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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 like pursing the lips while thinking, drawing the corners of the mouth down in a frown, squinting the eyes in bright light or from poor eyesight or smiling, raising the brows repeatedly crunching up the forehead, or even wearing glasses tight at the temples. We’re never going to stop doing these things but being aware of how to counter the effects of the muscle memory is helpful in aging gracefully.
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 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!
A treatment with the Anma followed by facial contour massage will release fascia, drain lymph, enhance oxygen and blood circulation, which in turn, helps tighten your skin, lift and contour the face. Over time you will release unflattering muscle memory and age more gracefully.
April 16, 2021
I know it can be challenging to decide what serum is right for your skin so I've created this article to help.
Start by choosing one or two of your biggest concerns and then choose the product(s) that contain the active ingredients to treat your top two concerns. If you have several issues, considering using different serums on alternative days, or using one in the AM and other one in the PM. Just don't pile on too many at one time as some could counter the other. For example, don't use a peptide serum with an AHA serum because the acidic pH of AHAs is undesirable for peptides.
Let's get started so you can start choosing a serum right for you.
April 09, 2021
April 02, 2021
One of the first places we begin to show aging on the face is the eye area. So it makes sense to be vigilant with skincare for the eyes.
Many things affect the appearance of the skin around our eyes. For example, failure to wear sunglasses year-round to prevent the squinting that can increase crow's feet, to applying eye care products with a tugging and pulling instead of a patting technique.
And I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of sleep, dehydration, and water-retention from too much sodium in the diet are also factors affecting the skin around the eyes.
But don't be discouraged, there are many things we can do to take great care of the eyes.