These days, every skincare guru/fanatic would not be caught dead without a skincare tool. Okay fine, yes, we’re being a little dramatic but have you noticed that almost every second skincare Instagram post or Tik Tok video features a gua sha or a jade face roller? If you’ve only come across these tools from a cute Instagram post then you’re probably feeling a little skeptical and think that the main purpose for these tools is to complete a flat lay image. To be honest, you’re not wrong! They’re great props but do they really have any benefit for the skin?
While some people may think it’s a gimmick, skincare tools such as gua sha and face rollers actually do a fine job at massaging the face. Not only is a face massage super relaxing, addictive, satisfying and invigorating, but it’s also quite beneficial to the skin, from lymphatic drainage to de-puffing.
The Benefits of Facial Massages
Consistent facial massages have actually shown to improve the appearance and contour of the skin and face in a myriad of ways. Massaging improves blood circulation, relaxes and tones muscle, and assists with lymphatic drainage. Increased blood flow helps to stimulate collagen and elastin production for a firmer and tighter looking skin. By consistently stimulating the flow of lymph, it actually helps to detoxify and de puff the skin through lymphatic drainage. One surprising result from facial massages is the trigger of neurotransmitters like oxytocin and serotonin from a human touch, your own. This is the reason why facial massages provide such a relaxing, deep self care feeling.
How to use: Face Roller tool
Face rollers are typically made from jade, rose quartz or other crystals. The rounded stone tips are designed to run through the face to improve blood and lymph circulation, reduce muscle tension, de-puff, tone and lift skin. Some face rollers have two different ends, a large sized stone for the forehead, cheeks, jawline and neck, and one with a smaller stone for under the eyes and around the nose.
To get the most optimal results from the face roller, the first step is to pair it with an oil or serum. This just prevents tugging and pulling the skin. The other key thing to keep in mind is to first drain the lymphs on the neck before tackling the face. When it comes to the face, the general rule is roll in an upward motion and then out towards the temples and down the neck. From the forehead, you’ll just be rolling down to the temple. Remember to always use a light hand, your face isn’t pizza dough.
How to use: Gua Sha tool
Although gua sha has only really become popular in the last year or two, it is actually an ancient Chinese practice used to relieve pain and even fevers. A gua sha tool can come in different shapes, the most common is the shark fin shape. Most of them are purposely designed to fit around the facial bones. The concave section should fit snug around the cheekbones and jawline whilst the flat edge is for the forehead. With a gua sha, you will need a well-oiled face since you’ll be scraping the skin to promote blood flow and energy redirection.
The main difference between a face roller and a gua sha is that rolling is mainly used for lymphatic drainage massage and a gua sha is a fascial release massage. It helps release muscle tightness and tension which in turn provides a really relaxing effect. Unlike a face roller, don’t put the gua sha tool in the fridge before use. The cold will constrict the blood vessels and cause adverse effects when scraping the skin.
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