Even the best anti aging cream has its limits. We’ve been exploring how to apply manual techniques on your skin to achieve:
- enhanced penetration of anti aging serums & creams
- stimulation of your body’s remodeling process
- removal of extracellular waste build-up
It may be hard to believe that these techniques will actually make a difference. Every tissue in the body is capable of remodeling. It just takes a little know-how! The controversy about whether facial massage is effective is refuted by a body of research resulting in “Davis’ Law”. Let’s start at a skin cell and stimulate it with either movement due to activities of daily living or the manual techniques we’ve been discussing. 1 of 4 things will happen.
- Decreased skin resistance, flexibility & elasticity from a sendentary lifestyle and/or not performing these techniques at all.
- Status quo, or homeostatic remodeling due to not challenging the cells to remodel. For example, not doing the techniques every day.
- Therapeutic remodeling. This is the sweet spot where we challenge our skin just enough to achieve healthy remodeling. Here is where real and lasting improvement in your skin’s architecture happens.
- Deformation of skin. This happens because the techniques are done with too much force. It just takes a gentle approach to stimulate skin remodeling.
Long story short, tissue does respond to what you teach it. This may all sound complicated, but in actuality, the techniques themselves are super simple. However, they are NOT haphazard. Please refer to previous posts (part 1) and (part 2) in this series so you can see the structures you are targeting and learn more techniques. When you understand what you are doing, your efforts are empowered with specificity.
My guess is, if you are reading this, you are already applying your best anti aging cream, which is stimulating your skin cells simply with your touch and rubbing. My hope in sharing skincare from a physical therapists perspective will help you to maximize these moments so you can hit the sweet spot that results in therapeutic improvement (aka, real and lasting improvement in your skin’s architecture).
Anti aging serum, if it is potent enough, can boost the remodeling process of your skin. What do I mean by “potent” enough? If you are aware of the percentage of active ingredients in your face serum, you can be fairly confident that your investment is actually effective. The problem is, it is often difficult to find this bit of information. Many skincare manufacturers do not disclose the percentage of active ingredients as a whole, as well as the percentage of each active ingredient.
Let’s go even deeper. Each active ingredient comes with a recommended percentage that is prescribed by the manufacturers of raw ingredients (they harvest and/or bio-engineer the active ingredients). At best, this percentage is based upon rigorous research. Many of us do not have the time or interest to dive into this type of research. We rely upon the brand, the doctor, the esthetician, or the recommendations of friends.
This is a hit & miss approach. We’ve all the experience of investing in an expensive face serum, only to find that we do not notice a difference. This is why skinPT advertises with education. We call it “Edutisement”. Each product discloses the percentages of active ingredients and discloses the research behind each formula.
Here’s a tip for you when applying your favorite anti aging serum and cream.
Here’s the DL on how to use your favorite anti aging serum in a new way to improve the structure and function of your skin! The reason I’m always talking about the structure and function of skin, is when we understand that skin is part of our posture, a whole new world of ways to “skincare” opens up. Skincare is somewhat of a mystery to us, but it does not have to be. Your skin belongs to you. Your ability to remodel and re-educate your skin belongs to you. Not the FDA. Not the skincare industry. Not the pharmaceutical industry. You can begin to do this simple technique every day to improve your skin posture.
Our cells take in the nutrition we ingest and make cellular energy out of it. Then our cells use that energy to perform their functions, like contracting, replicating and filtering. These cellular functions create waste. This waste is usually cleaned up and removed by our lymphatic system. But sometimes this waste backs up due to injury, environmental exposure and/or lifestyle indulgences…yes, like happy hour ;). Extracellular waste can inhibit cellular functions such as repair and remodeling.
Here is your super easy remedy! Do this daily for 3 minutes or so on your neck and face. You can do it while applying your favorite anti aging serum or on bare skin. You will notice less puffiness, redness as well as improved firmness and elasticity over time.