The Facial That Brightens Skin And Reduces Puffiness

Getting a facial on a regular basis can help exfoliate, hydrate, and brighten the skin and help reduce the signs of aging by plumping, firming, and smoothing aging skin. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and charcoal masks are just some types of facials that have grown in popularity. More recently, lymphatic drainage facials are on the radar, with this type of treatment touted for its effectiveness in reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and eye bags (per Healthline).

As Cleveland Clinic explains, the lymphatic system collects extra fluid from tissues and cells (called lymph) all over the body and moves it back into the bloodstream. Lymph delivers nutrients like proteins, fats, and white blood cells that fight infections throughout the body. When the lymphatic system is blocked and lymph isn't able to circulate as it should, it can result in lymphedema. According to Mayo Clinic, signs of lymphedema include swelling in part or all of a limb, feeling tight or heavy, restricted range of motion, repeated infections, and fibrosis. Cellulite can also result from lymph blockage and, as a 2017 study in Dermatol Reports demonstrated, lymphatic drainage can reduce it. 

If lymphatic drainage can help get rid of cottage cheese skin, imagine what it can do for your face.

How your skin can benefit from a lymphatic drainage facial

Ultimately, stimulating the lymphatic system helps the body heal. Celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau told MindBodyGreen that a lymphatic drainage facial can help address all types of issues including puffiness, acne, dryness, dullness, and skin sensitivity. Master esthetician Sarah Akram adds that this type of facial can also be beneficial for people with allergies and sinuses. The facial involves gently massaging sinus areas that are blocked and swollen due to lymph buildup. Massaging can help clear those airways and provide much relief.

Because this technique is as much a targeted massage as it is a facial, finding an esthetician or acupuncturist who specializes in lymphatic drainage treatments is key. Some practitioners may begin treatment by applying serums or oils to the face and may use tools such as a jade roller or gua sha. The massage should be light and gentle, starting at the center of the face near the nose and moving down toward the collar bone, Akram advises.

Just like with any other massage, it's important to drink a lot of water afterward to ensure proper waste elimination. Flushing out toxins can be a big job for the body to handle, experts point out, so don't be surprised if you feel exhausted.