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The ‘Get Great Skin Series’ – Part 3: The Power of Touch in a Facial


It’s time for part 3 of our ‘Get Great Skin’ series. First, we looked closely at the structure of the skin, so we could help it function at its best. Next, we talked about applying the right amount of products – and how globbing on too much can do more harm than good. Now, it’s time to talk about hormones.


Yes. We want to talk about the hormones in your brain and body – the ones that control stress and happiness: norepinephrine and cortisol. They’re greatly affected when you receive a professional facial.

It’s true. Not only do regular skin care facials result in clearer skin due to professional exfoliating on an ongoing basis, and smoother, more radiant skin, but the esthetician’s massaging, soothing “touch” can greatly impact your body’s hormone levels for the better. Sure, machines can do great things in a facial, but touch must always be included.

Touch can increase your level of endorphins (the brain’s natural morphine), and release seratonin (a natural chemical that gives you a sense of well being – some call it the brain’s “happy chemical”). At the same time, levels of norepinephrine and cortisol – your body’s stress hormones – decrease. Anxiety is lessened, and the entire body can experience a feeling of healing from head-to-toe. The power of touch during a professional facial is soothing, comforting, and some studies show it can even benefit your immune system.

Your skin, too, will benefit from touch during a facial. Facial massage will nourish your skin through increased blood circulation, detoxify and stimulate muscles and tissues, helping to firm and tone. Skin will radiate and glow, and look healthier.

Worried about your esthetician wearing gloves during a facial? Don’t be. Gloves should fit like a second-skin, and will not affect nor impair the benefits of touch.

Have you felt the benefits of touch in a professional facial first-hand? The improved mood? The reduced stress levels? Let us know in the comments.


Comments (3)

Kalya says:
Apr 14, 2011

Stress reduction! My new reason to go to the spa. This is great!

Dawn says:
Apr 15, 2011

I look forward to my monthly facials. Not only does my skin stay in great shape but I am so stress free after I leave the spa! Nothing replaces touch in a facial and combined with Bioelements professional products used in my facials….well I (and my skin)truly hit the jackpot!

Lindsay Schwab says:
May 2, 2011

As an Esthetics Educator this information is priceless! Our students are so thRilled and feel even more solidified that their service does more than just promote great skincare, it promotes a stressfree way of life! Bioelements is furthering the way for our students with their amazing amount of knowledge! Thanks! Lindsay Schwab, Educator TSPA AMES, IA.

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