Natural Stone "Gua Sha"
My grandmother had these stone tools on her dresser, and I used to play with them as a child. She taught me how to use the stones to lightly massage my temples and to scrape my skin. "Feel that gritty feeling of sand underneath your skin?" She used to say as she moved the stone slab up and down on my back. "Those bits of sand are the toxins in your skin. If you are diligent with the gua sha then the sand will become smoothed out and the toxins are scraped away and drained from the body". Later in life, I abhorred the full body scraping treatment, but the gentle facial massage was a welcome ritual in my skincare routine.
The name gua sha — pronounced gwahshah — comes from the Chinese word for scraping. According to traditional Chinese medicine, chi is energy that flows through the body, and it must be balanced and flowing freely to ensure health and wellbeing. Chi can sometimes become blocked, causing pain or tension in the muscles and joints; thus, gua sha aims to improve circulation to move this blocked energy to relieve aches, stiffness and to increase blood flow and stimulate the lymphatic system. Using our natural stone or crystal gua sha on the face will help with circulation, lymphatic drainage and skin contouring. It is recommended to use the gua sha with facial oils or moisturizer so that overall absorption of the skincare products into the face and neck is improved. Our natural stone gua sha tools are imported directly from China and come in the colour jade and rose quartz. They now come in their own protective canvas pouch!
For mindful use:
The gua sha are perfect accompaniments for the Active Herbal Elixir,
Make sure to use a light and gentle touch while holding the gua sha tool,
Use the different curves of the gua sha for different areas of your face: wide flat edge for the forehead, small curve for the eye sockets and nose, round curve for the cheeks and jaw,
Always glide the tool gently up and out, starting from the areas at the top of your face to the bottom, around three strokes per area,
Never tug roughly at your skin.
Align your “chi”:
Jade - This beautiful green stone is cool to the touch which makes it a perfect massaging tool to smooth over your skin. Please note that this is natural stone but not actual jade as jade is a semi-precious gem that is very expensive. The cooling helps with complexion brightening, puffiness reduction, lymphatic drainage, and blood circulation. When blood is properly circulated, oxygen is carried to revitalize skin cells. Products used with the tool will also become better absorbed into the skin tissue.
Rose Quartz - Long venerated as the stone of love and heart, rose quartz has inherent minerals such as silicium, magnesium, iron, sodium and oxygen—nutrients that skin can benefit from when rolling. Ideal for sensitive or reactive skin, this stone pulls inflammation and and restores calm to the mind and body.