Do You Gua Sha or Roll?

A ‘Lovely’ Guest Post by Darcey Blain of Kale & Daisies

So, the coolest little shops are getting face rollers and gua sha tools these days. Have you heard of these? They work wonderfully to help relieve facial puffiness and boost circulation. Gua Sha is an East Asian healing practice originally intended to break up stagnant energy and promote healing. A flat tool is pulled across the skin of the face and/or body with an appropriate amount of pressure to increase blood flow. It is used to encourage drainage of the lymphatic system and ease muscle tension. Face rollers are rolled over the face and also assist with drainage of lymph. The Gua Sha tool may have a stronger effect than a facial roller due to the nature of the technique and the different angles of the tool that can be used to focus on specific sections of skin. It decreases puffiness, lifts, and adds some serious glow. Do not use it on sunburned skin or if you have rosacea, rashes or cuts. If you want to use these tools for self care, both are helpful and the benefits similar.

The lymphatic system is a crucial part of your immune system. Through a network of hundreds of lymph nodes, it drains fluid called lymph to be transported back into your bloodstream. You can also help keep that lymph moving by avoiding or limiting dairy foods, processed foods, sugary foods, and foods high in oils. Up your intake of citrus, berries, greens, seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia, hemp and flax), herbs and spices (black pepper, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom) and seaweed. These foods possess natural cleansing properties that also energize you and keep you moving. Movement acts like a pump for your lymphatic system.

There are lots of instructions out there for using face rollers and gua sha tools. Be sure to do a little research and decide which tool is best for you. Learn to use your new tool gently. I highly recommend cleansing the skin and using a little of Moondrop Herbals’ Moisturizing Serum on your face before using your new tool. It contains organic sea buckthorn and raspberry seed oils, aloe vera, hempseed and apricot kernel oils along with essential oils of Bulgarian lavender and geranium. The serum will help your tool glide across the skin nicely, and using the tool will help with absorption of the serum’s benefits into your skin. You’ll find a lovely selection of face rollers and gua sha tools at Moondrop Herbals, as well. I hope to see you there, or for a facial soon! (More news on updated facial and health coach offerings soon.)

Please do get outside and play, wear your sunscreen and drink more water. Take care of you, yeah?

About Darcey:  Darcey Blain is a state-licensed Skin Care esthetician and certified Holistic Health Coach.  She believes that food is medicine, kindness matters, and that humans laughing, learning, and supporting one another is the reason we’re here.
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