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Tips for Better Skin

Whether it’s acne, dry skin, wrinkles, or medical conditions like eczema, we all face skin problems at some point in our life. These problems can be difficult to manage because, as well as the discomfort that comes with some of them, they can also impact our self-confidence and body image.

If you’re looking for ways to improve the way your skin looks and feels, then read on for tips from diet to massage therapy.

Eat and drink healthily

It’s still not certain whether eating chocolate and greasy foods causes acne, but what you eat can have an impact on your skin. Eating food that’s rich in vitamins and other nutrients can help to keep your skin looking healthy, while processed foods can have a negative impact. Staying hydrated also benefits your skin as it keeps your skin cells hydrated, too. So, drink plenty of water and avoid excess alcohol consumption.

Sleep well

You know that a bad night’s sleep can result in dark, puffy circles under your eyes, but it can also lead to premature signs of aging, such as wrinkles, as well as increasing your likelihood of acne breakouts. Regularly getting a good 7-8 hours of sleep per night could shine through on your face.

Skincare regime

Not everyone needs the same skincare regime, and it doesn’t always have to be filled with expensive products, but doing certain things to look after your skin can help it look great. Sun protection should be one of your main priorities, so make sure you always wear sunscreen outdoors, even on days when the sun isn’t particularly bright.

You should also make sure that you don’t leave makeup on overnight. Cleanse and moisturize your face before going to bed at night to help you wake up looking refreshed. Occasionally adding a facial into your regime can also help to rejuvenate your skin and keep it looking smooth and youthful.

Massage for better skin

Yes, massage can also help you achieve better skin. This is mostly down to the increased circulation and blood flow to the massaged area, helping to deliver more essential nutrients to the skin cells as well as flushing out toxins more effectively. The results of regular massage on the skin include:

  • Reduced appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Reduced appearance of acne
  • Brighter skin
  • More supple skin
  • Less dry skin

If you want to see how facials and massages can contribute to your skincare regime, then contact Moonstone Massage to find out more or go online to book an appointment with us in Winston Salem, NC.

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The Pros and Cons of Massage Guns

 

The health and wellness industry is one that’s filled with crazes and fads, some that can be incredibly helpful while others are more questionable. And it can often be difficult to tell the difference. At-home massage can be an effective way to experience some of the benefits of professional massage at a lower cost and from the comfort of your own home. And plenty of massage products claim to provide these benefits, from foam rollers to massage chairs. One of the most recent crazes is the massage gun.

In this article, we’ll look at how massage guns work, whether they work, and some of the pros and cons of using them compared to professional massage.

What are massage guns?

A massage gun is a handheld tool that you can use on your own muscles to mimic the techniques used by massage therapists in order to massage the muscle tissue. Massage guns feature an oscillating head that works your muscles, often with various head attachments of different shapes and sizes to target different areas of the body. They also have different speed and strength settings to adjust the impact of the ‘massage’.

Like traditional massage, these products are said to reduce muscle soreness and stiffness, speed up recovery after a workout, increase blood flow to the area, among other benefits. Massage guns can be expensive, but there are lower-cost options available, too. Typically, prices vary from anywhere between $150 and $700.

How do they work?

Massage guns work your muscles using a technique known as percussive therapy, also known as vibration therapy. However, the tool doesn’t vibrate, it oscillates extremely fast, essentially hitting the targeted body part repeatedly, multiple times every second. So, percussive therapy is the more accurate description of how massage guns work.

The effect of this is that your nervous system becomes stimulated by the sensation, prompting the body to respond in ways that increase blood flow, releasing tension, improve range of motion, and promote pain relief.

Massage guns vs. traditional massage

Massage guns can be effective at speeding up recovery times and relieving muscle tension, which can be particularly useful after a run or workout. They can benefit us the best when used in conjunction with professional massage therapy. Professional massage can be much more effective because you can just lay there and relax your entire body while being treated. This is important to getting the most out of a massage.

However, most people aren’t able to get a massage every day or even a few times a week. So, a massage gun can help to supplement regular professional massage treatment. If you go for a run or to the gym three times per week, then you can use the massage gun after each workout and then enjoy a professional massage every two weeks, for example.

Are you looking for muscle relief or recovery around Winston Salem, NC? Then contact Moonstone Massage or go online to book an appointment with us.