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The Anatomy of the Face - Why It Matters

February 16, 2022

The Anatomy of the Face - Why It Matters

I am all about using high performance skincare products and advanced technology to age gracefully. But that’s not all I am about. I also provide education on Pro tips and techniques based on the anatomy of the face. 

The tips I share are not techniques I make up for the hype. They are based in fact and 20+ years of experience working with clients!

Here are the facts. Facial surgeons use facial anatomy knowledge to do their work and research supports results with various methods of manual stimulation even down to the level of fascia. Using the knowledge of facial anatomy makes a dramatic difference in skincare and in aging gracefully.

Let's explore this a little further so you can get to know the anatomy of your face and understand WHY it matters. Of course, this is birds eye view. I could spend hours digging into this topic alone.

First, the face is composed of skin which has three layers called the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. It also contains underlying muscles, fat pads, fascia, nerves, and blood vessels. See the five layers of the face image below.

The outermost layer of the skin contains the main protective structure of the face, and it is the Epidermis. This layer serves as a physical and bio barrier. It prevents water loss and protects us from environmental hazards.

We want to make sure we're maintaining this layer of skin by using sun protection, wind protection as needed, and skincare products with ingredients that will penetrate to help it maintain healthy moisture levels. 

The inner layer of the skin is the Dermis. The dermis makes up 90% of skin's thickness. The main function of the Dermis is to support the epidermis and protect the nerves and vessels of the face from injury. It also plays a major part in wound healing. 

Collagen and elastin loss (proteins needed for the bounce or tone in skin) starts here contributing to aging or unhealthy looking skin. In addition to using skincare products that boost collagen, we can improve this layer of skin using technologies like microcurrent, ultrasound, fibroblast, and radio frequency. When collagen levels improve here (inner layer), it makes the epidermis (top layer) look better.

The layer below the dermis consists of fat and fascia and is the Hypodermis. This is the layer that gives additional structural support for the skin and insulates the face. You can feel it better from the inside of your mouth in the lower face.

Consider this! The thickness of facial skin ranges between 1.5 mm and 2 mm (ONLY 0.07 inches!) from the epidermis down to the hypodermis. This is why I stress using a gentle touch when using facial contour massage. We're dealing with a delicate structure so excessive pressure could produce undesirable effects.

Our goal in the work we do with skincare is to create a cascading effect in each layer of skin, and in all the underlying parts. That is precisely what we are doing as we use our skincare products and devices, and facial contouring massage techniques.

Now that you know more about the anatomy of your face, you can now picture what is happening when you apply skincare products, use advanced technology, and apply facial contour massage. You boost collagen production in skin, encourage lymphatic drainage, release fascia, lift and tone muscles, and improve your psyche with healthier looking skin.

Most of what we're doing doesn't create instant results but we can be assured, it is making a difference! It simply takes a consistent routine and the discipline to apply quality products and use our technology regularly. We do not expect to get instant results at the gym for the body, so we must set reasonable expectations for the work we're doing to improve our skin.

We'll take this even further in the next blog post. I'll show you how to divide the face into sections so you can tweak your routine for even more effective anti-aging.





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