Rose Quartz Facial Roller and Guasha

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Rose Quartz is said to help unclog the Heart Chakra, letting go of stress and negativity that can cause tension in the muscle, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.  It is used to influence a softer, more radiant completion and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  

How To Use Facial Roller

There are two different ways to use the roller.  One is in a gentle downward movement.  This is detoxifying and stimulates lymphatic drainage.  The second, is in a more vigorous and rejuvenating upward movement.  This stimulates circulation and oxygenates the skin.  I tried my hardest to verbalize these directions.  If they're confusing, watch my video for a clearer explanation.

Benefits of Detoxifying Facial Rolling:

  • Calms inflammation

  • Reduces puffiness in the face, especially the under eye area

  • Stimulates detoxification

  • Stimulates lymphatic drainage

  • Promotes product penetration

Detoxifying Facial Rolling How To:

  • Start at the base of your neck. Gently roll in a downward motion from ear to clavicle. Repeat 3x then move to the next section, working across your neck from the ear to the center line.

  • Move to the center of your chin. Roll out from the center towards the hair line. At the end of your third pass toward the hairline, drain the lymph by rolling down the side of the face toward the clavicle once. Continue this pattern, rolling horizontally across the face 3x then draining once down perpendicular to your previous movement, as you work your way up the face.

  • At the under eye, use the small end of the roller. Roll 3x from the nose toward the end of the brow. On the last roll, finish by drawing down the side of the face to the clavicle. Repeat these movements just under the eyebrow.

  • Lastly, gently roll from the center of the forehead toward the side of the face 3x, draining down to the clavicle on the last pass. Repeat this moving up the forehead.

  • To finish, repeat your last draining movement 2-3x more.

  • Repeat on other side.

You'll notice a constant need to swallow.  This is very normal during lymphatic drainage and a good indicator you're doing it correctly.

 

Benefits of Rejuvenating Facial Rolling:

  • Boosts circulation and oxygenates the skin

  • Brightens the complexion

  • Tightens pores

  • Reduces wrinkles

  • Plumps up the skin

  • Promotes Product penetration

Rejuvenating Facial Rolling How To:

  • Start at the neck. Roll from base of neck to jaw line in an upward roll. Your pressure should be medium to firm. When you get to the jaw, give a little flick. Repeat this 5-10x as needed, then move to the next section. Repeat till you've reached the center of your neck.

  • Next, roll from the chin to your ear just under your jaw line, chiseling definition at the jaw. Repeat 5-10x.

  • Move up to the center of your chin, rolling from chin to ear in a slightly upward angle. Repeat 5-10x. Repeat these movements working up the face, finishing under the eye.

  • Now, move to the forehead. Roll from your brow toward your hairline in a vertical upward movement. Repeat 5-10x. Repeat these movements working across the forehead.

  • Repeat on other side.

Erasing Wrinkles

During the Rejuvenating Facial Rolling sequence, you can use the smaller roller to fine tune any areas you'd like to focus on, such as around the eye (crows feet), between the brow (11 lines), the forehead, and above and below the lips.  Hold the skin taught with the opposite hand and use the roller as an eraser, rolling back and forth across the line (perpendicular +).  This stimulates blood flow to the area, plumping the skin and diminishing wrinkle depth.

 

Pro Tips

  • These stones tend to stay cool on the skin even after vigorous use. However to intensify this sensation, pop your roller in the freezer for 20 mins before using it. The cool stone will help to calm the skin during your lymphatic drainage and will feel especially lovely on puffy eyes.

  • Use your gemstone roller over a sheet mask or hydrating face mask to intensify your treatment and promote deep hydration.

Gua Sha

You may have spotted a gua sha tool on your Instagram feed before. But it’s far from a passing skincare fad. Gua sha (pronounced “gwa sha”) is a skincare tool used for facial massage. The boomerang-type shape allows you to utilise the different angles and sides to target different areas on the face for a deep massage. 

“It’s been widely practised in China for thousands of years,” explains Katie Brindle, founder of Hayo’u and Chinese medicine practitioner. “‘Gua’ means to press-stroke, whilst ‘sha’ describes the temporary red flush that results.”

Alongside a long list of benefits – Stylist’s senior beauty writer Hanna Ibraheem has found it particularly effective in helping to relieve the muscle tension she gets in her jaw from teeth grinding – there are a number of ways to use them and different stones to choose from. Here, Brindle explains everything you need to know about gua sha…

Benefits of gua sha:

“I believe it’s the single most effective technique for transforming your skin. Facial gua sha stimulates the dermis to support collagen and elastin production and releases tension to relax your facial muscles. It has been shown in studies to exponentially increase circulation and aid lymphatic flow, release congestion and soothe sore eyes and skin, to brighten your complexion and leave you with a radiant glow.”

How to use gua sha:

“This is a super-quick exercise to wake up your face and eradicate all signs of sleep. Take a jade gua sha tool into the shower and use the water as a lubricant. Simply press-stroke gently all over your face for about a minute. Then you can repeat this technique before bed, using oil.”

“There’s really no right or wrong way, do what feels good. But practice gua sha after cleansing and before any night creams or moisturisers.”

If you do want a basic routine to follow, Brindle recommends:

  • Press the tool gently all over your neck, face and décolletage.

  • Gently press and hold the tool under each eye, then over each eye, with the lid shut.

  • Starting at the neck, press-stroke downwards to drain excess fluid into the lymph glands.

  • Angling the tool at 45 degrees in the direction that you want to work, use the rounded edge to press-stroke the forehead, the cheekbones, then the lips – about eight sweeps in each direction. Use the double curved end on your throat and jawline.

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