Think of lymphatic drainage like a waste management service for your body. The big-ticket player – that is, your heart – pumps oxygen- and protein-rich blood out through the arteries and into the body’s tissues and organs. The veins carry blood containing carbon dioxide, unused proteins and other waste products back to the heart. Around 90% of the blood gets sent back through the veins.

What is “lymph”?

So what about the other 10%? This stuff is lymph, the fluid component that leaks out into the body’s tissues through the very tiny blood vessels known as capillaries. 

Here is where your lymphatic system takes over, pushing the fluid out of the lymphatic capillaries and into larger lymphatic collector vessels. These sit just under the surface of your skin. When lymph builds up thanks to excess toxins – protein, waste, cellular debris, bacteria, viruses, excess fat (basically, the festive period) – it can result in puffiness, particularly around the eye and jawline. 

Lymphatic drainage massage

You can help your system out with a light lymphatic drainage facial, comprising light strokes starting at your forehead. From the centre of the face, ensure you’re always working in sweeping motions outwards. For each movement that you’re doing, you want to be draining outwards towards the lymph nodes which are found in the bottom front and behind the ears right down the back of the neck and right into just above the collarbone.

DMK Enzyme Therapy Treatments

Skin guru Danné Montague King is at the forefront of lymphatic drainage as a beauty elixir, pioneering his cult Signature Enzyme Treatment. It changes dead cell material into a weak acid and flushes it away (a process called enzyme hydrolysation) and brings new cells to the surface.

Over 40 years has been spent perfecting DMK’s signature Enzyme Therapy treatments, utilising the beneficial effects of transfer messenger enzymes. It encourages blood circulation, oxygenation and the lymphatic drainage system while simultaneously, through reverse osmosis, helping to flush away toxins and free radicals as well as stimulating collagen production. 

The result? Plump, hydrated skin; immediate, long-lasting results – with cheekbones even Keira Knightley would side eye. Check it out in action below, or even better, book in to experience it yourself.