What is a lymphatic drainage facial?

The name may sound daunting, but don’t be intimidated. A lymphatic drainage facial is a relaxing massage that helps eliminate toxins and encourages both good health and glowing skin. The lymphatic system is an important part of your body’s immune system that is often overlooked during healthcare maintenance. It consists of a network of hundreds of lymph nodes, as well as vessels and tissues that help the body detoxify. It also does the important job of transporting white blood cells throughout the body and removing waste and other unwanted materials. On the face and neck, lymph nodes are concentrated around the jaw, under the chin, and down the sides and front of the neck. When the lymphatic system has become overtaxed, you experience a buildup of fluid and toxins in these nodes. The result is puffiness, dull complexion and uncomfortable pressure around the eyes. Manual drainage of these nodes speeds up detoxification, boosts the immune system, and gives skin back its healthy glow.

Why is manual lymph drainage necessary?

Lymph nodes only move when muscles contract and your facial muscles don’t get a lot of exercise throughout the day. Because your lymphatic vessels drain toward gravity, swelling can be a real problem for the nodes as toxins collect. Manual lymph drainage assists the lymphatic system by providing movement while working against gravity to clear the blockages. This is especially helpful to combat allergies, sinus infections, illness, and even acne. Detoxifying also helps you feel more alert and energetic and makes your body more able to fight off those office colds before you get sick.

How does a lymphatic drainage facial work?

Unlike therapeutic massage, which targets muscle groups and may need firm pressure to release tension, a lymphatic drainage facial requires a very light touch. Your therapist will gently massage your face in upward motions, targeting the lymph nodes to encourage drainage. A moisturizing serum prevents unnecessary friction on the skin, so even the most sensitive skin gets an immediate boost without discomfort or irritation. This facial also addresses dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, as well as sculpting the jawline and improving complexion. As with all forms of massage, you’ll want to make sure you stay hydrated afterward to help your body flush out the drained toxins.

When is the best time to get a facial?

While you will see the most benefit from regular treatments, you should schedule a facial when you’re feeling under the weather or notice tell-tale signs of impaired lymphatic function. Signs to watch out for are swelling or dark circles around the eyes, puffiness around your jawline or noticeable swelling in the nodes themselves. This facial is also an excellent choice for immediate results and relaxation, so don’t hesitate to schedule yourself an anytime treat at Organic Elements Spa in beautiful Medford, Oregon.