A versatile tool for facial gua sha
Gua sha is a traditional healing technique from China that involves a small, smooth stone board 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. The release of muscular tension is particularly key, since repeated movements underlie the pesky lines that often bother us.
A regular at-home gua sha ritual is a good idea for everyone: you can complete a simple gua sha routine in a matter of minutes, and it’s an entirely healthy addiction. If you have a tight jaw, you may find that running your gua sha stone across it is the greatest thing you have done for yourself in quite some time.
This tool's material, rhodonite, is known as a "stone of compassion" that is associated with nurturing love, and each tool is slightly different in color and pattern. (If you're looking for a stone with no variation in color, we also carry a jade tool that you can find here.)
This particular tool also has special ridges that can help you target very specific areas of the face: there's a quick tutorial below, and you can click here to check out more instructional videos on our YouTube channel. You'll find them on our IGTV @aylabeauty, too.
PS If you're in or near San Francisco, book a gua sha treatment in our studio! Regular treatments can help minimize lines, provide a firming/lifting effect, smooth puffiness under the eyes, and even improve a saggy jaw or neck.
And if you can't come to us in SF, you can book a one-on-one facial consultation and massage instruction session via Zoom with our wonderful esthetician, Sarah, who has completed extensive training in gua sha and additional facial massage modalities. You’ll have a full 45 minutes to review the best products to use with your tool and learn specific techniques that you can easily fit into your regular skincare routine.
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