You can’t scroll through #selfcaresunday selfies without spotting more than a few jade facial rollers — and for good reason. These no-fuss facial tools help alleviate puffiness while calming and cooling the skin. Well, it turns out, jade rollers were just the start to our quest for a bloat-free face. If you’re ready to up your inflammation-free skin game, it’s time to introduce gua sha massage techniques to your routine. Gua sha is an ancient Chinese facial therapy using natural stones designed to improve circulation by gently scraping the skin. A stone plate like the Gulsha Rose Quartz Facial Massage Plate ($38) is used in a similar way to a jade roller but is shaped to work with the natural curves and ridges of your face. Regular use can reduce signs of fatigue and boost lymphatic drainage for a brighter, more radiant complexion. Read on for more deets and a simple guide on how to use it.
The gua sha practice of using rose quartz for beauty has been around for centuries to improve skin’s elasticity, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and increase blood circulation. Couple this tool with moisturizing serums, creams, or oils to aid penetration and jumpstart effectiveness. Ready to try it out? Use the massage plate two to three times a week for about three minutes in any one (or all) of the face massage techniques below for best results.
1. Use rounded edge (A) of the plate to make small circular motions along your lower jawline starting from your chin, up your jaw, and back up to your earlobe.
2. Use the rounded edge (A) to lightly draw squiggle lines on your forehead over your eyebrows. Use the same squiggle motion along your cheekbones and chin to awaken your complexion and increase circulation.
3. Use the rounded edge (A) to gently circle your eyes starting at the inside of your nose bridge and going counter-clockwise below your eye, around to your eyelid and then back around. This practice will decrease tension and help blood flow more evenly.
4. Use the scalloped edges (B and C) of the plate to draw straight lines upward along your lower neckline and create small circles along your cheekbones to aid microcirculation.
5. Use the scalloped edges (B and C) to draw a line from your midbrow to the outer edge of your eyebrow to relieve stress and stimulate blood flow.
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