In addition to the relaxing benefits of tapping, the sensation itself can increase blood circulation in the skin, which helps maintain healthy blood flow and an even, glowing complexion—plus, blood flow is critical for strengthening facial tissue and smoothing away fine lines.
“[It] increases blood circulation and improves lymph flow to help us maintain proper skin cell function and lymphatic drainage,” says board-certified dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD, the founder of SKIN FIVE. “A sluggish system leads to yellowing of the skin. Circulation and oxygenation always help deliver nutrients, plasma, hydration and essential minerals through the mesh skin and keep our sebaceous networks moving.”
It’s even more important to keep your blood flowing when you’re feeling anxious. “When we’re excited or stressed, everything steals blood from us to go to the core muscles,” Bilazarian notes. Think about how the color can drain from your face when you face an anxiety attack. Your brain and body are trying to protect you from the threat, so functions like digestion and circulation take a back seat (which is also why people may experience upset stomach under stress). By tapping your face, you’re helping your blood flow return to normal, signaling your body that it’s okay to relax.
And at the risk of sounding like a broken record, managing stress is all about skin care. According to Shamban, reducing stress is one of the best “rejuvenation” treatments. “With these set sequences at specific acupressure points, along with verbalizing thoughts, we can create a connection within ourselves, [and] to use our emotions and feelings to release them,” she notes. “So it can help heal some of the emotional or physical issues that keep holding us back.”
Bilazarian even says that one of her previous colleagues is a licensed psychiatrist and doctor of Chinese medicine Jinduan Yang, MD— uses the same points for her cosmetic acupressure practice. “He would watch over me [train]and he said the points I was using were exactly the points he taught people to use for his acupressure facelift,” she says. The connection between mental health and skin health never seemed so clear.
Zooming out even more, tapping gives you the opportunity to really connect with your skin and resolve any emotions that may arise during the practice. If you put your hands on your face and really to feel texture of your pores, it’s much harder to criticize any “imperfections” you may have.
Shamban echoes this sentiment: “Instead of looking in the mirror and judging or criticizing, feeling and tapping can allow us to have a more tactile perspective and better appreciate our face, features and skin,” she says. “Tapping can change our perception, create a greater connection and lead to a more beautiful view of ourselves.” And when you treat your skin with the love and care it deserves, you’ll often end up with a much brighter glow.