I've truly tried it all when it comes to getting my skin in the right place, but scalp massage is something that not only benefits the hair, but my skin as well!
We are taught by mainstream skincare companies that skin health starts and ends with the products you use on your skin. Well, that is very far from the truth. Not only does your skin show you what’s going on inside of your body (whether its inflammation, disease, or allergies) but it also needs to be taken care of in other ways besides topically.
Facial massage in many different forms can prove very important to overall skin health and integrity. But when it comes to the face, there are two places we often forget about that place a roll in skin health, the neck & the scalp. Today I want to focus on talking about the scalp! I
Each and every night, I take the time to massage my scalp with a wide tooth comb,
you don't need anything fancy literally a $3 wide tooth comb from CVS will do the trick.
I started doing this because of the sore scalp I would get everyday from wearing my hair up, but then I started to notice that the more time I took to massage all of the parts of my scalp, the healthier my skin looked & the longer and stronger my hair became. Then, when I took my first Gua Sha Facial Fusion Class with Cecily Braden, we learned about all of the lymph nodes located on the scalp, and the importance they can play at eliminating toxins from the body.
So I dove into researching scalp health and it's importance for overall skin health, and this is what I found:
Massaging your scalp, specifically in combination with scalp healthy oils like (jojoba oil, argan oil, etc.) helps stimulate the hair follicles on the head and speed hair growth. Also resulting in healthier and happier locks.
“Gentle massaging of the scalp can increase blood flow to the hair follicle, the root of the hair, which is the only living part of the hair,” says Abraham Armani, MD, medical director of Armani Medical Hair Restoration in Dallas. “Massaging works by dilating the very small arteries within the scalp, increasing blood flow to the hair follicle and therefore prolonging the growth cycle of hair.”
Because the scalp has so many lymphatic pathways, when stimulated by massage, it can aid in lymphatic drainage, increase oxygen supply and improves the suppleness of the skin.
Not only does massaging the scalp feel good, but it can also reduce tension headaches and overall stress!
How to give yourself a scalp massage
Using a wide tooth comb or your hands, start at the crown of the head, and use light massaging motions with your comb/hands, working your way down to the base of the skull. Then, flip your hair over so the top of your head is facing the ground, while continuing to massage your scalp, blood is now being sent to the top of your head, which can help deliver nutrients and oxygen to the face. I'm telling you, do this nightly, it makes a difference!
Going to be talking about the importance of the neck when it comes to the skin next time, stay tuned!
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The Holistica Hive