Benefits of an At Home Lymphatic Drainage Massage (It Costs You Nothing to Do at Home!)

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Learn how to do a lymphatic drainage massage at home and see before and after lymphatic drainage massage results from our team!

woman holding neck showing off glowing face before and after lymphatic drainage massage

You’re not going to believe your eyes!

Find out the benefits of a FREE & easy lymphatic drainage massage at home. Plus, see our before and after lymphatic drainage massage results!

Note that we are not medical professionals so you should always consult a doctor if you’re unsure of starting a new routine. If you have any underlying health conditions you should always consult your doctor first. 

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Ever wake up looking like Will Smith having an allergic reaction (check out this scene from Hitch for a better reference  😂). A puffy face and eye bags are enough to bring down your whole day.

Whether you inherited under-eye bags from your mom or they’re just an occasional occurrence, you don’t have to put up with them anymore or break the bank on filler injections that will only last a few months. A lymphatic drainage massage works wonders and this anti-aging hack is easier than you think. You can totally do it at home!

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What is a lymphatic drainage massage?

A lymphatic drainage massage is when you stretch the skin and apply pressure around your lymph nodes to release fluid. Your body is full of lymph nodes that contain fluid from the face down. Fluid buildup causes swelling in all kinds of places you don’t want it – particularly the face. These massages focus on these important areas where you hold stress and fluid may build. The results can be relaxing and very beneficial too!

Check out this lymphatic drainage face before and after once I did my first round of massages. 

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woman showing off glowing face with hands out to side before and after lymphatic drainage massage

I’m always up for trying any at-home anti-aging hack that could save me money and make this tired mama feel more awake. So I gave a lymphatic drainage massage a try and now I’m OBSESSED with this easy way to start my day!

I don’t have hereditary sleepy eyes or undereye bags so my decrease in inflammation and fine lines may not be the most impressive results, but I certainly felt so revitalized! Plus, I’m someone who carries a lot of tension in my face (especially my jaw when I sleep) so I found this new-to-me technique to be extremely helpful in relaxing.

woman giving herself lymphatic drainage massage before and after

There’s so much more to lymphatic drainage massages other than de-puffing eyes. (Although other friends of mine have shared some seriously unbelievable depuffing results!) The best part of all is that it costs you nothing to do at home!

So if you’ve seriously contemplated filler injections to remedy puffy bags, try this easy lymphatic massage that’s usually done twice a week to keep hundreds of dollars in your pocket!

Remember, this is not a cure-all for dark circles and discoloration.

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Check out the benefits of a lymphatic drainage massage:

  • Depuffs under eyes
  • Gives skin a glowy appearance
  • Eases tension in the body
  • Reduces stress and fatigue
  • Improves cellulite and stretch marks
  • Reduces water retention
  • Helps with allergies and sinus issues
  • Among many more depending on the area of your body you’re massaging!

Here’s how to drain fluid from under eyes and do the best lymphatic massages at home:

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Use a good facial oil.

You’ll want to use a hydrating moisturizer or oil during the massage. Unrefined, organic coconut oil is naturally anti-microbial and safe for your skin. Since your fingertips need to easily glide over your skin, this will be the perfect consistency to use when you do your massage.

Consider this under $7 jar from Target! You can also use this lymphatic drainage oil on Amazon which has over 47,000 5-star reviews!

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Wear appropriate clothing…or none at all.

You won’t want to get oil on your nice clothing and some of the techniques you’ll be doing will require your hands to work in areas around your neck and collarbone. A tank top, robe, towel, or no clothing at all will work best.

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Nail the massaging technique.

We love this DIY facial detox massage tutorial from Dr. Mona Vand on YouTube. The massage actually gets started at minute marker 2:50, but she also offers tons of insight on how to properly perform the massage. Plus, she goes into even greater detail about all the incredible benefits of a lymphatic drainage massage before and after!

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The other thing to keep in mind about these types of massages is that they’re intended to be gentle. You should not experience any irritation, discomfort, or extreme redness when performing these techniques at home. Also, if you start to feel your nose running or something running down the back of your throat while performing these massages, that’s totally normal and typically means it’s working!

You should try doing these massages about twice per week for the best results. The best time to perform your massage is before you start your day.

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Try it at a spa.

Lymphatic drainage massages are a popular anti-inflammatory alternative to reduce swelling and contour the face. Many have even replaced the use of Botox and other fillers with the treatment. If you’re not in the mood to lather up and rub your face for 30-40 minutes at home, find a spa near you that offers the treatment. Lay down, relax, and leave the rest to a pro.

Hip Tip: We love Groupon where you can often find deals at spas near you! This means you could potentially save BIG on a lymphatic drainage massage and an afternoon to relax.

