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Massage & Your Skin: 4 Anti-Aging Benefits

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 by Elysiann Bishop

Massage and YouWho doesn’t love a rejuvenating, stress releasing massage? Now, you have the perfect reason to book an appointment this fall! It turns out that the benefits of massage extend to my favorite topic – beautiful, more youthful skin. While facial massage is a specialized field of practice, even general body massage can offer powerful anti-aging skincare benefits. Here are 4 benefits of massage that can have a positive effect on your skin:

Reduces Cortisol Production
Cortisol is the hormone that your body produces when under stress, and studies have shown a direct correlation between elevated cortisol levels and collagen loss in the skin. Collagen is what gives youthful skin its smooth, taut appearance. Because massage has been clinically shown to reduce the body’s production of cortisol, it has the potential to delay the signs of skin aging from collagen breakdown.

Increases Blood Flow
The circulatory system uses blood to deliver oxygen and nutrients all over the body – and that includes the body’s largest organ, the skin. Massage helps improve blood flow all over the body, and in so doing helps nourish the skin.

Boosts Lymphatic System and Toxin Removal
Among other things, the lymphatic system is responsible for toxin removal in the body and also offers anti-inflammatory benefits. It is considered part of the circulatory system, but unlike blood, lymph fluid does not use the heart as a pump. The lymphatic system relies on physical movement to circulate. Exercise and massage can both be beneficial in helping this system work optimally to remove toxins and reduce swelling – benefits that translate to the skin.

Eases Muscle Tension
Some of our fine lines and wrinkles are largely caused repetitive use of muscles – smile lines at the sides of the mouth, frown lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet from squinting. Dissipating muscle tension with regular massage may help minimize some of these effects. In addition to general body massage, facial massage is a specialty practice in which facial muscles are targeted.

It’s good to know that an hour on the massage table can not only leave you feeling great, but looking great too. Always remember that what’s good for your overall health usually reaps skincare benefits, too.

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