Lymphatic drainage for the body is a type of massage that you can receive from your beauty therapist but with that not readily available at the moment, one option is the DIY approach. Of course, a massage done by yourself isn’t quite as relaxing, but the results are still pretty impressive. Incorporating effects such as tension relief, smoothed cellulite, contoured limbs and added energy – it’s something that everyone can benefit from and should try.
What is lymphatic drainage?
Lymphatic drainage is a massage treatment that beauty therapists use to encourage trapped fluid that may cause puffiness or water retention in the body. Although it’s a treatment typically given in spas or by a professional, it can be recreated at home.
Lack of muscle movement or laying flat while you sleep can cause fluid to become trapped in your tissue on your body or face and can leave you feeling puffy. Using a selection of massage techniques and formulas you can manually stimulate the circulation of fluid, encouraging your lymphatic system to release toxins and tension in the body or face.
What are the benefits of lymphatic drainage for the body?
If you want a smoother and firmer body this is an excellent way to achieve it. The aesthetic benefits include contoured limbs, reduced puffiness, smoothed cellulite and healthier skin due to increased blood circulation. Internally, your body is said to increase immunity thanks to reduced levels of toxins, you’ll get a weightless feel and renewed feeling of energy after the treatment. Not to mention, it will contribute to your overall well-being, leaving you feeling relaxed and muscle tension eased.
Skincare Influencer @Emmahoareau describes the benefits that she has personally experienced saying that she’s found “that Lymphatic drainage body treatments and at-home techniques help with excess water weight, circulation and overall skin health. At home, I use a dry brush every morning – with long sweeps always towards the heart – to get everything moving. It’s also a great way to wake you up!”
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Like Emma, most of us can’t reach our skin therapist, which means reaching for products to recreate this procedure at home. What do you need to get started? All you need is the right techniques, know-how and nourishing products…
1. The Smoothing Body Cream
Sculpted, contoured and smooth physique, the Caudalie Vinosculpt Lift & Firm Body Cream combined with lymphatic drainage motions your body will be all three of the above.
Designed to firm and hydrate dry skin, the Caudalie Vinosculpt is made to tighten bums, tums, arms and thighs and improve the appearance of cellulite, making it perfect for this treatment! With 97% natural ingredients, you know there are no nasties where this formula is concerned. The creamy and rich texture feels so nourishing as you apply. Its non-greasy formula is absorbed quickly while organic shea deeply hydrates and helps to smooth wobbly areas. For added firmness, anti-wrinkle antioxidants like polyphenols, grape and iris extract are also included in this multi-purpose body cream.
It left my skin feeling firmer, smoother and tighter. I’m even convinced it’s had a slimming effect on my body. Used along with massage techniques the effects are boosted tenfold, improving the efficacy of the cream.
2. The Firming Milk
If you’ve ever used anything from the L’Occitane Almond collection you’ll know you’re in for a treat. Infused with almond extract, known to smooth and firm skin as well as smelling mouth-wateringly good, it’s one of L’Occitane best-selling ranges and the Almond Firming Milk Concentrate more than lives up to the reputation.
Slackening and sagging of the skin can be something that reminds you of your age but there is a solution. The firming L’Occitane milk coupled with lymphatic drainage techniques mean that you get all the benefits of this milky formula and then some. The skin-smoothing complex of walnut seed and almond extract used with a firm massaging motion will help to improve firmness, suppleness and skin softness instantly. With such a rich-melting texture you may not expect it to feel light but it does. It’s not greasy and its skin-enhancing formula will protect and improve elasticity so you can feel confident in your bare skin!
3. The Nourishing Body Oil
When it comes to an at-home massage treatment that’s going to nourish and create an amazing sensorial experience; Tisserand Aromatherapy is always the first brand that springs to my mind. A spa-like moment from the comfort of your home, the Tisserand Total De-Stress Massage & Body Oil offers sweet orange and warm nutmeg aromas diffused into your mind and body while you perfect your DIY massage technique.
Your skin will be deeply nourished and smoothed thanks to a formula that contains omegas 6 & 9, vitamins and antioxidants. Applying all over the body is easy thanks to the non-greasy spray that means you can cover all over evenly and won’t over-apply! Your skin will be smoother, muscle tension relieved and your overall mood boosted and body energised.
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