If you haven't literally lived under a rock, you already know the benefits of face rollers. But there is a new technique in the city called Gua Sha. But it is not exactly new. In fact, Gua Sha is older than acupuncture.
What is this exactly?
Do not be alarmed that Gua Sha means "cockroach". It really isn't as hard as it sounds.
"Traditionally, gua sha is a technique used in traditional Chinese medicine, where thin tools are used to" scrape "the skin to increase circulation and reduce stagnation in the body to promote health and healing," explains Wren McMurdo Brignac, Creative Content Specialist at Herbivore Botanicals.
All the scraping crepeats microtrauma to induce healing. "In skin care, Gua Sha face tools are inspired by this technique because they also increase blood circulation and promote stagnation. However, they should be used much more gently than in traditional Chinese medicine. "
As with face rollers, Gua Sha tools have different materials. When choosing a crystal face tool, consider the metaphysical benefits of each gem. “For example, jade stimulates and inspires, rose quartz nourishes the heart, lapis helps clear the mind, and amethyst inspires peace and quiet,” says Brignac.
The tools are also available in various forms. “When you choose a shape, you choose the tool that feels best for your face. A teardrop shape works great for long, sweeping strokes, while a heart or puzzle piece shape works best for shaping focused areas like the nose and brows. "
How does it work?
First you need to clean your face. Then apply your favorite facial oil and grab your Gua Sha tool. “Use the concave edge of the tool to hug the forehead bone and go out towards your temple. Use any linear edge of the tool to stroke the skin surface in short strokes up towards the hairline. Continue this movement across your forehead to your temples, ”says Brignac.
“To shape the eye area, use an outwardly curved edge of the tool and, starting at the inner corner of your eye, gently swipe along the outer eye socket towards your temple. Use a concave edge of the tool to shape the cheekbones and follow the cheekbones with broad strokes from the nose out towards the temple. Repeat the movement over the entire cheek area with the linear edge. To shape the jaw, start in the middle of the chin and massage it in a continuous motion along the jawbone to relieve muscle tension. When you're done with the jaw, make a long movement from the center of the hairline to the upper jaw and earlobes. Finally, move the tool from below the earlobe to the neck towards the clavicles to promote drainage to the lymph nodes. "
Don't forget your body.
According to herbalist, acupuncturist and founder of Vie Healing Mona Dan, LAc., MTOM, Gua sha also has an excellent effect on the body. "I recommend coconut oil for the body and jojoba oil for the face. For chronic problems, focus on pressing hard about 15 times and moving quickly in one direction, waiting a few seconds, and starting again. For less chronic and more for lymphatic drainage and an immune boost, less pressure and fast movement is beneficial. "
Both experts recommend using the tool daily or whenever your face or body feels swollen or stagnant.
"Gua sha not only helps keep skin looking youthful, it can also help relieve tension and improve the skin's ability to absorb products," says Brignac. Many people even see results after their first session. However, consistent use is required to maximize the benefits.