Massage is a necessary element of a good skin care routine—in fact, the way that we apply our products is as important as the products we’re applying. We’re such believers, in fact, that we developed an entire skincare ritual—The 4-2-4 Method—based on massage principles of stimulating blood and lymph circulation and detox.
Julie recommends performing the 10-minute treatment the moment you get home for the evening as an end-of-day reset.
While it’s an important method to incorporate into your beauty routine year-round, when it comes to the dryness and dehydration that plagues winter skin, massage is a particularly essential practice. “We have long known that massage moves blood through the circulations system, but new research shows that massage moves hydration as well. Hands-on massage pulses hydration through the fascia, as well as the blood and lymph system, so massage affects a number of systems at once.”(1) Performed daily, massage increases the skin’s ability to absorb hydration and maintain moisture levels—both critical when faced with harsh winter weather and dry indoor heat.
But the benefits of facial massage don’t end there. The physiological payoffs are vast, often instantly visible (always a winning quality), and the effects can be cumulative. “On the epidermal level, light massage may encourage corneocyte shedding, increase epidermal proliferation and potentially increase thickness. Dermal tissue also benefits from increased blood flow and tensional forces in the dermis induced by deeper mechanical stimulation, where dermal fibroblasts change phenotype and produce more collagen. Superficial massage allows for the removal of interstitial fluid or lymphatic drainage.”(2)
Suppose you want plump, hydrated, luminous, detoxified skin. In that case, any of our skin care oils are here to assist—we especially enjoy the ultra-nourishing properties of Nourrit Complexe, Calendula Botanical Solution, and Fleur Vibrante Serum Cerate this time of year. And if you want to go deeper, try the 4-2-4 Cleansing Method. Julie recommends performing the 10-minute treatment the moment you get home for the evening as an end-of-day reset. Apply a few pumps of Lustra to your palms and massage it onto your skin while you watch the news, listen to your favorite podcast, or just embrace a moment of calm. Add a few pumps of Treate to emulsify the product and continue massaging for two minutes. Then rinse your skin—alternating splashes of hot and cold water—and literally cleanse the day away.
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