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Before you fork out hundreds of dollars on costly facial treatments, do your wallet and face a favor by indulging in this genius anti-aging hack.

woman holding back hair showing off glowing face from lymphatic drainage massage before and after

If your results are anything like mine, your skin will look smoother, more vibrant, and less inflamed. Lymphatic massages can be extremely beneficial and are a relaxing way to start your day. As with anything, be sure to check with your doctor.

Psst…and don’t forget to drink lots of water once you’re done to keep those toxins moving! 💦

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 27

  1. Kelly Barker

    JUst an FYI that there are serious dangers to this- please consult a physician. Also- I have to do this every day as I have lymphadema caused by cancer treatment- I have terminal cancer. Just an fyi to consult a dr…can also have side effects… please GOOGLE it if you dont beleive me.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for mentioning this word of caution, Kelly. ❤️ Thinking of you!

  2. lelia

    I agree this is something a doctor should be consulted about!!! Why would you put this on here hopefully this isn’t gonna be a new thing

    • Imthatmom

      Completely agree. Very irresponsible.

    • Alli

      If done lightly, it’s very safe. They’re not promoting anything crazy. It’s natural de-puffing like gua-sha or dry brushing. I think some of you are confused.

      • Samantha

        I agree..if you don’t like the post just move on. no one is making you rea it.d

  3. Imthatmom

    Maybe some sort of disclaimer should be put at the top of this post? The blogger is not a medical professional. I get that this site is about saving money but suggesting something potentially dangerous without a disclaimer to consult a Dr first is really irresponsible.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the feedback, Imthatmom. We’ve added a note to the top of the post in regards to this massage technique. 💗

  4. Coco

    This is not a new thing at all. I’m from Japan and benefits of lymphatic drainage massage has been known for decades!! A great article👍💆

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Good to know that it’s a common practice there, Coco! 🤗 Thanks so much for sharing! So happy you enjoyed this post! 💕

  5. margy

    Very irresponsible!!! Why would you recommend this ?

  6. SugarMama

    Thank you for the information and techniques. There may be certain circumstances where people may not be able to benefit from this massage technique directly. That being said, those individuals in their health care regimen, are also told to not obtain massages, acupuncture, facials and other forms of these techniques. A disclaimer may appease the above nelly’s.
    These techniques are very valuable to those in the world that do in fact spend hundreds a month on anti aging and wellness techniques (not speaking for myself, I am just a healthcare professional). This is beneficial and some of these techniques have been utilized for cold relief and sickness dating numerous decades back.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for sharing this feedback, SugarMama. ❤️ We’ve updated the post to include a note on consulting with a healthcare professional if there are concerns. 🤗 Great to know that it helps alleviate symptoms associated with colds and similar illness. I’ve definitely used similar techniques on my own for sinus pressure. 💗

  7. acarlson511

    Dislike everything about this post. I don’t follow for sex appeal or medical advice. Hip2save you can do better than this, you always have!

    • Alli

      Lol. I liked the post. Sex appeal? I have no idea which article you just read, but it couldn’t have been this one. You can always unfollow!!

  8. JMMPA

    I have lymphedema and went for treatment with a certified lymphedema /occupational therapist. Please consult your doctor and get a referral to a specialy trained therapist.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing this warning, JMMPA. 💕 We’ve added a note to the post on this.

  9. Wendy

    This was a very unexpected article…

  10. Nancy

    I’m not sure why there are so many negative comments, it’s not like they’re promoting crack! In my opinion, this is a $ saving way to improve one’s appearance if they’re inclined to do so. We are NOT being forced to try this. I appreciate this post and will try it, just like I try stretching, tapping, breathing, etc…

    • Sarah

      Agreed, Nancy. And I feel that the above ppl have their panties in a bunch. Wow. This isn’t their site; they don’t own it. This site can contain any cool thing Hip2Save wants.

  11. Barbi

    Dear Sara….I would be happy to get half the results of what you promote. You have a gift of natural beauty. Thanks for sharing your secrets. I like to think of Hip2Save as a bunch of my friends who have a gift of gab and spill the beans about everything! Sometimes I follow and jump off the bridge with them and other times I do my own thing. None the less, I love them and go with the flow. Thanks for everything you do and say!!!!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      We sure appreciate you, Barbi! 💕 Thanks so much for being a Hip reader and friend of ours throughout the years! I’ll be sure to pass along your sweet comment to Sara! 🤗

  12. Mirela

    Thank you for this post! I started to watch and do face yoga massage on YouTube, there I found about the lymphatic drainage. Thanks again Jessica, I would love more posts like this one!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Mirela! Glad this post was helpful for you! I’ll be sure to pass along your suggestion to the team! 💕

  13. DSharpe

    I appreciate this article. I found it helpful. As someone who suffers occasional sinus infections, lymphatic massage helps relieve the symptoms. Beauty benefits aside, gentle massage helps with so many ailments. Thank you for helping to keep us healthy at home.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, DSharpe! 🥰 Happy to know how helpful these massage techniques are for you when you have sinus infections. ❤️

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