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Thanks to TikTok, facial tools have been trending more than ever. But before the app that churned out 15 second (impossible to learn) dances and minifluencers with too much money and too little talent discovered these tools, they were already quite popular in the East, where their origins can be found.
Gua Sha, Jade Rollers and Facial Cupping all find their roots in ancient Chinese medicine dating back thousands of years (yes, thousands). These practices are a traditional, alternative medicine and are used for various reasons and the tools can be used all over the body.
Gua Sha, the larger stone, uses a downward scraping and stroking method to promote lymphatic drainage in the face. This aids in decreasing fine lines, wrinkles, discolouration and hyperpigmentation. The lymphatic drainage also helps with increasing circulation, chronic pain relief, and yes, as TikTok promotes, can help with restructuring facial structure in a non-invasive way over time with correct and consistent use. Gua Shas must be used on a properly lubricated face.
Jade Rollers, focus on the cold stone to benefit the skin. It is best to use the Jade Roller when applying product as it helps the serum/oil penetrate deeper. The cooling and soothing stone helps reduce daily puffiness, stimulates circulation, and brightens complexion.
Facial Cupping was traditionally used in combination with Gua Sha, but benefits separately on it's own as well. Facial Cupping uses suctioning techniques to increase facial elasticity and sculpt and tone aging or sagging skin. Facial Cupping is also great in combination with an oil for rejuvenating dry and dehydrated skin and for relaxing tension in the face.
Each tool has a separate purpose. What tool fits your Ritual?
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