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Lymphatic drainage eye massage to help with puffiness, dark circles and milia

Whether you’re experiencing eye strain from staring at a screen all day or mild swelling or puffiness from lack of sleep or discovering milia (tiny white bumps) finding their way up to the surface - an eye massage can help relax the eye muscle and improve circulation.

The process of increasing flow under the skin within the fascia is helpful not only for puffiness and dark circles but also for buildup. Since things like milia can be caused by underactive cellular renewal and processing (sometimes this is just age or other times its metabolic slowness). I feel this process wakes everything up and notice less congestion and overall smoothness.

We’ve created our own eye massage ritual that can fit into any facial care routine or on its own. Perform daily, weekly or any time your eyes need some love.

Products

We don't offer a specific eye cream as our products are multi-functional and find massage to be the best way to support common concerns.  These are all offered in mini sizes which are perfect when only using them for eye care.

Our favorite product to support the delicate eye area is the Ambient Moisture Liquid. It’s a featherweight moisture serum with no added essential oils and contains Horse Chestnut, which is well known to improve the skin under the eye. Perfect to strengthen the skin while being gentle, giving just the right amount of slip to perform a lymphatic drainage massage to help with puffiness and dark circles.

If you prefer oils for massage, our First Light Brightening Oil offers more functional support around collagen building and discoloration.  As a lighter weight oil it provides enough slip to prevent tugging at the skin. It absorbs well, making it supportive for most skin types.

For those who prefer a richer formula and not prone to milia, the Renewing Concentrate is rich in firming botanical compounds to add a bit more plumpness.  This blend also supports collagen production and softens discoloration.

For Milia

The Illuminating Exfoliating Serum is gentle enough for the eye area and can help with those prone to milia.  We recommend adding this a few nights.  Pair with the Ambient Moisture Liquid for massage.

Other considerations if experiencing excessive milia, be careful with heavy balms and oils.  Limit their use to occasional evenings when the skin is dry.


The Eye Massage Ritual

Lymphatic drainage eye massage diagram

Start by moisturizing the skin all over, use 1-2 pumps of serum and press onto the face, neck and chest. Follow the massage steps using the provided visual guide and instructions above.

Step 1:
Apply one pump of liquid to your pointer and middle finger tips. Using soft pressure (not pulling at the skin) make tapping motions starting from the center of your brow bone moving out, then under your eyes (along the cheekbone) towards your nose.
Do this 5x to help bring blood flow to the area.

Step 2:
Take your thumbs and place them on the inner corner of your eyebrows and press firmly upwards and hold for 3 seconds.

Step 3:
Take your ring finger below the brow bone, glide outwards toward your temples with light pressure 5x.

Step 4:
With your pointer and middle fingers glide above the brow bone towards the temples with medium pressure 5x

Step 5:
Hold each of the following positions for 3 seconds. Pinch the inner corner of the eyebrows, the middle of the eyebrows, and the outer corner of the eyebrows.

Step 6:
With your ring finger, start on the inner corner of the eye, and drag lightly in an outward motion to the sides of the face. Repeat 5x

Step 7:
Complete with a massage on your temples using your index and middle fingers for 10 seconds.

Bonus:
For an extra relaxing experience, incorporate a cold compress (for redness prone skin) or a warm compress (for dull skin) at the end of the ritual. Simply run a washcloth under cold or warm water and place on your skin for up to 20 minutes (lying down).

Repeat ritual 2-3x

Comments (1)

  • Diane Donald on Feb 05, 2024

    Very informative and facial chart and steps for the regimen amazing.

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