I’m always on the look out for something new for my skincare routine, to be fair I don’t really have a routine. Some days I do everything and a bit more, and others I sleep with my make up on. (shhhhhhhhh! don’t tell anyone)
But recently I’ve been seeing a lot of skincare tools everywhere, and that’s been a little intriguing, So when I was gifted this set, I was a tad excited.
Not knowing what to do with it, and how to use it, obviously I had to research it first, and obviously now that I know so much (thank you google) I can pretend to be an expert.
The particular set that I received has a jade roller and a jade Gua Sha, and although I love my roller, I’m finding I’m seeing the most benefits in using the Gua Sha.
What is Gua Sha?
It’s a palm held flat stone in a distinct shape used for relaxing the face muscles, improving blood flow and circulation, it also helps with lymphatic drainage, and firms and brightens the skin. At my age, it called “Botox at home the natural way”. May take longer and need a fair bit of work, but its Botox without the injecting of chemicals.
It comes in various different stones. Mine is made from Jade.
How to Use the Gua Sha
Before you start anything, make sure you have cleaned your hands and the gua sha stone, its preferable to have cleansed the face too (but I know sometimes it gets too much). Apply your favourite oil or serum and then we are ready to start.
Using oil and serum will help it to glide more easily on the skin, keep the oil/serum nearby as you may want to add more as you go along.
I like to start at the neck, and preferably at the back of the neck
For this area we will be using the dipped part of the gua sha. Start at the bottom of the neck and glide it up towards the hairline. Add a little pressure near the top. Do this a couple of times.
I then go onto the side of the neck, where I use the longer curved edge of the Gua sha and do the same- I start at the bottom and make my way up towards the neck towards the jawline, and near the top I add a little extra pressure. Once both sides are done I move on to the front of the neck
I don’t particularly like doing the front- I sometimes miss it completely, because I end up feeling sick. I don’t know why I always feel claustrophobic when I touch this area. But to do the front of the neck- its back to dipped area of the gua sha, and start from the bottom and go up through the throat towards the chin and adding pressure as you go.
This for me is the main part of the gua sha. Having been born with a naturally round face and bursting cheeks, I’m forever trying to dig out a proper jawline. For the Jawline we will be using the dipped part of the gua sha and starting from the chin we go up towards the ear. Do this a few times and then do the same on the other side.
Now we move up to the cheeks. For this we go back to the longer side of the gua sha, starting from the corner of the lips pull it up towards the hairline. Apply medium pressure. Do this a couple of times before you move on to the next side.
I have found that when I do the cheeks I end up quite red faced. Do not worry about this, this is just showing the circulation.
Next up the under eye. Use the tip of the rounded part of the gua sha, and sweep up and around the contours of your under eye. Remember it is always a upward motion. Do this a couple of times and move on to the next eye.
Use the Longer side of the gua sha and this may need to be done in sections. From your eyebrows pull upwards towards your hairline, do this a couple of times and move on to the next area, you may need to divide the forehead up into 3 parts.
The whole process should take 5 minutes maximum, and should be done at least 3 times a week. This process should help in reducing puffiness and you should see a difference within a month of doing this.
If the skin does go red, do not panic too much, as long as its not painful and not over concerning carry on. The redness is due to the circulation of blood as you have allowed more circulation . However you know your own skin and pain threshold so be careful and wary as you don’t want to end up with bruises.
I love the coolness of the gua sha on my skin, nearing my 40’s I suffer from hot flushes and puffiness and it really helps calm it down. Sometimes I leave the gua sha in the fridge. The cool gua sha really helps in reducing the puffy feeling I have on my face.
Gua sha are made in a few different stones as different stone store different energies. I don’t really know what to make of that but for me as long as it has a cooling effect its enough. Mine is a jade roller and even when not in the fridge it is cold to the touch.
My Gua sha was a gift.
Here are a couple I have my eyes on.
The Jade Gua sha from Beauty Bay £10.00
Honey Belle Jade gua sha £21.00
Revolution Gua sha Rose Quartz £10.00
Do you use the gua sha or any other skincare tools?
Love and regards