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I want a perfect complexion and youthful skin, but what the hell is a ‘gua sha’?

In a routine of skincare complete, the face rolling. This technique is used to massage the face to stimulate the lymphatic system, which will reduce the appearance of puffiness and make your skin shine.

If you are a beauty lover, you will know that there are two types of tools to carry out the face rolling or facial massage: gua sha and the roller. The question is, what are they and what is the difference between the two?

He gua shaof oriental origin, is a flat stone, in the shape of what looks like a heart, and is normally made of jade or rose quartz, although sometimes they are not made of authentic jade and today they can be found in other materials such as metal.

Gua sha has been present in the dressing table of Chinese women for centuries (now also in that of Korean women) and, with its effect of “scraping” the skin, according to those who have tried it, it manages to slow down the aging process.

Not to be confused with the jade rollerwhich is made up of two parts: a larger one, intended for massaging jaws, cheekbones and forehead, and a smaller one, for the nose and eye area.

They are both facial massagers, but they achieve different results.

As he explains in his blog Dr. Gema Pérez Sevilla: “While the jade roller will make a rotation and, therefore, will stimulate the lymph towards the lymph node in a gentle way, since it only acts on the tummy of the stone, the Gua Sha “It makes lymphatic drainage much more intense, since it has more strength and more contact surface with the skin.”

Its function is to promote lymphatic drainage and stimulate muscle circulation. Used well, these tools mobilize lymph and, therefore, reduce volumes and inflammation, help eliminate accumulated toxins, improve microcirculation and, in general, the appearance of the skin.

gua sha Step by Step

Are you interested in trying the gua sha, but you don’t know where to start? Follow these steps to the letter For best results:

First of all, make sure you start with a completely clean face. This will help eliminate toxins that may have accumulated on the face and neck, allowing them to drain.

It is also recommended put the gua sha in the refrigerator or freezer, to cool it down before using it.

It is very important to use this technique correctly, with gentle movements always upwards, without applying much pressure, and applying a moisturizing cream or serum before to facilitate the process and so that the gua sha slide more easily.

It is advisable to start with the neck, since if you start with the face, without having ‘opened’ the neck first, you will not allow the toxins to be eliminated through the lymph nodes.

Start at the back of the neck, using a very gentle movement from the beginning of the spine up to the base of the skull.

Next, repeat the same movement on one side of the neck, from the shoulder to the base of the skull.

Then, starting from the back of the ear to the collarbone, use the same technique, going down gently.

Finally, start from the collarbone up through the middle or center of the neck, without using too much pressure.

When you have ‘opened’ the neck, you can start working on the face, starting with a movement from under the chin to behind the ear, repeating on both sides.

The next step is similar to the previous one, but using the movement above the chin to behind the ear.

If you want to make sure you do it right, you just have to do your homework first. The number of celebrities who rave about #guasha on Instagram is incredible. #guashafacial #guashamassage. For example, if you want to see how Kourtney Kardashian does it, here is a video so you can follow each movement, step by step.

If you are interested in investing in a gua sha or in a roller, We recommend these options.

facial rollers

Baimei Jade Roller and Gua Sha.

This Baimei pack includes both tools, and has been a ‘best seller’ in the wrinkles and antiaging on Amazon. Price: 25 euros.

Ice Roller from Beauty by Earth.

This roller from the Beauty by Earth brand It is economical and easy to use, in addition to having several functions, including massaging dark circles and relieving headaches caused by migraines. Price: 22 euros.

Clarins ‘Beauté Eclair’ Roller.

The Clarins Beauté Eclair Roller It is also a great option if you want to invest in a very good quality tool. It has qualities that will enhance the luminosity of the face in addition to providing a shaping lifting effect. And its end works as Gua Sha. Price: 39 euros.

Sephora Complete Treatment.

This Sephora pack It includes the roller, a moisturizing cream, an illuminating serum and a moisturizing and anti-fatigue cream for the eye contour. This way you will not lack anything to start using this lymphatic drainage technique. Price: 69.96 euros.

Also available at Sephora is this facial roller from the Skin Gym brand, an alternative to roller classic with the same characteristics and properties. Price: 59.99 euros.

SkinGym Sculpting Roller.

From the same brand Skin Gym (and also available on the Sephora website) you can find this ‘Sculpting Roller’ Made entirely of metal, perfect for chilling in the fridge or freezer, before use, for a greater anti-inflammatory effect. Price: 74.99 euros.

And if you are looking only for the gua sha

Gua Sha in Rose Quartz from Sephora.

This gua sha Rose quartz from Sephora’s own brand is inspired by ancient traditional Chinese medicine, and has three different sides, each to massage and work a different part of the face. Price: 12.99 euros.

Gua Sha in Rose Quartz from the Seasonly brand.

Lastly, also available at Sephora, you have this gua quartz sha from the Seasonly brand, which emphasizes the anti-aging properties of rose quartz. Price: 24.99 euros.

With just 5-10 minutes each day, you can easily transform your face anywhere. The result: Promotes lymphatic drainage; It helps to relax or relax the muscles of the face, thereby promoting skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of expression lines.

They also naturally stimulate skin collagen and help unblock areas of the face or facial muscles blocked by stress. Don’t overlook the benefits of these treatments!

If you don’t have the tool gua sha, Do not panic! There is a very similar process carried out using ordinary spoons.

And remember that, if you don’t have much practice and don’t feel up to it, you can always go to a beauty center where you will receive a professional facial massage. At The Beauty Concept, for example, you can try the japanese facial massage Kobido or the facial and manual therapy SULYFTH by Yvette Pons.

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