De-Stress with a Spa Day: Health Benefits of Massages and Facials / by Laura Barrow

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We spend a lot of time “checking in” with our children, spouses, family members, co-workers and clients. But when was the last time you “checked in” with yourself? It’s crucial to our health and well-being that we pay attention to our own needs, and make sure that we keep stress and anxiety from overwhelming us.

So go ahead. Spoil yourself. Pencil in some “me time.” Indulge in something soothing, relaxing and rejuvenating like a massage or a facial. While this may feel like a luxury to some, massages and facials are actually fundamental building blocks of good health. These “indulgences” certainly do help you to look and feel better in the moment, but you are also reducing the stress that can lead to more serious issues down the road.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. So when you get stressed, your skin gets stressed. Chronic stress increases the hormone cortisol which triggers an elevation in blood sugar, which can damage collagen and elastin.

Additionally, the increased blood flow that occurs when you’re under duress may cause capillaries to expand, which means red, itchy skin. Plus we all know that stress leads to big time breakouts.

So NO… massages and facials are NOT a luxury. They are a necessity.

Spa Facial Benefits
The skin on your face is exposed to environmental aggressors more than any other part of your body. From wind, sun and pollution to make-up and scrubbing, your face really takes a beating. Pores get clogged and regular at-home cleansing may not be enough to effectively remove dead skin cells, dirt and oil. A professional facial goes deeper into your pores, reducing acne blemishes and improving skin clarity, while soothing redness and inflammation. A spa facial can sometimes include extractions which should only be performed in a spa setting by a professional esthetician who has the training needed to avoid damage and scarring your skin.

During your mid-twenties, collagen in your skin begins to decrease, which we know causes fine lines and wrinkles to start forming—even before you can see them. Anti-aging facials can restore youthful glow and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles by supporting natural collagen production and exfoliating the skin. That’s why regular facials are KEY weapons in the fight against fine lines and wrinkles. When the skin is well exfoliated, the dulling top layer of dead skin cells is polished away to reveal a youthful glows. Facials with an exfoliation treatment offer many benefits including: 1) revealing healthy, younger skin; 2) helping to reduce fine lines and sun damage; 3) improving the skin’s tone and texture.

Spa Massage Benefits
The health benefits of a professional massage extend beyond simply soothing aches and pains. Many studies confirm that the human touch releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps to counteract stress hormones. Massage offers numerous benefits. It reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, decreases muscle tension and pain, improves circulation, and cultivates the sense of well-being. Investing in professional facials and massages will result in an improvement in your overall health, energy level and well-being—all factors that will help you see a vibrant, more youthful appearance. This is super-charged “me time!”

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