Facial tension is a serious but often misunderstood and disregarded skincare concern that has detrimental implications. In this article, we’ll give you a beginner-friendly rundown of what exactly facial tension is, what causes it and how it can be addressed to promote supple & healthy skin.
What is Facial Tension?
Facial tension is a result of emotional and physical stress. Triggered by your body’s natural fight or flight hormone, stress and anxiety stimulate your sympathetic nervous system and cause your muscles to contract. As a result, you could feel discomfort around certain areas of your face.
Facial tension could manifest in the following:
- Dry and chapped lips
- Migraines and Headaches
- Reddening of the Skin
- Itchy and Dry skin
- Breakouts and Acne
What causes Facial Tension?
Stress is the key culprit for a variety of health and skincare concerns – facial tension is one of them. While stress is a natural reaction against pressure from work, family and friends, stress and anxiety trigger your body’s natural alarm system. This leads to a variety of other issues like headaches, insomnia, and loss of appetite. It could also affect your cognitive performance.
If not managed, stress could lead to depression and anxiety. Facial tension, in particular, could disrupt blood flow to the face and cause your skin to look duller, and feel rougher and bumpier. In the long term, it could also cause your skin to age prematurely and lead to breakouts, acne and scarring.
How to manage facial tension
So far, we’ve outlined the grave relevance of facial tension and its link to stress. All in all, we believe that managing stress and relieving facial tension is vital for your long-term health and complexion. Check out these tips to relieve facial tension and stress.
Give yourself a Facial Massage
Facial Massages are the easiest way to boost blood flow and get rid of tension in the body. If done regularly and gently, facial massages could also tighten your skin and make it look more radiant and younger!
Try investing in a beauty roller that penetrates the skin and targets problem areas to fully relieve your face of any stress or tension. We recommend the ReFa CAXA RAY – the scooping and kneading technique of this beauty roller releases tension in the face, firms the skin and enhances your skin’s natural glow. At the same time, targeting the SMAS Facia layer of the skin, it restores mimetic muscles back to its optimum form while stimulating collagen and elasticity production in skin. Let ReFa CAXA RAY work its magic and just relax! Soon, you’ll notice a huge change in your skin and health.
Moisturize and Hydrate
Since facial tension causes flakiness, itchy skin and poor distribution of oxygen, moisturizing and hydrating are prudent. Moisturize with a face moisturizer and concentrate on the parts that tend to redden or itch when you feel stressed (ie. Apples of your cheeks, sides of your nose).
Also, hydrate regularly to cleanse your system of toxins and keep your physical stress levels at bay. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Sometimes, the best way to relieve facial tension is to tackle the problem directly.
Confiding in a friend, venting to a listening ear or writing out your feelings in a feelings journal is an easy way to rationalize and express yourself. In doing so, you could also find a solution to the issue at hand.
Journaling is an easy and harmless stress-relieving way to vent. Try keeping a feelings journal and write an entry whenever you feel overwhelmed or stressed.