5/24/2020 0 Comments
OK, there are...
so many different tools within the realm of beauty. To those who are new to my blog, I have been researching + made it a priority to understand the ins and outs of skincare, skin anatomy/function + the effect different ingredients have on different skin types (fun fact, skin types aren't technically a 'real thing' but I will do an entire blog post on this as well!) Skin is fascinating to me + it is an incredibly unique journey since everyone's skin is vastly different and requires its own unique routine to keep those sweet cheeks happy! Here's the deal, I love skin. I love skin care.
Anywho, I will do an updated post filling you in on who I am + my background in skincare but LET'S DIVE INTO GUA SHA!
Gua sha is one of those tools where it is safe for all to use (I am BIG on the safety/sanitary info. on tools), and I absolutely LOVE GUA SHA. It is my jam, so what are we waiting for?! Let's get skintimate with Gua Sha's.
HISTORY + background OF GUA SHA
It's incredibly important to understand the history of skincare + tools since a lot of the time these 'self-care' look alike tools stemmed from traditional Eastern beauty and wellness treatments. Gua Sha in particular, is an ancient Chinese beauty tool that was sought to have been used back in the Yuan dynasty.
Sha in english translates to 'scraping.' The tool was literally used to 'scape' the skin of those who had heat stroke or exhaustion like symptoms while working on farms in hot, hot weather (not the only circumstance but most common it seems). It would help break up lymph + help regulate your body natural cleansing abilities. Oh and by the way, at the time the 'tool' was anything ranging from spoons, animal bone, anything that can achieve that scraping motion! At the time, those using were absolutely on to something + most likely had a strong reasoning for the benefits but now we have the understanding as to why - and we can thank acupuncture for that!
Acupuncture is often used to help alleviate facial pressure points so the benefits of gua sha weren't necessarily sought after, but instead an awesome discovery! There is scientific backing showing that this pressure can help reduce inflammation + puffiness in the skin through breaking up built up fluid + in turn kickstart our ability to naturally cleanse.
WHY GUA SHA?
GUA SHA BENEFITS + BREAKDOWN + sanitary instruction
You can read my full jade roller review here (where I debunk the myths as well) but here is a quick breakdown on the difference!
Essentially, the main difference is that there are claims made that jade rollers can help with anti-aging. I personally believe this to not be true but I do believe everyone is entitled to their own opinions + i'm always open to educational conversations! I find that Jade Rollers have incredible cooling benefits + can help promote lymph drainage - I just think Gua Sha tackles it in a more effective way!
Gua sha you are shaping, sculpting + lifting on a more microscopic anatomical level. You also have more control overall.
Jade roller is great for drainage + more benefits related to the physiology (function of body structures). I personally love my jade roller for cooling benefits!
You can absolutely use both!
My breakdown of the benefits of using a Gua Sha tool
GUA SHA | traditional eastern beauty tool used to relieve muscle tension + pain in the face, neck, shoulders, promote lymphatic drainage + blood circulation.
We don't want to jam the gua sha into our skin/face but the scraping motion will not damage your skin, it is definitely important to use an oil to help the tools glide smoothly + effortlessly over the skin. Don't be afraid to use pressure based on your skin tension needs.
HOW TO USE
SEE THE TOOLs IN ACTION
MY FAVORITE TOOLS
Herbivore is hands down my favorite for most serums + jade roller/gua sha tools. They use quality ingredients that are ethically sourced, safe + effective. Their are all glass packaging as well making them a great sustainably conscious brand. Below is a great started gua sha tool! I have a few others and I love to use them in tandem based on what my skin needs!
I have linked these items through the images as well.
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