Morning face is real, ya’ll.
Whether you had too much wine the night before, have your period, have a house full of pets and are in denial about a pet dander allergy (ahem), ate too much sushi, are hella stressed, or have an underlying thyroid issue … morning face does not discriminate. It will leave anyone feeling like a #puffymuffin
About a year ago I discovered a trick that helped me de-puff my face before I headed out the door in the morning… lymphatic drainage!!! When your lymphatic system is clogged, that can lead to facial swelling. I’m telling ya.. it was a real game changer for my morning face!
And good news, it only takes 5 minutes!!!
Here’s how it goes down…
Every morning before I cleanse my face, I apply a good amount of #FitRockerChickSKIN Pre-Cleansing oil (available soon!) in the palm of my hand and rub it all over my face and neckline. The pre-cleansing oil helps to massage the skin smoothly without rubbing, tugging, or irritating the skin. I mean, I’m not looking to create wrinkles in exchange for less puff, this is not a trade!
Once your face is good and coated with the oil, follow these massage tips on how to reduce swelling…
- With your ring fingers, lightly press the area beneath your eyes and move back and for in a U shape. Once you’ve got some blood circulating in that area, increase the range of motion to around the entire orbital area. Circle the area for about 60 seconds – occasionally wiggling your eyelid to encourage drainage of fluid.
- Next move to the forehead area. Using both hands and upward strokes, massage your brow bone up to hairline. Do this for about 30-40 seconds.
- For the cheek area. Using both hands on both sides of the face, press lightly as you move up and down at a diagonal, from jawline to ears. I like to keep my index finger underneath my jawline to increase drainage. Do this for about 60 seconds, and feel free to move back up to the eyes and forehead to increase the circulation.
- Moving to the jawline and neck, this is where we focus on really DRAINING. You have a lot of lymph nodes in your neck, and without this step the fluid you just moved all around your face will recirculate and not drain out. This step helps to pull the fluid out. Using both hands on both sides of your jaw, pull down the neck on all sides. Do this for about 60 seconds. Make sure you have plenty of oil at this point, add more if you need to. You definitely don’t want to tug the neck skin.
- Lastly, right beneath where your collarbone starts. Press firmly and massage downward. Do this for about 60 seconds. This area can be tender for some if drainage is clogged. Once you release the fluid, it won’t hurt.
- Wipe your face and neck off with a DRY washcloth.
- Turn your sink on to as COLD AS POSSIBLE (you can even put ice in your sink if you want to go balls out). Wash your face as usual with as COLD of water as possible! Pat dry and moisturize as per yoosh.
- Start your day with 1 liter of water
- Add electrolytes for a little extra FLUSH! (I like this brand)
- Go for a brisk walk first thing in the morning, this will help get all the stagnant fluids moving.
Until #FitRockerChick SKIN is available, you can use something like this.