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What is a lymphatic drainage face massage ? How to use face massage tools

Since Clarins opened its first spa in Paris 70 years ago, founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins’ exclusive lymphatic drainage facial massage techniques have been used by our Beauty Experts to optimize the performance of our anti-aging formulas, provide sensory pleasure, and produce visible results that are immediate and long-lasting.

Our exclusive application methods have evolved over the decades helping to release toxins, nourish, visibly firm, hydrate, cleanse, refine skin texture, and visibly lift without rubbing or stretching the skin. We encourage our customers to try our face massage methods at home. After all, with so many years of spa experience, we know it’s not just what you put on your skin, it’s how you apply it.

The skincare benefits of lymphatic drainage face massages

Lymphatic drainage face massages not only support the skin’s microcirculation for a rosy glow, they also help naturally cleanse the skin by releasing toxins that lead to puffiness, dullness, and inflammation.

A face massage roller or Chinese Gua Sha tool promote lymphatic drainage to visibly lift, sculpt, firm, plump, relax muscles, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Face massages also make way for better absorption of skincare products like serums, moisturizers, and lotions. If you don’t have a face massage tool, your hands can also be used for a refreshing face massage.

What is a lymphatic drainage face massage

A lymphatic draining face massage is an ancient technique that flushes out toxins to de-puff the face, decongest, ease tension, and boost skin’s glow. Over time, waste can build up in facial tissues. Lymphatic face massage speeds the removal of toxins from the face and transports them to the lymph nodes where they are filtered out and eliminated.

How to do a face massage

Gentle stimulation of the acupressure points in the face through a lymphatic facial massage can be achieved with the fingertips and heels of hands, or facial massage tools including Clarins’ Resculpting Flash Roller or Precious L’Outil 3-in-1 Facial Massage Tool- both are proven to visibly reduce swelling and puffiness in the face, enhance hydration, and promote a healthier-looking, more radiant complexion.s

How to use face massage tools

With 70 years of spa expertise, Clarins- the expert in face massages--has created the 2 best tools for lymphatic facial massage.
Clarins’ 2-in-1, spa-quality, Resculpting Flash Roller is inspired by Chinese Gua Sha. It visibly lifts, sculpts, contours and boosts skin’s radiance--instantly revitalizing tired-looking skin on the cheeks, jawline, and around the eyes.
Here’s how to use the face massage roller:

  • Prime your face for the massage by applying a facial moisturizer.
  • With the multi-angled rollers, apply light pressure to cheeks, eye contours and forehead—from the center of the face outward. Place the rollers under the chin and glide down the neck, using back and forth motions.
  • After applying a moisturizer or face oil, glide the curved edge of the Gua Sha side over the chin and toward the ear, maintaining gentle pressure to improve lymphatic drainage. Repeat 5 times.

Clarins’ luxurious L’Outil 3-in-1 Facial Massage Tool mimics the facial massage techniques developed at our Spas to enhance the anti-aging benefits of Precious La Crème and any other anti-aging Clarins moisturizer. The unique shape fits naturally into the hand to visibly firm, lift, and provide a deeply relaxing anti-aging experience at home.
Here’s how to massage your face with Precious L’Outil:

  • Prime your face for the massage by applying a facial moisturizer.
  • Apply pressure in circular movements on your chin and above your lips using the side of your finger tip.
  • Apply pressure in circular movements starting under your eyes working outwards. Continue across the cheeks, over and between the eyebrows.
  • Using the crescent moon side of the tool, make gentle smoothing movements on each side of the face:
    • Starting under eyes toward the ears three times
    • From the mouth toward the ears three times
    • From the chin toward the ears three times
    • Upwards over your forehead starting from the center of the eyebrows
    • Down the neck on both sides
  • Finish by using the cushion side of the Precious massage tool to glide:
    • Under the eyes toward the ears
    • From the nose bridge toward the temples
    • From the chin toward the ears.
    • From the eyebrows to the forehead
    • Across each side of the forehead.
    • Down the neck

How to use Clarins’ 100% manual lymphatic draining face massage method while applying face serums or lotions

Use this hands-on technique twice a day: quickly in the morning to kick-start your day; more slowly at night to create a feeling of calm before going to sleep.

  • WARM--Bring product to skin temperature by warming between your palms, so that your skin accepts it instantly,
  • APPLY--Use the natural weight of your hands to distribute the product evenly over your face and neck.
  • DRAIN--Gently press onto your skin to enhance circulation, revive radiance, and promote a healthy looking glow: repeat 3 times on cheeks, 3 times on forehead, 5 times on neck and décolleté.

Don’t feel comfortable giving yourself a face massage yet? Our expert beauty coaches and estheticians are happy to help over a live virtual consultation. To experience the Beauty Experts first hand, visit a Clarins Spa in person.

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    Dispense a dime-size amount of Double Serum into your palm. Warm the mixture in your hands to bring it to body temperature, so that your skin accepts it instantly.
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    Use the natural weight of your hands to distribute the product evenly over your face, neck and décolleté.
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  • 3


    Use Clarins’ Draining Pressure Method to enhance circulation, revive radiance and promote firmness. Repeat: 3 times on the cheeks, 3 times on the forehead, 5 times on the neck and décolleté.
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    • Relax and unwind before going to bed.
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      Mix and warm

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      Use the natural weight of your hands to distribute the product evenly over your face and neck.

    • 3


      Use Clarins’ Draining Pressure Method to enhance circulation, revive radiance and promote radiance. Repeat: 3 times on the cheeks, 3 times on the forehead, 5 times on the neck and décolleté.

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