Should Anti-Aging Creams be Massaged onto Skin?

So what do you think? Should creams meant for anti-aging be massaged onto skin? It is common practice to apply creams in a massaging motion onto skin however, skin that has signs of aging may not do well with a massage. Skin that has seen years may not be as supple, elastic and healthy compared to younger skin and therefore, extreme care should be done in handling aging skin.

Why skin loses its luster as it ages

As we grow older, our body undergoes massive changes and the skin, for one, is not immune to these changes. Skin loses its elasticity, luster and suppleness as we age. You might find a wrinkle here, fine lines there and sagging along the jaw, neck and upper arms as you celebrate a year older. And one of the culprits in early signs of aging is hormones.

Hormones play a huge role in sagging skin. Growth hormones, responsible for the development of bone, skin and hair, tend to diminish as a person grows older. As this happens, a person may find himself vulnerable to fractures, posture problems, the development of aging skin and hair loss. Skin tends to dramatically change due reduced hormone levels but it’s never too late to do something to stop aging dead in its tracks.

There are many kinds of anti-aging products in the market. You can choose from natural skin care products as well as commercially –prepared products. But before going into detail about the best anti-aging skin care products, here are ways to apply anti-aging creams that won’t cause more pressure on sensitive aging skin.

 

How anti-aging creams should be applied

You may have never given so much thought about how to apply anti-aging skin care products before however, the way we care for our skin and the way we put products on could affect our skin a lot. All that tugging, pulling and placing pressure over aging skin only worsens the situation and this is why we have rounded up the best ways to apply anti-aging products for you.

Use a cotton ball

You need something soft to apply products on your face and neck and the best applicator is still the good old cotton ball. The trick is not to rub the cotton on skin but rather allow the cotton to slide easily over the skin of the face and neck.

Dip the cotton in cream or the solution that you want to use. Completely soak the ball. Once it’s saturated with the solution, move the cotton slowly and carefully over the face. To apply anti-aging products on the skin of the neck, move the cotton over the area in an upward manner. For the delicate skin over the face, use a saturated cotton ball and slowly move it along the face. Take special care on skin around the eyes and along the T zone.

Use a cotton pad

A cotton pad is thinner but more compact than a cotton ball. It can hold more products than a cotton ball however these could be more expensive. Using a pad is basically the same as using a cotton ball. Remember not to pull or rub on skin especially skin found along the eye area and the neck. Most cotton pads are extra- absorbent and are available in packs. You may also use cotton pads to remove makeup and apply other skin care products.

Chill anti-aging creams

Make ant- aging creams less irritating and more revitalizing by chilling them. Take a container or jar of cream and chill. Cold cream will take away puffiness around the skin of the eye and will help reduce inflammation, swelling and pain aside from their anti-aging effects. But before chilling your anti-aging cream, check the label and find out if it needs to be kept in room temperature or it can be refrigerated.

Use a cotton tip applicator

A cotton tip applicator will allow you more control in applying cream over the face. You can also adjust the pressure of the applicator to provide gentle or firm pressure on the face or neck. A cotton tip applicator will let you apply cream without tugging or pulling on skin and of course you can also use an applicator for other skin care products as well as makeup.

The right way to massage

Massaging using deep and hard strokes is not advised in applying skin creams for anti-aging since it can worsen the already sensitive condition of the skin. However there is gentle massage that you can learn to apply various skin care treatments.

  1. Apply anti-aging skin creams with the tip of the fingers. Use only a pea-sized amount.
  2. Coat all fingertips with the anti-aging skin care product and rub the fingers together to distribute the product on the entire hand.
  3. Start with massaging the face from the forehead to the cheeks. Use the tips of the fingers to deliver gentle small round strokes on the skin.
  4. Do not massage the eye area; just pat the cream over the skin.
  5. Next, the neck gets special attention by applying the cream using gentle strokes that move upwards from the shoulder to the jawline.

