Your ritual for lifted skin with our White Jade Gua Sha
We’re back with the second part of our Self-Care At Every Age series, and today we’re tackling a subject everyone wants to know more about: how to get your skin looking more lifted. But before we start, I wanted to share a few thoughts about the de la heart approach to aging… and that approach is 100% pro-aging. Anti-aging? That’s not our thing! If you know me, you know I’m all about celebrating women at every stage of life. When I look at the older women in my life, from my family to my beautiful neighbor in Miami who is 102, I’m literally in awe. They say that growing older is a privilege, and that may be a cliché, but it’s true!
And of course, everyone can age the way they see fit. Maybe you’re into “tweakments” like Botox or filler, maybe you’re all-natural, maybe you’re somewhere in the middle. It’s all good, the key is to do what feels right for you and to incorporate self-care rituals that help you make that mind-body connection.
The secret to lifted skin at every age:
Boosting circulation with Gua Sha
Just in case you’re not familiar with Gua Sha, it’s an honored part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), in which a practitioner uses a Gua Sha tool to “scrape” areas of your body, in order to boost circulation, reduce inflammation, move along stagnant energy and promote healing. The same principles apply to facial Gua Sha, but the “scrapes” or strokes are much more gentle, so we don’t damage the delicate skin on the face.
One of the amazing things about Gua Sha is its ability to boost circulation and give your face a more sculpted and uplifted look. The reason is that when you gently massage your face with a Gua Sha tool like our White Jade Gua Sha, you’re helping any stagnant fluid to get moving. This minimizes the appearance of puffiness, so your facial contours look more defined. Know how your face tends to look a bit puffy the morning after a salty meal or a few glasses of wine? Doing your Gua Sha ritual can help you get your cheekbones back and give your face an instant lift!
Gua Sha can also help promote your body’s natural collagen production, which is especially beneficial as we get older. Collagen is a protein that makes up your skin’s “scaffolding” and it’s what gives your skin healthy-looking firmness, elasticity and bounce. Collagen production naturally slows down with age, but stimulating blood flow and oxygen to the skin through Gua Sha can help promote production of this essential protein.
Before you begin your Gua Sha ritual, always prep by applying a hydrating oil like our Organic Jojoba Oil or Sweet Almond Oil. This will allow your tool to glide effortlessly along your skin. Use the smooth edges of our White Jade Gua Sha to glide the tool over your face, working in gentle upward motions to get your circulation going. The White Jade Gua Sha also has an edge with teeth (like a comb), which provides extra friction that brings blood to skin’s surface. You can use this edge on any area where lines and wrinkles are a concern (like tech neck or brow furrows), but make sure to the tool gently over the area. When it comes to pressure, less is more!