As you guys know, I had double jaw surgery a few years back. Surprise surprise- I’ve talked about it a lot. Can you blame me? It was very intense. I was so inflamed – I seriously looked like the Nutty Professor, just look at the pics. I had to get really creative with techniques and one of the best things I found was facial massage. It made all the difference. In fact, I don’t know what I would’ve done without it.
I’ve talked about facial massage and gua sha before, but I wanted you guys to hear some specifics ( as always ) from Mo, my amazing facialist. She seriously knows her shit. She is so knowledgeable and so good at what she does.
If you haven’t heard of gua sha yet, let me fill you in:
“Facial gua sha is a massage technique designed to relieve tension in the muscles of the face, boost blood circulation and encourage lymphatic drainage to banish bloat. It helps break up fascia — the connective tissue that hugs muscles but can sometimes interfere with optimal circulation — and can even help to make your face look slimmer ( albeit temporarily ). Devotees swear by its ability to ward off headaches and jaw pain and brighten skin ( due to the boost in circulation ). Some even consider it a Botox alternative for its ability to unkink settled-in muscle folds.” – source
It’s so rejuvenating and repairs all your cells while fighting inflammation- which we always want. It’s an ancient Chinese practice and it just WORKS!
WARNING: if you Google gua sha, DON’T GET SCARED! Facial gua sha is different than BODY gua sha. Watch the video and you’ll get it.
GUA SHA AT HOME TECHNIQUES
Gua Sha Benefits
♡ Natural, alternative therapy
♡ Helps iron out wrinkles
♡ Improves circulation
♡ Amazing for lymphatic drainage
♡ Can be done on any area of the body
♡ Reduces inflammation ( no, but like, BIG TIME )
♡ Helps with headaches
♡ SO good for neck pain
I really love rose quartz tools the most ( so does Mo ). You can get jade too, but there’s something about rose quartz that just feels so healing & beautifying. Plus, it’s pink! You should also know that Cleopatra used to soak in a bath with rose quartz crystals – so ya, there’s that.
When doing this at home, the key is to always work from the inside of the face then go outwards. And ALWAYS scrape UP, never down. Don’t ever pull your face down. This is so important, I can’t say it enough.
It’s also CRUCIAL to drink water after any kind of lymphatic drainage. You want all those toxins to come out in your urine. Buh-bye.
Make sure you use an oil with your gua sha tools, too. You can use any kind of oil. My favorite is a rosehip oil, always cold-pressed. Elemis’ Superfood oil is also fab for this.
Gua sha is de-bloating, de-puffing, detoxifying, and it’s anti-aging. The list goes on.
Gua sha tools are great for babes on a budget. You guys know I love the Clarisonic but it hurts the bank account. If you aren’t ready for a big investment, then gua sha tools are the perfect addition to your skin care tool box.
You guys know I LOVE getting all your tips and tricks too, so if you have anything to add let us all know below.
Make sure you follow Mo on Instagram. She’s always sharing tons of valuable tips.
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AT HOME MASSAGE ESSENTIALS