Getting a massage may seem like an unnecessary indulgence, but as it turns out, it could just save you more money on beauty in the long run. Read on to find out how.

Many traditional cultures use massage as a form of connection. For example, in India, a mother massages her baby to soothe and calm the infant. When the child grows up with this as a part of his or her culture, he or she grows to massage parents and grandparents too. This is the norm, and the benefits are astounding — closer connections between the family, immediate stress reduction, improved immunity and a healthier body image.”

Healthier hair

Not only do massages relieve stress and feel good, but they also have several beauty benefits. Your scalp is the basis of healthy hair, so taking good care of it means better strands. “Use your fingers to massage your scalp for a few minutes in the shower. This will increase blood flow, which can make your locks grow longer and reduce dandruff.”

Less cellulite

If it sounds too good to be true, don’t worry, it isn’t! While a good massage relaxes the body and soul, a great massage decreases lymphatic build-up, helps prevent cellulite and increases oxygen rich blood flow to your skin cells. Who knew!?

Improved skin tone and texture

Massages increase blood flow and aid in the health of your immune system through lymphatic drainage. “This basically gets rid of toxins in the body and allows more room for nutrients,” describes Mayo. And with enhanced circulation comes improved skin tone and texture. Gotta love that!

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