Your Lymphatic System & Skin Health
If you have more than a passing interest in your health and wellbeing, you are probably aware of how important your lymph nodes and lymphatic system are, but you might not be aware of the impact an unhealthy lymphatic system can have on how well your skin looks. When this system isn't working as well as it should, you might find you have dehydrated, dull skin, and you may find you're also more susceptible to acne breakouts. So why is this system so important for good skin health, and how can you help your lymphatic system improve the appearance of your skin?
What is the lymphatic system?
Your lymphatic system is a key part of your immune system. Every day, up to two litres of fluid are absorbed by our body tissue from our bloodstream. This fluid, called lymph, contains toxins, waste, bacteria, and viruses that we want to get rid of from our bodies. This job is handled by the network of capillaries and tubes that transport the fluid (lymph vessels) and the 600 or so lymph nodes, that are responsible for filtering out all these toxins and waste so they don't spread to the rest of our body.
Sometimes, when these lymph nodes are struggling to cope with all the waste and toxins we need them to get rid of, they can become swollen and less effective. When you have impaired lymphatic function that can't effectively manage all the waste and toxins in your body, this isn't great news for your skin health, and why lymphatic drainage can help.
What is lymphatic drainage?
Lymphatic drainage refers to different techniques used to promote the flow of fluid in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system doesn’t have its own means of promoting transportation like the heart pumps the blood, so it needs to be accessed manually through lymphatic massage, exercise, deep breathing, Gua sha etc.
What is face lymphatic drainage massage?
A lymphatic drainage facial massage is a gentle massage to deliver manual lymph drainage of the lymphatic fluid built up in the face. This light lymphatic facial massage helps to improve circulation, promote lymphatic flow to remove the excess fluid, and push the toxins and waste from the lymph nodes.
What are the benefits of lymphatic drainage on the face & skin?
Benefits of working with the lymphatic system include aiding in your body’s detoxification process and helping to get rid of waste. It also helps out your body in its parasympathetic state (rest and repair) which has health and beauty benefits, as well as helping to depuff by reducing excess water retention.
The Multi Sculpt Massage Tool
FaceGym's Multi-Sculpt skin contouring tool is great for helping promote lymphatic draining, featuring six different edges that help you lift, contour and reduce facial tension. Using the long edge of the tool with light pressure and a gentle massaging action over key areas of the face, you can deliver really effective manual lymphatic drainage and help to improve overall lymphatic circulation, depuff the skin and soften fine lines.
5 top tips for effective Facial Lymphatic Drainage massage:
- Cleanse your face with your favourite cleanser and apply a small amount moisturiser or face oil for a smoother massage.
- Use very light, feather-like pressure - the lymph in the face is very superficial, so applying too much pressure could bypass the system and not drain fully.
- Hold the massage tool at a 5-15 degree angle to maintain contact with the skin and properly direct fluid.
- Start with the neck (downward strokes), then cheeks and forehead (outwards and downwards strokes).
- Go slow! Lymph moves slowly and you may tense up if you go too fast.
With the help of the Multi Sculpt, it's possible to enjoy lymphatic drainage facials at home, improving the performance of your lymphatic system and your skin health.