While we’re all practicing social distancing, let us turn your attention to Gua Sha and getting more water into our daily wellness rituals.
We teamed up with our friends at Bella Skin Beauty to try their butterfly jade tool to practice Gua Sha. You always want to practice Gua Sha on a clean face and you should use a light oil (like rose oil for example) to created a smooth gliding surface for the tool. What are the benefits? Gua Sha relaxes tension in facial muscles which can cause lines. It’s kind of like exercise for your face — with regular use, gua sha can tone your skin and promote increased skin elasticity. This is especially helpful if you’re looking to prevent signs of aging. If you workout your body, try to workout your skin. Think of it like foam rolling post workouts, but for your face.
If you’re wondering how often you should practice Gua Sha here is our advice; if you’re looking for simple upkeep, you can perform Gua Sha anywhere from once a week to seven days a week. If you’re looking to seriously relieve muscle tension in the face, jaw or neck or diminish wrinkles, nearly every day is ideal. You also want to keep in mind when using your tool to use medium-hard pressure. You want to stimulate the muscles in your face to encourage blood flow, you don’t want to beat yourself up with the tool, that isn’t good for your skin. When practicing Gua Sha on your neck be sure to use the tool in an upwards motion. Meaning, begin at the bottom of your neck and swipe up towards your jaw. When working on your face you want to start from the inside of you face and sweep out. Demi Moor did a collaboration with Harpers Bazaar with her butterfly jade tool. Check out her brief demonstration. Although, you can find a wide array of tutorials on YouTube. To purchase Bella Beauty’s jade tool click HERE.
Now, keeping in mind that you want to keep your skin healthy and happy, water should be at the forefront of all your wellness routines. We all know how difficult remembering to drink water all day can be for some of us. This is why we love Mobot! First of all, Mobot created a water bottle which also doubles as a foam roller. We love their small bottles which work perfectly for getting in all the nooks and crannies of our neck muscles and our calves. Ugh, you know rolling out your calves feels so good. With a water bottle that doubles as a muscle tension reliever it’s really easy to keep around. To remind ourselves to stay vigilant while drinking water we tote Mobot about our day with us, and any time it gets empty we refill. When you have a water bottle that is versatile we find it makes it easier to remember to bring it around. Not to mention we LOVE all the bright color schemes available. Take a look at their site, and pick your favorite. Your skin will thank us. This is such an easy addition to your daily routine, and it creates long lasting health benefits.