How To Give Yourself A Facial Massage: Facial Lymphatic Drainage for Health and Beauty

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Recently I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw a post of a face with sections of the face labelled as different parts of the body along with some information about lymphatic drainage and facial massage.  It caught my eye because the concept the image in the post was describing was that I could reduce eye bags and dark circles from massaging my face and neck… this is definitely an area where I need help!

The account belongs to Angela ( Instagram @wholisticskinandcare ), and she is an amazing skin magician with so much knowledge that I often head to her Instagram page to see what I can learn.

From the original post I saw, I began to read about lymphatic drainage and the correlation between skin and clogged lymphs.  This led me to learning more about the benefits of lymphatic facial massage. 

I find the connections between our skin and health to be fascinating!

If I can avoid needles and surgery to make my skin healthier and more radiant, I will do anything.  I have been looking high and low for information on how to do face massages plus the tools needed.

It’s really not difficult and doesn’t take long at all to do some lymphatic drainage and massage.  A few minutes a day to massage the skin on the face and neck, and you will see a difference.

For me, the puffy eyes are probably connected to sinus headaches which I have been experiencing a lot of lately, but they may very well be due to clogged lymphs in the neck.

How To Give Yourself A Manual Lymphatic Facial Massage At Home

Whether you want to target puffiness or reduce fluid retention... maybe you simply want to treat yourself, an at-home facial massage can come with many benefits.

A word of caution to those with problematic skin types. If you are prone to acne or have sensitive skin, you may want to seek the advice of a professional to find the best method for your skin.
Total Time Needed: 5 Minutes

Recommended Tools (only 1 required):

✓ Gua Sha Tool - Usually made from jade or rose quartz. Smooth, often crystal-shaped, with firm edges designed to be used on different curves of the face.
✓ Jade Roller - Smooth rollers, usually with 2 sides, made to roll across surfaces of the face then smaller roller made to focus on areas around the eyes.
✓ The Palms of Your Hands - No Extra Tools Required.

What Should I Put On My Face To Massage With?

✓ A plant-based oil or balm made with ingredients your skin agrees with
*** Avoid using moisturizers and/or serums ***

Steps To At-Home Facial Massage

Step 1: Relax
Get into a comfortable position: sit, stand, or lie down... your choice.
Step 2: Apply Oil
Apply a small amount of oil or balm to the palms of your hands and gently apply onto your clean, lightly damp face.
Step 3: Begin To Massage
If using your hands, start at your forehead, using your palms. Slowly move your palms down from your forehead to your lymph nodes at your neck. Applying gentle pressure as you work your way down your face.
Step 4: Continue Massaging The Curves Of Your Face
If using your hands, for under your eyes, use the pads of your ring fingers and apply gentle pressure in a rolling motion.
Step 5: Repeat
Repeat the motions a few more times. Remember to breath and apply gentle pressure along the curves of your face.

Personally, I have been using a rose quartz roller and Gua Sha tool for my own at-home lymphatic facial massage.  I do it a few times a weeks as part of my night-time skincare routine.

I think the key is to be consistent in order to see any improvements. 

I love using Josh Rosebrook’s Advanced Hydration Mask after a good facial massage, it hydrates the skin and leaves it smooth and glowing.


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