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February 12, 2021
Muscle memory probably isn't something you've thought about when it comes to your face, right? You've likely only heard about muscle memory in the context of working out at the gym. But what you need to know is muscle memory is part of what contributes to advanced aging of the face. It contributes to deep wrinkles, pesky frown lines at the corners of the mouth, and those vertical creases in between your eyes and other such etchings on the face.
Please don't think this means you have to learn facial exercises because those can actually cause more problems. The muscles on the face are much more delicate than the large muscles on the body, and this calls for more delicate and precise treatments.
The way a face ages is in part related to repeated facial expressions.
A few example are:
When a client comes to my studio, I look at the scalp, face, and neck as one unit. Muscle tension, stuck fascia, poor circulation in all these areas will affect the face and skin. The goal is to release fascia, improve circulation, drain lymph, and relax the muscles in the scalp, face, and neck.
One of my favorite ways to begin this process is using a gua sha (pronounced gwah-shah) device. I love a gua sha device called the Anma. It resembles fingertips in the perfect placement with thumb-like projections on the end. If you're not familiar with gua sha, it is a natural, alternative therapy that involves gently sweeping the skin with a gua sha device. It has been practiced in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, and it even goes all the way back to the Paleolithic age when a spoon-shaped stone was used. Of course, today, we know that flat-shaped stones used incorrectly can overly flatten an area producing adverse results. Knowing how to use gua sha devices is very important.
The protocol is to use VERY GENTLE sweeping movements across the skin. This movement on the surface of the skin releases stuck fascia, improves blood circulation (which increases oxygen in the skin), drains lymph (puffy places filled with toxins), and stimulates collagen.
If you're wondering if a roller device is better than the Anma, the answer is no. The Anma wins because the fingertips and thumbs release in so many more ways than a roller device.
After I use the Anma, I use facial contouring massage to release the muscle memory that is behind the tugging and pulling on the face and neck. This can be done at home using your fingers or a device like the Clareblend Mini Microcurrent (Watch Lift it Like a Pro Here) or (Watch Massage with Me Here)
These treatments can be done as maintenance once a week or daily if you have more to work on. If you're looking to seriously relieve muscle tension in the face, jaw, neck, or diminish wrinkles, doing a little bit every day is ideal. But do not go hog wild. The time spent doing this work is 2 – 3 minutes. Again, remember the face muscles are small and are not like the large muscles on the body. Be gentle!
Treatment with the Anma followed by facial contour massage will release fascia, drain lymph, and enhance oxygen and blood circulation, which helps tighten your skin and lift and contour the face. Over time you will release unflattering muscle memory and age more gracefully.
July 21, 2021
Have you applied a product and immediately following your skin feels a bit sticky or tacky? Did you think the product wasn't working? This article clarifies why a product would have a sticky (not greasy) sensation after application and why it's actually a GOOD THING.
July 14, 2021
You know I seriously seek out products with active ingredients that produce results. Last week we talked about Poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA), now we’re going to take a look at Growth Factors in skincare products. You are going to be so excited about the benefits of this powerful ingredient.
Growth factors sounds sort of spooky. Right? Let me demystify what they are how to use them. First, they are NOT growth hormones. They are perfectly safe - and - are part of the human body.
July 07, 2021
Understanding how PLLA (poly-l-lactic acid) works is important to knowing if it is something you want to include in your skincare routine. If you've been following me for any length of time, you know I'm not a "fad" follower. I go with the science and investigate first hand to know what works and what doesn't.
Let's look at a brief history of PLLA, how it works and what a PLLA skincare routine looks like, before we explore who would, or would not, use PLLA.