Beauty is subjective. Maybe you follow a 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine, or maybe you use a little soap and a splash of water, maybe you're somewhere in-between. To me, the most important part of my skin care is intuition. When my skin feels more dry, I'll load up on oils or moisturisers. When it's a little more oily, I'll only apply one or two or skip the oils entirely.
The most intuitive part of my skin care routine however, is the use of beauty tools. Face Rollers and Gua Sha's are simple, relatively inexpensive tools that can really amplify your skin care. I love to use them to reduce puffiness, stimulating blood flow, drain lymph nodes and to really get product deep into my skin.
So, what's a face roller?
A face roller typically consists of two tumbled crystal pieces, threaded with a piece of sturdy wire with a rod of tumbled crystal holding them together. Rollers are typically made from crystals like rose quartz, jade or amethyst but there are some out there made from metal. In Ancient China, beauty tools were made from Jade, known then as 'The Stone of Heaven'.
And a Gua Sha?
Gua Sha's are flat disks of crystal that come in varying shapes. Like face rollers, they're usually made from jade, rose quartz and amethyst. They're one of the oldest forms of traditional Chinese medicine.
How do I use a face roller?
Before you start, make sure you're working with a freshly cleansed surface, then apply your skincare to minimise pulling at the skin.
1. Always roll upwards and in one direction – never roll up and down.
2. Repeat up to five upward rolls in each area. Starting with the area under your jawline.
3. From there, roll out towards your hairline, under the cheekbones and then along them.
4. Finally, roll flat along the brows, and then upwards on the forehead.
How do I use a Gua Sha?
As above, before you start, make sure you're working with a freshly cleansed surface, thenapply your skincare to minimise pulling at the skin. Keep the tool quite flat and close to the skin, this will minimise dragging. Swipe a minimum of 3 times each area, and add product if you feel there's not enough for the gua sha to glide over the skin.
1. Warm the Gua Sha between your hands to further minimise pulling on the skin.
2. As with the roller, you only want to swipe up. Start by sweeping up the neck on both sides, then sweep up from under the jawline.
3. From the chin, sweep from the middle of the chin and over the jawline, up to the earlobe.
4. Sweep the cheekbone on both sides, and then again over the cheekbone, sweeping up towards the hairline.
5. Gently sweep under the eyes - be very gentle on this area as it's quite delicate.
6. Go over the brow area and out towards the hairline, then sweep up and out from the forehead.
Our number one tip for Gua Sha's and rollers is to keep them in the fridge or the freezer so they're nice and cooling when you apply them to the skin. It feels so good!