One thing that constantly surprises me is how hesitant many people are to touch their faces. To that, I say, "just do it," and be confident, not aggressive, in your ability to care of your skin on a deeper level. Your skin is waiting for you to do what the most expensive face creams in the world cannot - stimulate collagen and improve its texture from the inside out. Topical treatments can only go so far, and many of even the most effective products will not change your skin at a cellular level.
When you begin to massage your face daily, the immediate benefits of releasing the tension in your facial muscles and assisting in the lymphatic draining process are profound. However, the real change comes over time when your overall skin texture begins to improve. Elastin, like collagen, is a protein that helps the connective tissue retain its shape. Over time, we lose the amount of elastin and collagen in all of our connective tissue, but by increasing blood flow to the areas of our body experiencing this loss, we can rebuild it.
Increasing blood flow, especially when you can't get in a workout, should be a daily priority. And the good news is that creating a regular massage ritual does not have to be lengthy, technical, or time-consuming. The first step in this journey of skin well-being is understanding how your skin feels each day, which is why I encourage using your hands rather than tools. Your hands have memory and can detect if your right side feels tighter today than it did a day or two ago. This information is vital for you to begin to make significant changes to your skin. Don't overthink it, and trust that your hands will give you the answer. Forget about the why and just start to feel.
And if you want guidance on massage tips and techniques, be sure to check out my massage videos HERE.