Other anti-aging treatments

Retinol

This natural derivative of vitamin A and is a highly effective way to remove fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging on skin. Retinol evens skin color, tightens pores and improves blood flow to the skin and collagen production to rebuild damaged skin cells. Retinol is found in skin creams, moisturizers, lotions and even makeup. You can also supplement with retinol by taking retinol supplements which are available from your local health store.

Vitamin C

This vitamin is one of the most amazing vitamins that can help reduce signs of aging. The way this vitamin works is that it blocks harmful free radicals in the body which play a huge role in premature aging. Vitamin C can fight wrinkles, remove fine lines and keep the skin younger-looking. It is also has antioxidants that can rejuvenate skin and bring out a healthy glow.

Eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C is the best way to take advantage of the amazing benefits of this vitamin. You can also take vitamin C supplements which are available in most health stores and drug stores.

Vitamin E

This is a fat-soluble vitamin that is also an antioxidant. It has a number of health benefits including protection from pollution, reducing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin E can help detoxify skin, remove chemicals and waste materials. It can help rejuvenate aging skin and bring back that youthful glow. You will find vitamin E in a number of skin care products as well as anti-aging products but you can also supplement with vitamin E supplements which are available in most health stores and pharmacies.

Amino acids

These help make aging skin look better and younger by stimulating collagen repair. Amino acids combine with other amino acids to create efficient and effective skin care and anti-aging products. You can find amino acids in many skin care products as well as anti- aging products. There are also amino acid supplements which are available in health stores.

Vitamin D

This vitamin can help improve skin’s condition and reduce the signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. This vitamin is available naturally and is in many fruits and vegetables. There are vitamin D supplements as well and is for people who cannot get vitamin D from their surroundings and from food that they eat.

Aside from these natural skin care treatments to stop the signs of aging, you can also remove sagging and fine lines by following these tips:

Use natural face masks

Gently remove blemishes, reduce age spots and exfoliate the face with natural face masks. Natural masks are from natural items and food found inside the house. Ingredients for face masks have natural properties that can improve skin’s overall health and provide protection from the suns’ harmful rays. The most common ingredients you will find in natural face masks include whole milk, honey, egg whites, sugar, rice, coffee grounds and more. A combination of two or three ingredients reconstitutes a mask. Apply a face mask mixture on your face; apply using gentle pressure with the use of your fingertips.

Use facial scrubs

Face scrubs will make skin look younger and glowing. What face scrubs does is scour the skin with rough bits mixed in the scrub revealing new, glowing and blemish- free skin in the long run. Commercially-prepared face scrubs are available in pharmacies and in supermarket aisles and these may contain ingredients that could still be harmful to people with sensitive skin which is why you should choose only natural facial scrubs.

It is easy to make facial scrub; just remember that you will need a good medium like milk, honey or yoghurt to hold small bits of ingredients like brown sugar, salt or rice. Facial scrubs are meant to remove blemishes which is why a little pressure is used to apply the mixture on to the skin. Take note that pressure must not be placed along the eye area and also along the neck.

 

Conclusion

Applying anti-aging products on skin is one of the most popular ways to curb fine lines, wrinkles and age spots however, special care is needed when applying or massaging skin creams along the sensitive areas of the face and neck. Skin tends to sag, lose its texture and moisture as we get older and this could lead to wrinkles, fine lines and discoloration. These age marks are very sensitive areas and could become worse when additional pressure is placed. Anti-aging products should therefore be placed with extreme caution using cotton balls, cotton pads and applicators.

There are quite a number of skin care remedies to reduce signs of aging. These could be natural techniques or could be tips for simple lifestyle changes. The tips we have for you are known to be effective and won’t cost you a lot of money as well.

Do you have your own take when it comes to applying anti-aging creams? Tell us on the comment section below. And if you like this article, share it with someone who you think deserves younger-looking and age-defying skin today.

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