As you may notice on my Instagram account, I often use beauty tools when I am masking and washing my face. I’m such a believer that we’ve added quite the variety of beauty tools at our Beauty Kitchen Boutique in Boulder City. Tools are vital for many reasons and have been used since ancient eastern times.
Gua Sha tools and Facial Rollers are two tools I want to highlight because they are great for increasing circulation by bringing blood and nutrients to the surface of the skin, helping to increase collagen production and reduce water retention from your cheeks, jawline, and anywhere puffiness occurs for you (for me it’s the eyes).
Gua Sha tools come in all shapes and sizes but refer to jade, rose quartz, crystalline, and other semiprecious stones carved to have a firm, flat surface. Here are some instructions for proper use of a Gua Sha tool, because who doesn’t love directions?!
-Before you start, do your normal cleansing routine, add a facial gel mask or serum, a few drops will do. Don’t use the Gua Sha on bare skin. I suggest using our Lavender Infused Relaxation Mask or Red Seaweed Tightening Mask as a base.
-Start on your neck, repeating each upwards motion five times.
-Always work upwards and towards the lymph nodes.
-Use the largest plain of the tool on your neck and cheeks.
-When using the tool on your forehead, do upwards movements and horizontal movements, never downward strokes.
-You can use your Gua Sha on puffy eyes by gently dragging the tool from the corner of your eye outward, both under the eye and across the eyelid. Another method is to place your Gua Sha tool in the freezer for a while then to hold it under each eye for 30 seconds to depuff.
-Use the heart-shaped part along your jawline to relieve tension.
-You can also use the heart-shaped part on either side of your cheekbone.
-Use enough pressure that you feel you’re working your face muscles, but not so much that it hurts.
-Your face might go a little red, don’t worry, a little redness is normal because you are stimulating blood flow.
-Use the flat edge to stretch the muscles and skin around your mouth area.
Similarly, Facial rollers also come in different varieties, often made of various crystals or semi-precious materials. Here are instructions on how use a facial roller:
-Step 1: Prep your skin.
Before you reach for your roller, you’ll want to prep your face. You can easily squeeze a facial massage into your by using a jade roller after you’ve applied your favorite serum or night cream to your skin. Looking for a morning perk? Wake up and roll to nix puffy skin and give your face an instant jolt, or use the roller to spread your serums evenly across your skin before moving on to your moisturizer.
– Step 2: Begin with your neck.
The key to jade rolling your neck is to move upwards with gentle pressure. Start at your neck or clavicle and move upwards from there. Apply gentle pressure to your neck and slowly move upwards. You’ll want to target the sides of your neck and just under your jawline. Press and move slowly up your neck and to the base of your chin. This soft massage gives your neck a stress-relieving massage, while also promoting circulation, which helps with pesky puffiness in your face.
-Step 3: Transition to your face.
Now it’s time for your facial muscles to get in on the action. Whether you’re rolling your cheeks, chin, or forehead, you’ll want to roll outwards, away from the center of your face, towards your hairline, to really get your circulation going. Start on either side of your nose, pushing outwards as you roll. A light touch is key –if you press too hard, the jade could accidentally rupture capillaries and leave you with tiny red marks on your face.
-Step 4: Use the small stone for your eye area.
If you’ve got a double-sided roller, switch over to the small stone. The added dexterity makes it easy to target any puffy under-eye circles. Simply roll from the inner corner of your eye out. Since the skin under and above your eyes is extra delicate, you’ll want to use caution when treating these areas–no pressing too hard or rough movements!
-Step 5: Clean your roller.
If you used your roller to apply moisturizer or serums, you’ll want to sanitize your roller with soapy water before you tuck it away for later use. Squirt some gentle soap or baby shampoo onto the stone, then roll it under warm water. Finally, roll it out on a towel to dry.
If you haven’t tried any skincare tools yet, then I suggest giving our store a call and getting one! We have a special going on right now, when you spend $75 or more on rose quartz tools, you can get a free Valentines item of your choice! Call 702-331-1371, and our girls will be happy to walk you through what we have and which would be best for your skincare needs! We ship anywhere in the US.
Do you have any favorite skincare tools? Tag me @askheathermariannablog and let me know. Have any questions? Always feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the question section on my blog homepage.