of beauty experts, most of us can’t escape the damaging toll life takes on our skin.
We live in a toxic world. From the environments we inhabit to the very food we eat, we can’t escape toxins. Sadly, it’s our skin that takes the biggest hit. The red patches around the nose and mouth; dark circles under the eye; rough and darkened patches at the elbows and knees, and generally green and pallid coloring — our skin can start to look like an unsightly patchwork of gaudy colors and it’s all evidence of the daily grind.
The gentle rubbing and kneading of massage can help to noticeably improve skin tone. Through a process called lymphatic drainage, massage moves the toxins out of your cells, allowing skin-boosting nutrients to travel in. It’s an inner cleanse that removes toxins from your lymphatic system, leaving your skin revitalized. Dull and darkened patches are smoothed out and your skin tone becomes more balanced. Lymphatic massage: with a name like that, it must be costly, right? Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. You can get the same effect from the comfort of your own home by using a home massager. Simply move the massager around your body, focusing on places of tension and let it work its magic.
Massage also targets one of the most common skin grievances: broken capillaries. Capillaries are those stubborn spidery, ribbon-like reddish lines that form around the nose, mouth and cheeks. By stimulating your blood circulation, a massage encourages the dilation of your capillaries. As your capillaries dilate, they strengthen, resulting in better skin color and tone.
Get the Glow
Today, beauty is all about the glow. Flawless, luminous, and almost otherworldly, skin isn’t just a fad. Glowing skin is a sign of good health and wellbeing — you literally radiate from the inside out.
It probably comes as no surprise that massage can deliver that much-desired glow. Massage works by stimulating your circulation. During a massage, your blood flow increases, which moves blood through congested areas and lets new blood flow in. This fresh blood brings with it oxygen and essential nutrients, increasing the presence of healing red blood cells and leaving your skin both nourished and brightened. Inflammation decreases and tired skin is plumped up, giving you that delicious glow.
Massage also helps to nourish and hydrate your skin. It’s the ultimate skin primer that prepares the skin for all the goodness from your trusted oils and creams. For an all-over glow, settle into a massage chair and allow yourself to relax. Once you’re completely rested, apply your favorite oils and creams and witness for yourself how much more effective they are.
Playing It Smooth
Uneven skin tone is frustrating. From lumps and bumps to rashes and rough patches, rhino-like skin is never a good look and it’s a far cry from the baby-bottom smooth skin we all desire. But how does our skin get like that? There are many reasons our skin may end up feeling like sandpaper, from preexisting skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema to the lifestyle choices we make. However, the most common cause is the buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of our skin. The good news? This is something that can be easily reversed.
Think of dead skin cells as dust that gathers on a bookshelf. Over time, the dust collects and sticks together until you’re left with an uneven and dull surface coating. A massage is the skin equivalent of dusting the bookshelf to reveal the glistening wood beneath. Through kneading and stroking motions, a massage gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin, tightening your pores and improving your skin’s texture.
Our handheld percussive massager is the perfect tool for gentle exfoliation. With its gentle vibrations, a personal massager will remove dead skin cells and revive your skin in an instant.
Turn Back Time
There are many wonderful things about growing old gracefully: wisdom, memories, experiences, self-assurance — we could go on. But the one thing about growing older that you’re probably not celebrating is the toll those years has taken on your skin. Your skin used to be so strong and supple. It didn’t matter how many parties you enjoyed, how much junk food you gobbled down or how much makeup you wore, it always seemed to bounce back.
Unfortunately, gravity has an impact. As we grow older, our skin elasticity starts to weaken. Those laughter lines and furrowed brows stay put long after you stop laughing or feeling stressed. There’s no getting away from it: our skin ages — it’s completely natural. We like to think of wrinkles as the visible traces of a life full of experiences. But many of us wouldn’t deny the chance to turn back time and enjoy the smooth skin of our youth.
Although there are beauty benefits of massage regardless of age, they are particularly prominent for those of us on the wiser side of 40. Massage boosts the production of collagen — that mystical ingredient promised in anti-aging lotions and lipsticks guaranteed to give you that bee-stung look. Collagen is a protein in the skin that is responsible for creating elasticity and strength. As we grow older, the level of collagen our bodies produce decreases, resulting in those dreaded wrinkles and lines. By encouraging the production of collagen in the skin, a massage can leave your skin looking firmer and more youthful. It’s the closest thing to an elixir of eternal youth that you can get.
Give Your Barnet a Boost
We’ve talked a lot about skin so far, but the beauty benefits of massage extend far beyond that. We’re talking about our hair. Can a massage provide the flowing, gorgeous locks of glossy hair you see in TV ads? If you suffer from limp, lifeless or dandruff-ridden hair, a scalp massage may be just the cure.
A scalp massage gently stimulates the scalp to increase the blood flow. Hair health is all about the scalp. Working your hair from the roots upward helps to eliminate dandruff, strengthen the strands and stimulate hair growth. It’s easy to do: simply add oil to the roots of your hair and move your fingers in a circular motion over your scalp. For an added bonus, a scalp massage is also a great tonic for headaches, by targeting pressure points in the skull that block the pain receptors in the brain.
Having glowing skin and shiny hair may make you look and feel more beautiful. But a massage puts us back in touch with our bodies and leaves us feeling refreshed and relaxed — that’s the real key to radiating beauty. If you want to enjoy the beauty benefits of massage therapy, check out our full range of home massaging units today.