Self-care comes in many forms, and just as it’s important to explore new perspectives, it’s beneficial to introduce new rituals to upgrade your normal routine. ‘Gua sha’ is a term that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine and East Asian cultures, where stone tools have been used for centuries to massage facial tissue. Facial massage clears internal heat and stagnation, improves lymphatic drainage, and reduces inflammation. Use Plant Alchemy’s jade gua sha tool whenever you need to relax your muscles and move energy after a long journey. Pro tip: place your stone in the refrigerator a few minutes before use for an extra-sensory experience.
Apply a few drops of facial oil to the palms of your hands and gently pat or massage onto face. Hold the gua sha facial tool with the curved side to your face and glide it gently up and out, moving in a constant upwards and outwards motion towards the hairline from neck, jawline, chin, and mouth. Use as frequently as desired on face and body, under eyes, and on lips.