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In a previous blog post, we talked about the importance of knowing the anatomy of the face to get the greatest impact as we develop our skincare routine.
Another Pro technique is examining the face in sections. This means looking at the upper face, mid face, and lower face anatomy. Of course, the neck and décolleté are also important, but in this article we're covering the face.
Looking at our face in three sections helps us determine what each part of the face needs. Why does this matter? Because each section experiences change in the skin, fat pads, muscles, lymph, and fascia differently.
For example, the upper face, especially the forehead region, has superficial fat (vs deep fat) and the frontalis muscles will impact what is happening here. This means it will show aging due to volume loss in the superficial fat and repeated facial expressions may pull and scrunch the muscles impacting the way the skin on the forehead looks. This will show up as forehead wrinkles and creases. Release work done in this area is of particular importance. If you look at the muscle image below, you’ll notice these muscles extend into the scalp area. That is why I recommend massaging the scalp as part of the release work. Microcurrent and ultrasound following vectors will help here.
The eye area has the thinnest skin on the human body so this area is cared for with delicacy. Quality eye creams and serums are specially designed to prevent additional thinning. Release work done in this area MUST be with feather-light pressure. Microcurrent and/or ultrasound in this area can be impactful to the fine lines and wrinkles.
Next let’s look at the mid face which begins at the lower eyelids and ends above the lip. The nose area makes up a sizable portion of this region and it (the nose) often has little to no fat padding. A little extra cleansing here will keep pores at their smallest. The multi-dimensional positioning of muscle and skin in the cheek area can create wrinkles at different angles. That is why I share so many tips for release work in this area using manual facial contouring massage. Microcurrent for lift and tone is beneficial here.
And finally, the lower face takes in the lips, chin, and jaws. The muscles in this area of the face are close together resulting in issues from repeated facial expressions, aging, tech neck, and gravity in general.
In addition to the above, loss of collagen in this area will present with thinning skin, sagging, and unattractive folds. The work we do here is to lift and tone to undo the downward pull of muscles. Release work prepares for the lift and tone work. Using product that will boost collagen is particularly helpful here. Using microcurrent regularly and release work are critical steps to improving this area.
As you develop your routine using release work, high performance skincare products and high-tech devices, carefully examine your face using these tips to tweak your routine - like a Pro - in each area for additional benefits!
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