you know that your lymph system is vital to youthful, glowing
skin? Many people are unaware of the
importance of the lymph, or even what the lymph system is.
The lymph system is a network of vessels running through your body
responsible for removing waste and toxins from your cells. Research has proven that a poorly performing lymphatic network can
have an adverse effect on the functioning of the body and can
drastically affect your health and well being, including the
appearance of the facial area.
Many factors may cause your lymph system to become stagnant or
“stuck,” particularly in the facial area. During the day, bad
eating habits, a lack of exercise, shallow breathing, stress,
headaches and overexposure to pollution will slow the drainage of
the lymph and flow of blood. At night, when the body is in a
resting state, the lymph drainage of toxins slows down and the
waste builds up. An obvious sign of waste buildup in the morning
is puffiness around the face, particularly the eye area, as well
as a pale skin color. When the lymph is not active, tone and
elasticity are impacted, creating a loose, slack look. Wrinkles
are more prevalent, and the skin may lose its vibrant, healthy
look. Even blemishes and adult acne may be a result of a sluggish
The lymph can be stimulated by frequent facial massage and can
have a drastic impact on the look and feel of your skin. When you
press or massage any part of your body, circulation is increased
in that area. The face responds particularly well to touch, since
it is packed with many small sensitive muscles. Facial massage is
something that you can easily do yourself with very little effort.
In addition to visible results, facial massage relieves tension,
relaxes you, and restores energy to your body by stimulating the
Anyone with sensitive skin or conditions such as rosacea or broken
capillaries will also benefit from facial massage. However,
massage should be done gently and more lightly as the skin is more
delicate under these circumstances.
When it comes to face care products and the lymph system,
essential oils such as Bulgarian rose, lemongrass, ginger, ylang
ylang and rosemary effectively help stimulate the lymph. Look for
skin care products that contain one or more of these oils.
Facial Massage Technique
The following are facial massage techniques designed specifically
to activate your lymph and benefit your face and neck area. Used
consistently, you will see visible results in a short time. For
more dramatic effects, try the facial massage daily for two weeks.
Note: Always use a hydrating mask or moisturizer to create
“slippage.” Massaging dry skin causes unnecessary pulling and
Step 1. Using the outer sides of your index fingers, briskly
massage up and down on the forehead for 30 seconds.
Step 2. Using the tips of your index fingers, briskly massage the
sides of your face, from temples near hairline to the bottoms of
your ears. Massage for 30 seconds.
Step 3. Using the outer sides of your index fingers and starting
at your cheekbone area right beside your nose, “hook up” under
each cheekbone and gently “jiggle” your index fingers back and
forth. Gradually move down the cheekbone and continue jiggling to
the center of the cheekbone, directly below the center of the eye. To complete this step, using the outer sides of your thumbs, hook
up under the opposite side of the cheekbones directly under the
outside of the eye area. Continue “jiggling” until you have
reached the center of the cheekbone.
Note: This area often contains the most stagnant lymph and may
feel sore for a few days until it is cleared and flowing freely
Step 4: Open your mouth slightly, creating a slackness and a
looseness in the hollow directly below your cheekbone. Using the
tips of three fingers, gently massage in a circular motion for 30
Step 5: Using the undersides of your thumbs, hook up under the jaw
line beginning directly below the ears. “Jiggle” the skin with
your thumbs, moving down the jaw line until thumbs meet in the
center of your chin.
Step 6: Collapse your head to the left, tilting it so that your
neck muscles are relaxed on the left side. Using your right hand,
hold your four fingers straight and firmly together. Start just
under the jaw line of the left side of your face, and slide your
hand down the side of your neck and out across your shoulder. Repeat 10 times on the left side. Then do the same for the right
side. You may feel the lymph moving and, as a result, a tingling
sensation in the neck and arm area.
Typically, a facial massage once per week is recommended. However,
as a “jump start” to healthier looking skin with a vibrant glow,
you may use the facial massage techniques daily for one to two
weeks. Be sure to use a natural moisturizing mask or treatment,
such as the Restorative Rose Facial Therapy from Jakaré, to create
slippage, as you should not perform the facial massage on dry
I hope this information has been helpful in understanding the
importance of and the techniques for effective facial massage. A
healthy lymph system can have a phenomenal effect on your health
and well being, and can help create beautiful and healthy skin as
Founder, Jakaré Skin Care