Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Face Massage
Lymphatic Drainage Facial Massage instantly de-puffs and lifts the face and can even treat skincare issues like breakouts, dull skin, and dark circles.
Now that we have your attention? Here’s everything you should know about the lymphatic drainage facial and how it can transform your complexion.
What is the Lymphatic System?
While facial massages are something you’re no doubt familiar with, the lymphatic system may not be. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system, and complementary to the circulatory system. It consists of a network of tissues, vessels and organs that work together to move a colorless, watery fluid called lymph back into your circulatory system.
Functions of the lymphathic system include: maintaining fluid levels in our bodies, transporting nutrients from the digestive tract back to the bloodstream, destroying foreign invaders (such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi), and removing damaged cells, waste, and toxins from our bodily tissues. Problems with our lymphatic system, including blockages may result in bodily swelling, recurring infections, or fluid buildup within the structures of the system.
Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump and rather lymph is moved through the system by muscle contractions and manual stimulation.
What is the Link Between the Lymphatic System and the Skin?
The lymphatic system needs care and attention to function at its best.
As mentioned, it doesn’t have its own pump, and rather it relies on your own body movement and manual stimulation to perform vital functions. A stagnant lymphatic system will cause acne, breakouts, and dull / dry skin.
Manual lymph drainage is one of the most effective ways to remove puffiness from under the eyes, sculpt your jawline, and promote glowing, healthy skin.
What is a Lymphatic Drainage Face Massage?
A lymphatic drainage facial serves as an internal cleanser and involves massaging the skin to manually stimulate lymphatic drainage thereby removing damaged cells, cellular waste, and toxins from your body. In doing so impurities that would otherwise block glands are removed, while blood flow to the skin is improved, dramatically increasing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells.
Lymphatic drainage helps to get rid of toxins below the skin surface. Because it promotes blood flow, it can instantly transform a dull complexion into a glowing one. Good circulation and coherence in the various layers of tissue is reflected in healthy, glowing skin.
A Natural Facelift
Firing up your lymph system also serves to stimulate those sagging muscles, making facial features look fuller and sharper. It can also amplify your skin’s natural collagen production, which can help fade fine lines and wrinkles.
According to a study, “Impaired function of dermal lymphatic vessels lead to accumulation of subcutaneous fat, which ultimately causes ‘sagging’ of the skin.”
So if you’re seeking a shaper jawline or more pronounced cheekbones, this dermatologist-approved technique can help significantly.
De-Puffed Eye Area
Massaging your eye area with gentle pressure can help reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, reviving fatigued eyes. It works by decongesting the area and removing the buildup of fluid that causes puffiness.
Lymphatic drainage enhances the circulation of lymph fluid in the subcutaneous tissue. When you regularly stimulate lymph node draining, you’re helping the body remove waste and toxins quickly and efficiently. As a result, it’s a great skincare therapy for acne-prone skin.
It encourages the release of toxins for a clear and clarified complexion
What are the Benefits of Lymphatic Facial Massage?
In summary lymphatic drainage facial treatment benefits include:
• Skin nourishment
• Skin cleansing
• Toning of facial muscles, decreasing wrinkles
• Restoration of sun-damaged skin
Incorporating lymphatic drainage facial into your skincare routine will dramatically improve the health and appearance of your skin!
How to do a DIY Lymphatic Face Massage
Doing a self-massage at home doesn’t require any special tools. While gua sha tools, jade rollers, and other skin tools can certainly enhance the effects you can also just use your hands for an equally beneficial effect.
Master the Technique
The primary goal is to move your lymph fluid towards your lymph nodes. Thus when performing this treatment at home, a great way to start is by gently massaging the neck and collarbone since that is the location of an important chain of lymph nodes.
Add a Serum into the Mix
You want to be sure you have ample slide over the skin, so massaging with a serum or moisturizer will reduce friction and pulling of the skin. Make sure you choose a nourishing, antioxidant-loaded serum, as the act of massaging will help the product penetrate more effectively into the skin.
Apply Light Pressure
The lymph system relies on gentle contraction from our muscles during everyday activity, so avoid using too much pressure when performing the massage.
Heavy massage is not necessarily any better and can just lead to inflammation and swelling. The only pressure you really need is enough to gently move the skin.
Using the heel of both hands, work your way from the top of the forehead down to the eyebrows, massaging in upward motions. Then move along to the temples and then the jawline. Go down through the sides of the neck and finish by moving down the clavicle. Repeat this routine five times.
Draining your lymph nodes is a fabulous well-being treatment that can benefit your health, mindset, and your complexion.
While you can perform a lymph facial massage from the comfort of your own home, this is a treatment that can be added to any of our professional facial treatments to boost its benefits and instantly deliver a brighter, clearer, perkier complexion.
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