Gua Sha has been used for thousands of years to reduce the signs of ageing. This centuries-oldÂ self-care practice involves using a Gua Sha tool to stroke and 'scrape' the skin with gentle pressure, increasing blood circulation, improving lymphatic function and stimulating acupressure points in the face and neck.
Gua Sha is known to reduce puffiness and contour facial curves, to help tighten, tone and smooth the skin, and promote a brighter, more revitalised complexion.
The facial massage that Gua Sha gives also allows skincare products to penetrate much more deeply into the skin - combine your Gua Sha session with your favourite serum or oil, and it will work that much harder for you.
A regular Gua Sha routine is a lovely way to de-stress, both physically (as it relaxes facial muscle tension, especially in your jaw, forehead and between the brows) and also mentally, as you can use your Gua Sha time as a mindful, luxuriously slow moment for yourself.
This Gua Sha tool is made from genuine rose quartz in a traditional 'heart' shape. Each of the two sides and two ends is intended for specific motions on the face. For example, you use the two-pronged end to hug the jawline and stroke upward, for a satisfying jawline-sharpening action.
We love keeping ours in the fridge - being natural rose quartz, it'll be nice and cool when you take it out to use it, and this cooling effect is great for de-puffing - especially under the eyes.
There are loads of excellent, short Gua Sha tutorials on YouTube, but here's one of our favourites from skincare guru Gothamista: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrcS5m665OM