The lymphatic system is often something overlooked when it comes to skin health.

This system is important for clearing out bacteria and toxins, which helps to open up the pathway for the delivery of oxygen, nutrients and hydration to skin cells.

Improved lymphatic flow contributes to glowing skin with a boosted complexion and a reduction in skin inflammation and acne.


What Is the function of the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is a circulatory system of lymphatic vessels that transport fluid (lymph) throughout the body. As lymph circulates, one of the things it collects is waste (bacteria, toxins and damaged cells) from inside the body’s tissues to be removed or destroyed. This system is designed to be one of the best detoxification systems our bodies have!


How does this impact the skin?

The lymphatic system is stimulated by movement and an increased heart rate. The system can become sluggish preventing circulation. This reduces the skin’s ability to regenerate and slows the repair needed for healing. It also contributes to dull, dehydrated skin.

Skin tissue that is exposed to thick lymph, that is most likely loaded with inflammatory contents, can lead to acne and inflammatory skin reactions like eczema and psoriasis.


How to improve lymphatic flow?

Exercise: Any movement that stimulates muscle contraction and breathing can promote lymphatic flow -- This is actually the most effective way! Even a 20-minute walk can make an impact.

Gua sha: By using a Gua sha tool on your face and neck, you are able to move lymph fluid to improve the quality of your skin. This has also been shown to help stimulate blood circulation, reduce puffiness and minimize wrinkles.

Dry brushing: Dry brushing the skin in an upward motion helps to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid to its desired destination. All it takes is a light application. This can be done on the face or the body.

Inversions: Inversions like legs up the wall or shoulder stands use gravity to help transport fluid from the legs to the upper parts of the body where the filtration processes take place. Inversions are particularly beneficial to individuals who sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.

Rebounding: This activity helps to aid lymphatic circulation by stimulating the one-way valves in the lymphatic system to mobilize lymph fluid. To do this, jump on a rebounder (mini trampoline) for 15 minutes daily. It may take some time to build up to this so it’s okay to start slow!

Infrared Sauna: Time spent in an infrared sauna helps lymphatic system drainage through sweating which helps clear out the system.


Other benefits to lymphatic drainage include:
Boosts immunity
Decreases inflammation
Improves circulation
Increases energy
Decreases stress
Improves digestion
Promotes hormonal balance

How to Gua sha?
Check out this video of Angelika showing
how she does her Gua sha routine!