Article contributed by Conrad & Janet Hunter, Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa of Mooresville

There’s no doubt that a facial leaves your skin feeling refreshed and vibrant. But a facial’s benefits are more than skin deep—they can help reduce stress and relieve psychological distress as well. And who couldn’t benefit from that?

When you are experiencing stress, your body creates a chemical response that causes your skin to be more sensitive and reactive. In addition, when under stress, your body will respond by producing hormones such as cortisol, which tells glands in your skin to make more oil, which can lead to acne and other skin problems. Stress can also increase dehydration and slow down collagen production.

Facials help melt that stress away! Not only do they allow you to give yourself a special treat, they take you away from your never-ending to-do list and constant diversions that keep us forever on the go. The relaxation process of a facial begins with the facial massage. There are hundreds of pressure points on your face that are connected to various systems in your body. When these pressure points are massaged, your body responds by activating your sympathetic nervous system, resulting in a relaxed physical state.

Of course, there are other benefits of facials as well, such as the following:

  • Cleanses, exfoliates, detoxifies, tightens, rejuvenates and evens skin tone
  • Minimizes signs of aging by stimulating collagen production
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Treatment of acne and acne scars
  • Reduction of under-eye bags and dark circles
  • Enhancement of the absorption abilities of your skin

Decreased stress also leads to better weight loss results, easier sleep times, and an overall happier and healthier look

So what are you waiting for? Relaxation is the name of the game at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa in Mooresville (631 Brawley School Rd., Ste. 200), where you’ll find a full complement of specialty facials and enhancements. For more information or to make an appointment, call 704-800-5535 or visit