Both facial exercises and facials are designed to help maintain healthy skin. What’s the difference? A facial exercise is a more intense, focused type of massage that can be done at home without tools or products; it helps to tighten the muscle beneath your skin.
Facial massages, on the other hand, are usually performed by someone else with their hands, fingers, or some kind of tool like a brush or cloth along with products that may have oils in them. This is designed to stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Read on for more information about these two different types of facials so you can choose which might be best for you.
Here are 6 key differences between a facial exercise and a facial massage:
Facial exercises are usually more intense than facial massages. A good massage therapist knows just how much pressure to apply, but you probably won’t have that skill! So it could be too much for your face. If you do a facial massage at home, it should be gentle and not cause redness or irritation if done right.
2. Tools used
Tools like brushes, clothes, and anything with oil on it can be used during a facial massage. Facial exercises don’t require any tools since they’re designed to help the muscles underneath the skin tighten up—not really go deep into the muscle tissue. Plus, sticking something sharp into your face is dangerous!
3. Offers relaxation
Since facial exercises require very little time and no products, they’re great to do when you feel stressed or as a quick anti-aging fix between professional facials. They also help with lymphatic drainage, so there’s some stress relief. But because a massage usually takes longer than 10 minutes, it’s best done as part of a relaxing spa day where you might get other treatments like body wraps and exfoliating cellulite brush among others.
4. Toning muscles
Facial massages are different from body massages in that they usually aren’t meant to help the muscles underneath tighten up—just stimulate them to get the blood flowing and keep the muscles moisturized with oils. Facial exercises are designed specifically to tone your face muscles so they look tighter and more lifted. However, your facial muscles may get tired of the same exercise over and over again.
5. Time commitment
Facial exercises usually take five to 15 minutes at most per day—not much time at all. You might spend longer if you choose more advanced programs but they require less time than professional facials. Facial massages, on the other hand, usually last longer than 15 minutes and can take up to an hour or more if it’s done as part of a spa day.
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Facial exercises and massages are both ways of caring for your skin, but they work in different ways. Massaging the face stimulates blood flow to improve elasticity and tone by helping circulation reach deep into the tissues.
Exercising facial muscles can help increase muscle strength that may have been weakened from aging or trauma which can lead to a more youthful appearance with improved contour around the eyes, mouth, cheeks, and chin.
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