FIVE MINUTE LYMPHATIC MASSAGE TIPS
Lymphatic drainage is a skincare buzzword you might be hearing a lot these days. When it comes to facial massage, lymphatic drainage is often a key component regardless of the tool or massage technique being used. That's because lymphatic drainage massage can really benefit overall skin health by flushing out stagnant fluid, increasing circulation to the epidermis and giving the skin a healthy glow.
For this massage you don't need any tools! Just your hands and a little of your favorite facial oil for slip. Lymphatic drainage relies on using very light pressure, so try to maintain that throughout. The lymph system sits just below the surface of the skin, so we are working to gently stimulate the flow of energy there. Using minimal pressure, you will be amazed at how immediately this massage works to naturally contour and get rid of excess puffiness.
THE FIVE STEPS
STEP ONE : NECK WARMUP - The neck/throat area plays a key role in facilitating lymphatic drainage, so we always want to start there and really get things warmed up. This move has two parts. First, begin by placing the heels of your hands in the center of the neck and then gently pulling them back towards the spine. Then, using your fingers on both sides of the ears in a fork-like position, pull downward toward the collar bones with light pressure to start to stimulate the movement of lymph.
There are a number of lymph centers located on the face, particularly near the ears. So we want to return to this area again and again, draining down the neck as we work, for best results.
STEP TWO : CHIN SCISSORS - Separating the middle finger and index finger to make "scissors" we are going to work up the chin in alternating movements. Regardless of which hand is working, make sure you are moving from the chin, up the jawline toward the ears. Continue to use gentle pressure here to start to move excess puffiness and sculpt the chin.
STEP THREE : CHEEK SCULPTING SWEEPS - Working our way up the face, we are now going to use the side of the hand to gently sweep from the bridge of the nose, under the cheekbones and out to the sides of the face. Once you reach the side of the face, use light pressure to sweep down the neck. This will help sculpt and contour the cheekbones.
STEP FOUR : UNDEREYE SWEEPS - Similar to the previous two movements, we are going to use light sweeping motions to clear excess puffiness around the eyes. This can also help with dark circles in the undereye area. To do this, gently place the pads of your index fingers in near the outer corner of the eye and the pad of the middle finger near the inner corner, so that your fingers former an upside-down triangle. Use the middle finger to gently sweep to meet the index finger. You can then use both fingers to gently move out to the temples and down the neck.
STEP FIVE : FOREHEAD RELEASE - This finishing move helps to release a little forehead and brow tension, while also completing the lymphatic massage with a sweep down the neck. Placing one hand in the center of the forehead as your anchor, use the other hand to gently "pull" away. Work out to the temples and then finish as always with our draining move.
BONUS MOVE: If you like, you can repeat Step One as a last move, to really seal in the benefits of your lymphatic massage.
Five minute face massages to-glow are timed to be about five minutes long. There is no sound, so you can use this as quiet time or add your own soundtrack. Follow the moves in the video - about thirty seconds per move - on each side. Complete everything in five moves and five minutes. Repeat if if desired, or mix and match with other videos to really treat your skin. Be sure to check back every Friday for new videos!