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Gua Sha tutorial for tired, puffy eyes

Gua Sha is a traditional healing technique from China that involves a small, smooth stone that is pressed against the skin to gently massage facial fascia, muscles, and skin while stimulating specific energy points. This encourages healthy circulation, releases muscular tension, and promotes lymphatic drainage for a more lifted, less puffy look and brighter, healthier looking skin. We particularly adore its effect around the eyes, where many of us notice puffiness. 

In this quick and easy-to-follow video tutorial, our esthetician, Sarah, uses a rose quartz sculpting spoon to help remove puffiness from the eye area. 

A few tips:

Before any type of facial Gua Sha, begin by misting your face generously and add a few drops of your facial oil to the face and neck. A few facial oils we love are M.E. Skin Fuel, Dara’s Oil, and MyHavtorn Organic Facial Oil. (Not sure which one to use? Email our Guides at help@aylabeauty.com for a personalized suggestion.)

Hold the tool at a 15-degree angle, hold the skin taut, and use light to medium pressure. Movements can be done the same number of times on each side, moving slowly and intentionally.

This spoon can be used warm or cold, and it’s particularly fun to use it at home on puffy eyes after a quick chill in the fridge or under running water. It’s an excellent addition to any collection of Gua Sha tools, like Lanshin's Nephrite Jade Gua Sha tool or Cecily Braden’s Gua Sha Stone

If you don’t have a tool on hand, follow along here with Annee from de Mamiel as she demonstrates eye massage techniques that reduce under-eye-puffiness and give the eye area a lifted look using the de Mamiel Essential Eye Fix.

Looking for more tutorials? Check out this video for jawline and cheekbone sculpting.

And if you'd like to book a virtual lesson for one-on-one Gua Sha instruction, please click here and select "In-Depth Esthetician Consultation with Massage Instruction."

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