Recently facial rolling and gua sha have become quite popular. This ancient Chinese medicine tool has made a revamp and is now an up and coming beauty tool to be excited about.
These tools are most commonly known to revitalise your face and skin while aiding in lymphatic flow to the face and neck. By creating micro trauma and enhancing blood flow and oxygen to your face it helps to support collagen and elastin production. They can also reduce swelling, ease tension and stress, and allow for deeper penetration of skin care products.
When understanding the skin, many issues arrive for stagnation and poor circulation of Blood and Qi as well as lymph. A lot of people have been talking about lymphatic drainage recently and what exactly does that mean. The lymph system is important for flushing of bacteria and toxins from your system. And if we think about that for a minute....Less toxins means healthier, brighter looking skin! When the skin becomes stagnant, infections, acne and poor quality skin occur more frequently as well as pigmentation, inflammation, and slower healing.
Therefore rolling or massaging with our face rollers or gua sha can help stimulate the lymph flow, and circulation, support detoxification of the skin, even out the skin tone, support elasticity and collagen production, giving you that make up free glow *Consistent, long term use is necessary to see results and results may vary.
Gua sha and rolling are known to improve circulation of blood to the face, bringing with it new oxygen and nutrients, as well improving collagen and elastin production, giving your face a new found glow.
Both the gua sha and roller tool can be used in a similar way, although the the gua sha is used commonly for lymphatic drainage and contouring the face as well as used on the neck and shoulders in times of pain and stiffness. I personally prefer this tool as it is more diverse in how you can use it, and the different shaped edges are used for different areas of the face, molding to the contours of the forehead, temples, cheeks, jaw and neck more easily.
The roller can also be used for lymphatic drainage and is more or a relaxation tool that glides easily over the face. The larger and smaller rollers are used for different areas, with the smaller roller better to relax around the eyes and target around the nose and lips.
In saying this, both tools can be used in the one session or you can choose which one you prefer to use.
Many people choose the tools according to their preference of colour, if your like me, I love the rose quarts tool as its pretty, and pink!
But when buying a set, you may also want to decide on a couple of factors:
Rose quartz is often said to radiate loving energy, while jade is both soothing and purifying
The rose quartz tool is naturally cooler in property. It retains its cold feeling, soothing and cooling the face as you use it. I generally recommend the rose tool for people if they are prone to inflammation and red, dry or irritated skin.
The jade tool is adaptive in its' temperature properties, meaning that it will get warmer, adapting to the temperature of your skin as you use it. This is not a bad thing, it just means the get less of the cooling properties. I will recommend that people put their jade tool in the fridge before use, for 10-20 mins, to cool their tool and benefit from the gentle, cooling sensation this way.
You can you your tools any time of the day. If your a morning person, incorporate it into your morning routine to begin the day feeling fresh.
If your more of a night person, like myself, make it a part of your sleep routine and wind down activity, de-stressing for the day
Many people are confused or unsure how to use their products at first. Many people end up damaging their skin or not doing it properly, finally deciding to give up.
A few tips:
If your like me, I am a natural kind of girl all the way. I don't have fancy, expensive products. If you understand the dynamics of the body and the importance of keeping a clean, healthy environment not only around you but for your internal being, you would opt for natural products more regularly.
It may seem like expensive, chemically produced products give you better results. But in the long run, too many chemicals and synthetic products build up in the system, causing poor detoxification and toxic overload.
Therefore consider what products you use on your face and skin, trying to love your body from the inside out.
Below you'll see my recommendations for some facial oils I like. Please don't feel like you have to use only these products. If you have a favourite facial product that works well for your skin, stick with that!!!
Rosehip oil is by far my favourite oil to use with these products and preferably organic. It brightens and evens out your complexion and reduce hyperpigmentation due to its vitamin C content. It helps to regenerate and heal the skin, while also aiding in collagen production and elasticity. It is also rich in Vitamin E, and therefore calms and soothes irritated skin in cases of eczema and rosacea. It is a great oil as it is beneficial for all skin types, having low comedogenic properties.
Almond oil is a rich antioxidant oil that is great for calming the skin and supporting skin rejuvenation. It will aid in evening out skin tone and improve the overall complexion. Almond oil is also known to protect the skin from harmful uv rays, and supporting the reversal of any damage that has happened to the skin as a result.
Jojoba oil is very similar to the skin's natural sebum, sharing the same molecular structure as the natural oils found in healthy skin,. This ensures vital nutrients and antioxidants are absorbed and therefore supports restoring appropriate balance to the skin. Jojoba is full of essential fatty acids and antioxidants as well as vitamins A, D and E, which gently supports the regeneration of skin cells.
Coconut has always be hailed as a holy grail of oils. But for some people it isn't the best option for a facial oil. It may be useful in helping acne prone skin due to high levels of linoleic acid, while the lauric acid content may work as an antimicrobial. But in saying that, coconut oil can be too heavy for some skin types and clog the pores further.
Hyaluronic acid is an important molecule involved in the keeping moisture within the skin. It has the ability to retain water in the skin, deeply hydrating it. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our skin, keeping it refreshed and stable, as well as encouraging skin cell renewal. As we get older, we tend to lose this valuable molecule, leaving us with drier faces, and leading to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid also acts as an antioxidant, protecting the face from the external environment and its harmful effects. There are many products out there now containing hyaluronic acid, I always opt for a natural one when I can. Brands such as The Ordinary are popular these days.
Retinal is a form of Vitamin A. and known as a powerhouse for reducing wrinkles and fine lines as well as preventing them. It may assist in slowing down the ageing process and support the production of collagen, It is also well known in cases of acne. It is wise to start easy when using a retinol product as it can cause a reaction for some people. It's best to begin sparingly and work up to more frequent use. It is not advised to be used in pregnancy as well. I like the brand Eco oils for a more natural form of retinol.
I hope that this info answered all your questions and you will now feel confident in using your new beauty tools.
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Follow the link below if you'd like to watch some quick tutorial videos about the gua sha and rolling tools.
Note: I don't explain clearing the neck and lymph before beginning the facial routine.