4 Lymphatic Drainage Tips for Clearer, More Radiant, Brighter Skin

“Your lymphatic system brings in nutrients and takes away waste from every cell in your body,” explains celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salons and Skin Care, Joanna Vargas.” It doesn’t have its own pump, so the lymphatic system relies on our own body movements to perform important functions.”

So………. What does it mean for us if we are isolated in our homes? Unfortunately, a stagnant lymphatic system can lead to acne, breakouts, pimples, puffiness and dry skin – that’s what drainage does.” Drainage means we move stagnant lymph so it can take away waste and bring in fresh nutrients,” says Dr. Lamees Hamdan, founder and CEO of Shiffa, who also explains that massaging the lymphatic system is key to helping our face and body move excess water, which can cause puffiness.” When lymph flows freely, your skin will be clearer and healthier without the build-up of toxins and fluids.”

So, specifically, how do we get the lymph flowing?

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Lymphatic massage can effectively reduce puffiness under the eyes, eliminate dark circles under the eyes and reduce the frequency of breakage.

“I recommend lymphatic massage to anyone,” says Vargas. This is the easy and quick way to do it. Here’s how it’s done.

“Starting with clean, dry skin, place the index and middle fingers under the ear, just behind the soft depression in the jawbone. With gentle but firm pressure, rub your fingers down and circle back in a ‘J’ type motion. Don’t just rub the surface of the skin, but don’t compress the lymph vessels either. Continue this ‘J’ type movement three times and then move to the middle of the neck, just on the sides near the artery. Do the same at the base of your neck, about an inch above your collarbone. Finally, move to the point where your neck meets your collarbone and massage the soft part along the line of your neck you’ve been working on.”

It’s time to move to your chin.” Using your pointer, middle and ring finger, massage three times in a ‘J’ shape on the chin, below the lips, but on the left and right sides of the chin furrow. Move your fingers along the jawline, below the corner of the lip, to the jawline and rub in there. Then to the far end of the jawline, the muscle where many of us get nervous. Using the two fingers you started with, go back to the first position, which is under the ear, and massage there. Move down the line of the neck in the same position as the previous neck massage. Then massage under the eyes, along the “J” shape of the eye, from the sides of the nose to just below the outer corner of the eye. It ends where the cheekbones meet the eyes on either side. If you have under-eye bags, especially in the morning, doing so can significantly improve the bags under your eyes.”

Where did all the fluid from your eye bags go?” “Row down the sides of your face,” said Vargas. To drain that excess fluid through your lymphatic vessels, massage the sides of your face, just above your ears, and then transfer it downward to the middle of your ears and then under your ears, which is where your jawline begins. Finally, go back to your neck, right where you started, and once again move along the length of your neck. Now, place your fingers back on your forehead, just above your eyebrows. Rub here three times, then move along the forehead, massaging from the middle and finishing at the temples.” If you’re prone to acne on your forehead, Vargas stresses, this will help clear the inflammation that triggers it.” Since the fluid needs to be drained, move to your ear position, massage there, and finish along your neck. It’s important that you remember your neck, because this is where the excess fluid ends up draining into your tissues.”

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While the lymphatic massage technique works wonders for your face, dry brushing is especially effective for your body.” Dry face brushing increases blood flow, which stimulates collagen production, which will help thicken the skin and reduce the appearance of fat cells.” Vargas said.” It also significantly increases elasticity, so it’s great for lifting and toning problem areas, and it’s good for expelling excess moisture from your tissues, making you look less puffy and bloated.” Vargas also points out that it gives your skin a bit of a workout, making it thicker and more elastic, which helps reduce cellulite puffiness toward the surface of the skin.

To dry brush, start at the top of the foot and work your way up in small circles. Brush each part 3 to 4 times. Dry brush your entire body with this method, paying extra attention to the thigh area. The only place to brush down is the abdominal area.

The benefits of bouncing, or bouncing, to the lymphatic system are countless – plus it’s a great way to combine drainage with fitness.” “Bouncing on a trampoline, for example, introduces additional factors that are suggested to be very helpful in draining the lymphatic system, such as muscle contraction and increased blood flow,” says Aly Giampolo, founder and athletic director of The Ness NYC.” I recommend bouncing at least 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes each time to improve your lymphatic system function, as well as your mood.”

lit. leg up the wall
We save the easiest, most relaxing yoga asanas for last. This self-explanatory ‘legs up the wall’ yoga pose has huge benefits.” “It increases blood flow from the leg veins to the heart,” says Dr. Gabrielle Francis, a naturopathic doctor and advisory board member who loves health.” When we stand on our feet all day, blood collects in our legs, causing heavy, swollen, edematous and varicose veins. Putting your feet on the wall helps the blood flow to the heart, where it is pumped into the lungs to exchange fresh blood with oxygen.” This pose reduces leg swelling, increases energy, increases oxygen flow, and reduces varicose veins.Dr. Francis recommends doing it for 10-20 minutes a day.