If you’ve been keeping up with the latest beauty trends on TikTok, then you may have noticed that lymphatic massages have become one of the greatest facial miracles that have proven results.
Allow us to clue you in on lymphatic massages if you’re not familiar with them. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues, vessels, and organs that work collaboratively to transport lymph (a colorless, watery fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells) throughout the body. The lymphatic system, unlike the heart, does not have its own pumping mechanism. Instead, it is propelled by healthy muscle and joint movements.
“The lymphatic drainage system is a significant part of our immune system,” says professional esthetician, Joomee Song. “It directly addresses our blood circulation and helps pump out excess body fluids, absorb fats from the digestive tracts, and destroys unwanted bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi to maintain a healthy immune ecosystem.”
Song, the owner, and CEO of Faceworks Inc., recently chatted with ESSENCE to explain why lymphatic massages are more than just a trend and why we all should be adding it into our self-care regimen.
Ahead, find out what the esthetician told us about the DIY method for the perfect facial.
“Lymphatic massage is not solely for beauty purposes,” she says. “While it is an amazing way to depuff and help with facial contouring, it plays a far more critical role in our health. Before the beauty industry embraced it, its original purpose was to move extra fluid from swollen areas damaged by cancer treatment into a place where the lymph nodes work well. In addition, any form of massage that addresses healthy muscle and joint movements will help the lymphatic system.”
Benefits of a Lymphatic Massage
“When you begin to massage your face daily, the immediate benefits of releasing the tension in your facial muscles and assisting in the lymphatic draining process are…