What is Gua Sha?
Dry brushing, face rolling, and gua sha are all at the present intersection of trendy beauty and old-world wellness practices. These wellness rituals are reaching new heights of popularity thanks to the trend cycle, and for good reason. You know I'm already all about face rolling my face, so once I got hooked on that, I knew I had to give it a try. Here are some of the benefits from regular use of this ancient East and Southeast Asian technique:
- release muscular and facial tension
- move lymphatic fluid, promote drainage
- stimulate cell regeneration
I picked up this set of from Herbivore Botanicals, one in a teardrop shape and the other a square. I'm a huge fan of using rose quartz during my meditations, it increases self-love, soothes anxiety, while easing tension and stress.
Unlike a face roller [which you can catch me using in the kitchen while I make a cup of Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee after it's been chilling in the fridge while I shower], I like to use my gua sha right after showering in front of the mirror before using any products, but before using my face roller, I like to use my toner and essence first.
Especially in the morning, this is great for lowering inflammation, especially along my jaw line and on my cheekbones. Like a jade roller, use this from the center of your face moving outward, never going back and forth. Your skin should at minimum be warm to prevent any tearing or redness.
A word to the wise, these kinds of tools are not what you should skimp on. Make sure you're purchasing your tools from a reputable brand that use 100% authentic crystal, so avoid cheaper options. A few of my favorites include Herbivore Botanicals, Mountlai, and Skin Gym.