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Is your skin dull and lifeless? How a lymphatic drainage massage can get your skin glowing again

It’s been said that lymphatic drainage massages are key to a glowing complexion and smoother silhouette. Though they aren’t new, they have been going from strength to strength. So what makes them so sought after?

Think of your lymphatic system as your body’s clean-up crew, explained Dr Lina Yow, aesthetic doctor at IDS Clinic. “It is part of the body’s immune system, comprising a network of organs, vessels and tissue.”

It helps maintain the body’s fluid balance, removing waste, water and unwanted toxins – caused by too much alcohol, coffee, sugar, stress or even infection, that build up into lymph fluid, shared Inge Theron, founder of FaceGym.

BENEFITS OF DOING A DIY LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE

While DIY lymphatic drainage massages are generally safe, there can still be potential risks. “Applying too much pressure during the massage can cause bruising, discomfort or damage to the delicate lymphatic vessels,” said Dr Yow. As well as swelling, shared Joanna Czech, founder of Joanna Czech Skin Care.

Instead, Dr Yow advised using gentle pressure and rhythmic, subtle movements to create a pump-like action to encourage the movement of lymph fluid through the vessels and nodes.

Excessive sessions could also strain your lymphatic system too. “Too many sessions over a short period of time might overwhelm the body’s natural processes and hinder lymphatic flow,” said Dr Yow

In addition, both Dr Yow and Czech shared that lymphatic drainage massages aren’t suitable for everyone. If you’ve had your lymph nodes removed or have other health conditions like congestive heart failure or kidney problems, do consult a medical professional.

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HOW TO DIY LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE

Easy everyday facial lymphatic drainage 

To enhance the jawline and boost the lymphatic system.

Steps:

Create a V-shape hook with your thumb and index finger. Place this at the centre of the chin, with the thumb underneath.Move the V from the centre of the chin towards the earlobe along each side of the jaw, working slowly to contour and ease any tension.Using medium pressure, repeat this move eight times for each side.

Dry brushing

Use gentle, light pressure. “The goal is to encourage lymphatic flow without causing discomfort or damage,” reminded Dr Yow.Work towards the heart. The repetitive strokes should be done slowly as lymph fluid sits very close to the skin; press too hard and you’ll be working on your muscles instead, said Theron. Work the movements towards the heart and in circular motions around the joints, added Czech.Drink lots of water. This supports your body’s natural detoxification processes.Start with clean hands and tools. This ensures that you don’t introduce dirt or bacteria into the skin.Always finish at a lymphatic duct – the collarbone, behind the ears or under the arms. These process the lymph, clean it up and help expel the waste and toxins, said Theron.

HOW TO BOOST YOUR LYMPHATIC MASSAGE

Joanna Czech I Love Grain Dry Massage Body Brush, US$41/S$56

Not only soothes the skin but also works to minimise the appearance of wrinkles while improving skin tone at the same time.

Available at IDS Aesthetics and www.jyx.shop.com

Augustinus Bader The Face Oil, S$375

Made from a medical-grade, hypoallergenic stainless steel, this depuffs the skin, releases tension and boosts lymphatic drainage. Tip: Store it in the fridge for an instant cooling effect.

Available at www.net-a-porter.com

Clarins Body Masvelt Advanced Body Shaping Cream, S$115

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