A Healthy lymphatic system is one of the key factors to glowing skin. Lately there is a lot of buzz in the Aesthetic industry about the lymph system and how it directly affects the skin. Tools like Gua Sha, jade rollers, and home massage are all over the internet showing us how to drain the lymphatic system.
What exactly is the lymphatic system?
It is a part of the body responsible for waste removal and water retrieval. It is part of the circulatory system that retrieves leaked fluids from the blood vessels and returns them to the blood. Lymphatic capillaries are more permeable than blood capillaries and collect fluid from surrounding tissues. Lymph is a transparent colourless fluid that gets filtered through the lymph nodes which filter disease-causing agents such as viruses and bacteria. Lymph has white blood cells that fight disease helping to remove waste and toxins.
Lymph nodes play an important role in our immune system and are located throughout our bodies. There are many lymph nodes in the face, neck, and décolleté area. This is what makes facial massage such an important part of the facial experience. The lymphatic system works through muscle contraction or massage to move lymph throughout the body. Liquid that does not properly move through the body will accumulate in the tissue leading to edema which results in swelling and puffiness.
Our Bodies are made up of 70% water which means everything in our system requires water to function properly. Did you know that we leak approximately 400mL of water every day?! That is a lot of water loss! The lymphatic system’s job is to return the water back to the blood to maintain proper blood volume. Without proper blood volume, our organs don’t function properly.
Poor Lymphatic function can lead to various problems in the skin. Acne, puffiness, sagging skin, rosacea, skin tiredness, hypo and hyper pigmentation can all be results of a blocked lymphatic system.
One of the best ways to assist the skin in glowing and staying healthy from the inside out is to keep the lymphatic system healthy and flowing. Drink lots of water, eat healthy foods, incorporate home massage in your facial care routine, and get regular facials by a knowledgeable aesthetician that incorporates massage for lymphatic flow.
Please feel free to connect with me to get more information on facial massages with lymphatic drainage.