What is Lymphatic Drainage?
As the name suggests, lymphatic drainage is the process of "draining" (and circulating) fluid from your lymph nodes using massage techniques. "It encourages your lymphatic system to deliver fresh nutrients to your cells and will really wake up your skin," Vargas told POPSUGAR. The result is clear, depuffed, and glowing skin that, according to Vargas, can completely change the look of someone's face.
But the benefits — and the extent of the lymphatic system — aren't limited to your face and neck. Lymph nodes are located throughout the body, with large clusters in the underarm and groin area that are also prone to swelling. For a head-to-toe glow, Vargas offers a full-body massage option at her salons. "The treatment drains the body of excess puffiness caused by stress, lack of sleep, and travel," she said.
How is the Lymphatic System Related to Your Skin?
Everything is related when it comes to the body, and systems work from the inside out. Take the relationship between diet and skin, for example. The lymphatic system works similarly; it needs our attention to function properly. "It doesn't have it's own pump, so the lymphatic system relies on our own body movement to perform vital functions," Vargas said. "A stagnant lymphatic system will cause acne, breakouts, [and] even full dry skin."