Stone instruments like jade rollers and gua sha have had some serious fame recently, and not without good reason. Firstly, they are not new—they’ve been used for ages in Eastern beauty and wellness practices. They are usually made with a beautiful and energetically charged stone such as rose quartz or jade, which retains a cooler temperature even after several passes on our warm skin, so they are fabulous for depuffing.
Gua sha tools are great for increasing circulation similarly to facial massage, as they also bring blood and nutrients to the surface of the skin. And they are instrumental in assisting with depuffing because they help promote lymphatic drainage, so stagnant water retention doesn’t hang out along your jawline, cheeks, and under-eyes.
We tapped Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker, Sophie Lonsinger, to share why she incorporates the ritual in her self-care and beauty routine and to show a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the tool.
“Gua sha facial massage is an ancient beauty ritual known to promote blood circulation, increase lymph drainage, release muscular tension, and awaken the skin from the inside out. When gua sha is practiced regularly and performed correctly, it can deliver powerful contouring and sculpting results. It is truly one of the most powerful and natural ways to strengthen, lift, and tone the muscles of your face and neck.”
Make sure to apply a serum or cream before sculpting with the gua sha.
Watch the video and shop our gua sha picks at the end.
Shop the tool Sophie used in the video: Noy Skincare Dark Green Nephrite Jade Gua Sha Stone ($130)
TIP: To clean your gua sha, simply wash it with soap and water.
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