If you've been browsing and juggling with the idea of adding a Gua Sha ritual into your routine, you've probably heard or seen the term 'Lymphatic Drainage' somewhere. But many might wonder - what exactly is lymphatic drainage and how does a beauty routine has to do with your lymphatic system?
You're at the right place today as we're going to explain all you need to know!
What exactly is a lymph anyway?
Lymph is a colourless, clear-to-white fluid containing white blood cells and cells that attack bacteria in the blood.
Lymph comes from blood plasma. The lymph vessel forms a network of branches that reach most of the body's tissues. The lymph vessels work with the veins to return fluid from the tissues.
OK... what about the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. Lymphatic system's primary function is to transport lymph throughout the body.
However, unlike circulatory system where your heart acts as a pump, the lymphatic system lacks a pump and requires manual nudging when it feels stagnant. That's when Gua Sha and other massaging techniques come in, where it can stimulate the circulation and with the pressure of the Gua Sha, it relieves facial tension when moving lymph fluids.
So why are we only hearing about this now?
This originated from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach. Often in Western medicine, lymphatic healthcare is often swept aside until it becomes an issue. Recent studies have found that taking care of your lymphatic system is equally important as taking care of the rest of your health systems.
Although lymphatic drainage is largely popular in TCM with Gua Sha, it's usually with your shoulders, neck or your back. Using Gua Sha as a facial massage and manual lymphatic drainage has been recently picked up by skincare lovers such as ourselves - where we reap the benefits of Gua Sha with healthier skin, healthier immune function and even better mood!
How would Facial Gua Sha help?
More than 30% of your lymph nodes are in your head and your neck. Hence, Gua Sha in those areas can have a big impact on the wellness and health of your skin. If you're looking for a holistic approach to clear skin, fade fine lines, puffiness and boost glow naturally, Gua Sha might just be your new best friend.
While Gua Sha could be done on a daily basis, spending 10-15 minutes sitting down and committed to Gua Sha can be a tough routine to follow for many fast paced lifestyles. But fret not - Beauty Roller is the 'lighter' version of a Gua Sha and the perfect tool for a quicker, easier and no-brainer skincare tool which could help you with a more gentle type of manual lymphatic drainage.
Hence, we've built and recommended a routine to follow suitable for most lifestyles: a daily dose of Beauty Roller and a weekly affair of Gua Sha!