Yes, that's right, a face trainer, for I was about to visit Face Love Fitness, a "skin gym" promising "some of the best anti-aging skin care there is" through mini-treatments of face-muscle massage and resistance training.
I'd booked a 30-minute FaceLove with co-founder Rachel Lang, a treatment that promised to energize my complexion, tone my face muscles, release tension, rejuvenate my whole body, soften fine lines, and brighten my eye area.
How were they going to work these small miracles on my skin? Why, through muscle interval training, acupressure, face reflexology, muscle rolling, warm/cool stones, and a shoulder release, of course!
The idea behind "facial fitness" is that your face contains more then 40 muscles. Just think about how many opportunities that is for those muscles to hold stress, tension, or any emotion you're experiencing. If those muscles are exercised and relaxed, that tension will never go away and will ultimately result in fine lines, wrinkles and general sagging (thanks, gravity).
We all know that when we do yoga or treat ourself to a massage, we're helping the muscles in the rest of your body release tension buildup. But how often do we compliment that weekly yoga class with a bout of face yoga? Exactly.
I know what you're all thinking: Isn't the cardinal rule of great skin to NOT touch your face? And before my fateful day at Face Love, I'd have agreed with you 100 percent. But this, my friends, is the exception to the rule. Rachel (and her co-founder Heidi) can touch my face with their hands all they want, for their digits are pure freakin' magic.
Why is facial massage so great for your skin? Let's break it down: