We know that good circulation helps maintain your skin’s health because blood brings all the amazing stuff that your body needs to stay healthy. Bad habits like smoking, heavy drinking, an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise or stress all weaken the blood vessels and the skin’s natural plumpness and brightness. Keep reading to get some tips on how to keep your skin firm, smooth and luminous—and you don’t even have to leave the house!
From jade to quartz, metal to gold, everyone is raving about the rollers that improve circulation and work the facial muscles to prevent sagging. Although there isn’t a definitive solution against aging (because it is, at the end of the day, a natural part of life), stimulating the skin encourages blood flow that brings in good nutrients and takes out the bad stuff. The result? Reduced inflammations and smoother, healthier skin. Like everything else in this life, you have to be consistent to notice a change. Try to dedicate 45 seconds to each area of the face, twice a day.
Tip #2: Face Gymnastics
Believe it or not, the muscles in your face need as much toning as other parts of your body. Just like gym exercises for your legs or stomach, repeating specific facial movements will help maintain (or recover) firm skin. The technique we suggest is based on yoga principles and holding certain simple poses for extended periods of time. In this case, each action can help tone the 50 muscles of the face when repeated periodically. Hold each pose for a few seconds, and then repeat two or three times. An example exercise is this: inflate your cheeks and hold. Transfer all the air to one cheek and hold. Transfer to the other side and hold. Then, transfer the air to your upper lip (causing it to inflate) and hold. Do the same for your lower lip. Easy! You’ve just worked out the corners of your lips.
Tip #3: Face Masks
Firming face masks benefit your skin by penetrating your pores and working on it from the inside. The most popular ingredients of the moment are the following: collagen to improve elasticity, vitamins A, C and E to improve cell production and hyaluronic acid for hydration. The idea behind these masks is to re-calibrate the skin’s elements in order to ensure it is working at its best. We suggest massaging your skin with a roller first, then applying a mask. That way, the skin will be better prepared to receive the mask’s ingredients.
Tip #4: Peels
Peels go one step further than your usual exfoliation ritual. While both remove dead skin cells and impurities, the difference is that exfoliations can be done once or twice a week while peels can be done once a month. Yes, they are more powerful. Peels strip off the outermost layer of the skin, leaving a bright fresh layer in its wake. This is also the reason why we recommend you only use peels once a month if you are over 30 years old. For those of you who are younger, congratulations, your skin doesn’t need the power of a peel to renew itself. An exfoliation will do.