I started doing lymphatic massages on myself not long ago, but I’ve really liked the results so I thought it would be great to share it here!
Lymphatic drainage helps flush toxins out of your system, reduce swelling, relieve sinus pressure, and minimize water retention in your face to give you more definition.
Professional massage therapists and beauticians do this when you get a massage or a facial, but you can it at home too. All you need is your favorite facial oil and a roller (like the jade or rose quartz rollers from Herbivore). You can also use your hands, but I prefer using the roller.
It only takes a few minutes and feels great. Here’s what to do:
- Start by washing your face and applying a creamy moisturizer. You want to prevent friction as much as possible, so stay away from sticky serums, gels and lotions before doing this massage.
- Warm up a good amount of facial oil between your palms.
- Apply the oil directly on your face in upward and outward motions, starting from the chin or nose towards your ears and hairline.
- Once you’ve applied the oil, use the smaller end of the roller under your eyes, moving from the nose up and out to your hairline, just above your ear. Do this on both sides and repeat 10 times.
- Use the larger end of the roller on your cheeks – starting on the cheekbones, then eventually down to the jawline – in upward, outward motions. Repeat 10 times on each side.
- Move up to your eyebrows, where we tend to hold a lot of tension. Use the roller over your brow bone out and down toward the temple, 10 times on each side.
- After the brows, it’s time to do your forehead. Use the roller to move from the brow to the crown of your head 15-20 times.
- Next, take the roller and place it just under the ear and move down towards your collar bone. Take care not to roll over the carotid artery (where you check your pulse). You want to be massaging a bit further back.
- Finish by using your hands to gently massaging along the collar bone out towards your shoulders. Do this ten times on each side, and you’re done! But the last step is SUPER important.
- Make sure to drink plenty of water to help your body flush out all the toxins and excess fluid you’ve helped to drain.
Facial massages are a great way to get rid of puffiness, pull toxins from your skin, and fight fatigue by invigorating your facial tissues and nerves. I like to do it in the evening when I have time to enjoy it, or when my face is feeling extra puffy.
Do you give yourself facial massages? If not, give it a shot and let me know what you think!