Lymphatic drainage treatments have been around for many years and have multiple benefits. From boosting circulation to ensuring the body is deeply cleansed and nourished, in this post, we’ll be revealing why lymphatic massage (and in particular, lymphatic facials) is so important to making sure our lymphatic system is working at its best…
WHAT IS LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
The lymphatic system resembles veins and arteries and is made up of lymph nodes and vessels called lymphatic capillaries which absorb and transport lymph fluids throughout the body. The two circulatory systems (lymphatic system and cardiovascular system) work collectively to help the body to get what it needs and get rid of what it doesn’t. The lymphatic system is mostly found just beneath the skin where it aids the vital process of cell regeneration and also supports the immune system through the delivery of infection-fighting white blood cells.
The primary responsibility of the lymphatic capillaries is to remove toxins, protein, bacteria, viruses, fat, debris and excess fluids from between cells and those found in the 10% of blood which leaks out from the veins into the body’s tissues. The lymph nodes recognise and destroy these substances and trigger an immune response where necessary.
THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM DOES NOT HAVE A PUMP
Unlike the cardiovascular system which brings fresh nutrients (oxygen, minerals, vitamins, hormones and other elements) to the skin and takes away carbon dioxide, unused proteins and waste through the blood and works with the skin to regulate body temperature, the lymphatic system does not have a pump (like the heart) so requires manual assistance and muscle contraction through exercise to keep the lymph fluids moving. As we get older and if our skin has been damaged by the sun, this can affect lymph flow, meaning we need to actively facilitate this.
Lymphatic drainage – which stimulates the lymphatic system to work more effectively – is a process which can be achieved by massaging the skin. Traditionally used to treat Lymphedema where swelling occurs after the removal of lymph nodes, but also successful at treating eczema and digestive disorders; lymphatic drainage is now a highly popular form of massage therapy, used on the whole body to improve firmness and cellulite appearance, release tension, and lose weight.
IT IS NON-INVASIVE
This non-invasive technique of adding light pressure, stretching the skin in the direction of lymphatic flow and soft brushing movements has also quickly evolved into the introduction of lymphatic facials designed primarily for dull, dry and irritated skin. These facials (also referred to as non-surgical facelifts) detox the skin, support the skin’s microbiome, decongest, decrease inflammation, reduce puffiness from under the eyes and sculpt the jawline, ultimately leaving behind plumper, calmer and brighter looking skin.
TRY IT YOURSELF AT HOME
Lymphatic drainage can also be done in the comfort of your own home using your fingers or a face roller; moving from the centre line outwards and then down past the sides of the face, behind the ears and down the neck while deep breathing. Whether you go for a lymphatic facial with an aesthetician or incorporate face massages into your nighttime routine, this is a great way to build mindful moments into your day, leaving you feeling relaxed, reconnected and with happier, healthier skin.
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HAVE YOU TRIED A LYMPHATIC FACIAL OR FACE MASSAGE?
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