If you’ve ever enjoyed a trip to the day spa, you’ve probably had a facial. At some point while you’re reclined back and enjoying the sensation, you’ve probably been treated to a face massage.

You may be wondering then, other than feeling incredible, are there any tangible health benefits to getting one?  The answer may surprise you!

Obviously, there are a raft of cosmetic benefits to getting a face massage.  It makes wrinkles less likely to form, especially around the corners of your eyes. In addition, it leaves your skin looking and feeling both healthier and younger.  Those are all good things, but of course, it would be hard to categorize them as tangible health benefits.

In that vein, the single biggest benefit you’re likely to see is  that a face massage is an incredibly relaxing experience, and anything that helps you relax also helps you to de-stress.

The simple truth is that we live in a fast-paced, “always on” world.  If you’re like most people, there are days when you don’t really know if you’re coming or going.  Long hours at work.  A million things to do when you get home.  Planning the next day.  All of those things cause your levels of a hormone called cortisol to rise, and cortisol causes stress.  The more of it you have in your body, the more stressed out you feel.

Stress won’t kill you directly, but it is a gateway to bad health.  You can link stress directly to a number of potentially deadly conditions, including high blood pressure and heart disease.  So, anything you can do to reduce stress is going to be good for your overall health.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go to a day spa to enjoy the benefits of a face massage.  It’s something you can do yourself, in the comfort of your own home. Best of all, it only takes a couple minutes every day to reap the stress-reducing benefits.  Try it yourself and see!  You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.