Facial massage tools are fast becoming coveted in skincare, but what are they, exactly, and what do they do?
Using gentle massaging techniques, tools can help to sculpt and maintain the youthfulness of your skin and face by massaging the muscles and encouraging facial toxins to eliminate. This allows your face and neck to look instantly more refreshed and polished. Consistent use of facial tools over time will maximize their benefits, encouraging your complexion to plump and glow in all the right places while resisting the effects of aging.
Facial Massage Physical Benefits:
- Increased circulation, which causes the skin to visibly plump, helping to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Increased lymphatic drainage, which moves toxins and stagnant fluids towards the body’s natural release points. This helps to de-puff the face for a more refreshed look.
- Massaged facial muscles, which helps to release tension and subtly “sculpt” your features.
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How to use a gua sha tool for facial massage:
Step 1: Facial massage is most beneficial when used after your skin is cleansed and toned, and after you’ve applied your serum, oil, or both. Oil and serum textures help to minimize friction and tugging so the tool can easily over the skin.
Step 2: Following the arrows on the chart below, apply firm yet gentle pressure with the edges of the tool to massage your face and neck. Work from the center of the face outwards in even strokes. Repeat the same number of strokes on both sides of the face for a balanced and lifted effect.
- Forehead: Using the concave edge of the tool, hug the brow bone and move outwards towards the temple. With any linear edge of the tool, sweep the surface of the skin in short strokes upwards towards the hairline. Continue this motion across the forehead to the temples.
- Under-eye area: Using any outwardly curved edge of the tool, begin at the inner corner of the eye and gently sweep along the eye socket towards the temple.
- Cheeks: Using the concave edge of the tool, follow along the cheekbone with broad strokes from the nose outwards towards the temple. Repeat the motion across the entire cheek area with the linear edge.
- Jawline: Begin at the center of the chin and massage in one continuous motion along the jaw bone to relieve muscle tension. Once finished with the jawline, make one long sweeping motion from the center of the hairline down to the upper jaw and earlobe. This allows for the best circulation and drainage to occur prior to doing the neck.
- Neck: Move the tool from below the earlobe down into the neck, towards the collarbones to encourage drainage to the lymph nodes.
Note – Be careful to avoid applying too much pressure with the tool, as this can cause bruising and capillary breakage, among other damage. Gentle strokes are the best and most effective.
How often should I use my gua sha tool?
Consistent gua sha massage over time will deliver the most visible results by helping to support your skin’s regenerative efforts. We recommend using your gua sha tool at least twice per week, working up to daily use.
Which gua sha shape is best for me?
Herbivore’s Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool comes in two shapes: heart and teardrop. The shape that’s best for you is the shape that looks the most satisfying to use on your particular features. If de-puffing is your primary goal, the teardrop shape might be the most appropriate for you, and if sculpting is your goal you might try the heart. The shape that’s best for you is truly a matter of personal preference.
- Teardrop/wing: The outwardly-curved edge helps sculpt and reduce the appearance of puffiness in areas like the jawline and cheekbones, the inwardly-curved edge hugs your natural facial shape to promote lymphatic drainage, and the scalloped edge provides gentle pressure and massage.
- Heart: This guy’s a hugger! Playful curves love to curl over jawlines and eye sockets with ease.
What are the similarities and differences between facial rolling and gua sha tool massage?
Facial rollers and gua sha tool massages both increase circulation and lymphatic drainage while decreasing muscle tension, and both help to maintain the skin’s health and youthful looks.
The difference between—added benefit of using—a gua sha facial massage tool versus a facial roller is that the shape of a gua sha tools are more effective in “sculpting” the features through more targeted movements. If you’d like more direct massage under the cheekbones, for example, or firm pressure on the brow bone, our gua sha massage tools will come in handy.
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