Next time you're feeling stressed, take a deep breath, and try a five-minute face massage to help restore you to your normal, stress-free state.
Whatever the case, that stress can rear its ugly head...in your own face.
That's because the cortisol released when you're stressed can throw off your body's salt levels, leading to water retention (and a puffy face).
Plus, fluctuations in stress hormones can lead to redness and blotchiness on your skin—never a flattering look.
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Luckily, just because you're stressed doesn't mean you have to show that to the world.
Jen Ator, Women’s Health's Fitness Director, spoke with facialist Rose Guglielmo about how to give yourself a massage that will calm and de-bloat your face—and give you some much-needed me-time. Here's the step-by-step:
You’ll need two products: a face moisturizer and an eye cream. Keep products in the fridge—the coolness of the cream will help ease inflammation. If you’re looking to relax, Guglielmo suggests lighting a candle or spraying lavender to create a spa-like atmosphere.
Apply the moisturizing cream
to the palms and gently pat all over your face and neck. The moisturizer should improve skin texture and elasticity.
With a bit more cream, use fingertips in an upward-sweeping motion, moving product toward the lymph nodes. This will help drain the retained fluids that are causing your facial inflammation. For added pressure relief, massage the temples.
Gently tap the eye cream on the delicate skin under and around your eyes with your fingertips. It’s best to gently use fingertips because there are many nerve endings around the eyes, making that skin more sensitive. Next, make light, circular motions around the eyes, holding pressure points around the eye socket. This helps create an eye lift effect and increases circulation. The eye cream should help fight wrinkles, puffy eyes, and dark circles.
So the next time you're feeling stressed, take a deep breath, and try a five-minute face massage to help restore you to your normal, stress-free state.
It's easier than you'd think to create your own moment of zen.