An FLD (short for facial lymphatic drainage) is a type of massage that uses soft and slow pumping motions directed toward the lymph nodes to eliminate toxins, fluids, and waste in a natural way. As a result, the face is less swollen and brightened––and what’s not to love about that?!
Read on below to learn more about the increasingly popular technique:
WHAT IS AN FLD?
To understand facial lymphatic drainage, it’s essential to understand the lymphatic system: AKA, a network of vessels and other organs that keeps body fluid in balance. Lymph, the clear fluid that travels within the lymphatic system, helps deliver vital nutrients while pushing away toxins and waste. Basically, it helps aid the body's natural detox process.
Therefore, an FLD (short for facial lymphatic drainage) is a manual treatment directed at boosting the lymphatic system’s natural function. This gentle massage targets the lymph nodes and drains toxins, encouraging your system to deliver *fresh* nutrients to your face’s skin cells.
WHAT DOES AN FLD DO?
The benefits of an FLD massage can be endless. They include a better appearance of the skin, a reduction in acne, less oily skin, the appearance of a younger, tighter face, better blood flow, reduced dark circles, reduced wrinkles, and unified skin tone…to name a few!
If you suffer from allergies or any sinus complications, a lymphatic drainage facial can also help evacuate some of that fluid and clear the airways–a great way to release tension during allergy season!
Conditions such as morning puffiness, acne, dryness, dullness, and even skin sensitivity can be improved by the simple act of regular lymphatic stimulation. All by simply helping the body do what it's meant to do: heal!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU MASSAGE YOUR FACE?
Facial massages can usually be done as often as desired, as they are non-invasive and gentle. You can get a lymphatic massage in many medispas or holistic treatment centers, but a brief, daily home massage can provide the same relaxing experience and benefits the lymphatic system just as much.
HOW TO PERFORM AN FLD AT HOME
To begin, we suggest oiling the face for a smoother glide. Start by massaging the skin in circular, upward motions. Start at the base of the neck on the sides, which is where your lymph nodes are. Continue to knead your skin in gentle circles upwards, towards the jaw, up the sides of the face, and around the eyes–and voilà!
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The BSE Team