I just got home from traveling for a few weeks with Jack and am so happy to get back into my normal routine. As much as I love all of the new experiences that travel brings, my body tends to fluctuate when I travel. I particularly notice a difference in my face. A combination of change in time zones, delicious meals packed with sodium, and dehydration leaves my face with nice, puffy *designer* bags under my eyes, puffy cheeks, and a swollen jaw. Since I love traveling, trying new delicious salty meals, and staying up late.. I decided to look into a few facial techniques that would help minimize the puffiness I was experiencing. I learned this technique from Rebecca Faria, a friend of mine that specializes in lymphatic drainage massages. The best part about this technique is that it only takes 2 minutes and it doesn’t require any gua sha, jade rollers, or face tools.. You just need two things; your hands and your moisturizer. This is the only “depuffing” facial routine that you can see real results in just under 2 minutes.
Let’s Get Massaging!
The key to depuffing the face is to make sure you massage and open your lymph nodes before beginning the facial. This step is really important because it gives the toxins and water retention in your face somewhere to go! If you immediately dive in with your jade roller to sculpt your face without this first step, you are essentially just moving the toxins around instead of sending them to an “exit”. There are four lymph nodes to open before beginning the massage-
- The area just above your clavicle at the base of your neck
- Right in front of your ears
- On the sides of each nostril
- On the inner tear ducts of your eyes
4 Steps to De-Puff
Opening the lymph nodes is simple, be sure to be gentle with your touch. Begin by applying your preferred moisturizer or face oil on your face and neck. Take your middle or index finger and gently press 5 times in each area mentioned above. I like to use a gentle rolling motion when opening the lymph nodes and am always sure to be very light with my touch around the eye area. Next, you’re going to grab your moisturizer and apply it on your neck and hands- it’s important to make sure you’re using a lot of moisturizer when you’re doing this because you don’t want to tug and pull your skin. Once you’re moisturized and have your lotion on hand we’ll begin the massage.
- Glide four moisturized fingers down the neck with firm pressure x 15 reps
- Glide your pointer and middle fingers along your jawline ( the middle finger just below the jaw and the index finger on top) x 15 reps
- Glide the inside of your index finger just under the apples of your cheek up to your ears x 15 reps
- Glide your middle finger from the temple down to the inner corner of your eye x 15 reps
- (extra step) in quick motions, glide the middle finger in an upward stroke along the forehead
Here is a video tutorial. I will do this massage before bed and first thing when I wake up before applying makeup. If I’m feeling *extra* puffy, I will melt an ice cube on my neck, under my chin, and around my eyes before beginning. I’ve seen so many great sculpting tools trending online, but this massage is even more effective and will sculpt your face if you do it consistently. If you’re interested in learning more about the lymphatic system click here.