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Heat can do a lot of things when it comes to skin care. When most people think about heat and how it relates to skin care, some very negative associations probably spring to mind. The heat of summer, for instance, and how the elevated temperatures of the summer months make you sweat, and your makeup and skin care products run down your face, clog your pores and force you to be extra careful about preventing acne and keeping your makeup secure. You might also think about how centralized heating used indoors during the bitter cold of winter can be extremely drying and damage your skin if you’re not extra careful to stay on top of regular, nourishing moisturization.
But would you believe Vine Vera if we told you heat can also be quite beneficial to skin care? Well, it actually definitely can, and Vine Vera’s about to explain why and how.
What Skin Care Practices Involve Heat?
Well, for starters, a really common one you probably already engage in without really thinking about it is the use of hot showers to open up the pores for effective cleaning. This practice is widespread, and not only keeps your body nice and warm when it’s bitter cold outside, but also allows for your pores to be more easily cleansed and unclogged. Being immersed in the running hot water for long enough can also relax your muscles, which—especially on the face—does have a significant effect on the quality and appearance of your skin. Remember: your skin sits right on top of your muscles, and keeping those muscles from getting fatigued is key for supple skin.
Are there other uses of heat in skin care? You bet there are. A somewhat common one you may or may not have heard of is the self-heating mask. These come in a wide variety of types, but they’re generally “self-heating,” in that when you mix them up and apply them to your skin, you start an exothermic chemical reaction that releases heat. Having goop sitting right on your face that’s releasing heat means that the heat can penetrate deep under your skin into the muscles it’s attached to.
How Do Self-Heating Skin Care Products Help?
Considering Vine Vera has talked before about the benefit of tightening the muscles that hold up your skin, to bring in excess fat and skin folds, it might seem counterintuitive that turning up the heat could be beneficial. Wouldn’t it just make problems worse?
Well, actually, not so much. See, leaving uncomfortable tension in your muscles long-term can ultimately lead to them becoming fatigued and tired. Deep-penetrating heat may temporarily relax them, which could—again, temporarily cause sagging and related problems to get slightly worse, as soon as the treatment is done and your muscles return to their usual temperature, they’ll be refreshed and ready to spring back into action stronger and better than before.
You know how good it feels to sit in a jacuzzi or hot tub? Know how, in the moment, you feel incredibly relaxed and loose, but once you get out and readjust, you’re springy and energetic as ever? It’s like that, but with your face muscles.