What Does a Facial Massage Do for the Skin?

Learn what a facial massage does for the skin from licensed esthetician Joanna Vargas in this skin care video from Howcast.

Most people I know really love a facial massage during their treatments, but nobody really knows if it has a function or what that function is. Basically a facial massage prepares the skin for extraction during an appointment. When I’m preparing the skin to do extractions, which is to take out blackheads and pimples from the skin, I want to massage the face while the face is under the steam and this way it softens everything up that’s inside your pores, so when I go to try to remove it, everything comes out really easily.

Another type of facial massage that you can get during a treatment is a lymphatic drainage massage. Lymphatic drainage is something really amazing that most people don’t really understand. I really stimulates your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system takes away waste out of every skin cell in your whole body and it also delivers nutrients to your skin cells, so it’s a really important system and it needs to function properly. People do massage to stimulate that to get rid of waste and to deliver nutrients properly to the skin. Water builds up in the skin and makes you look a little bit puffy in the eyes, maybe in the cheeks, maybe even in the neck. A good massage therapist can drain all of that away from your face, so at the end of a treatment, I mean, you look like you’ve lost weight. It’s incredible.

A facial massage is also really good for helping the skin to heal itself after extraction. If you’ve had a lot of pimples in the past and one of your facialists has removed everything, you want everything to start healing right away, so a massage can start to assist the body’s healing processes, so it’s really an important thing for everybody to have during a facial, and it has different purposes.