Why We’re obsessed: Gua Sha & Gemstone Rollers
Gua Sha and Gemstone Rollers are still ‘a thing’ for a reason: they work! But with so many on the market, how do you choose which ones to use? In this article, we look at the brand, Earth Harbor, and how their products help reduce anxiety, stimulate circulation and can be used for lymphatic drainage massage.
While gua sha massage tools and gemstone rollers are certainly not new (they’ve been used in China for hundreds of years), you may have only started to notice them in magazines, on social media and in Gwyneth Paltrow’s hands over the last few years.
While many beauty fads come and go, we understand why gua sha and gemstone rollers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon! They offer a soothing at-home skincare experience with numerous benefits.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- What gua shua is
- The uses and benefits of gemstone rollers
- How to choose a gua sha tool and gemstone roller
Scroll down to learn more.
What Exactly is Gua Sha?
In traditional Chinese medicine, gua sha is the practice of using a flat massage tool to scrape the skin in an effort to improve circulation, relax muscles and reduce inflammation. Essentially, it breaks up fascia, the connective tissue around muscles, which then prompts the body to repair it by making more collagen. Usually made of jade or rose quartz, it is believed that gua sha tools and massage technique can also help stimulate stagnant energy aka your body’s ‘chi’ which can result in better over-all health.
Some women use gua sha tools to help relieve engorged breasts that are overly full of milk, while others swear by them to help relieve tension in their neck, scalp and face. While there are no formal studies or evidence to support these uses, it’s also quite popular among those who suffer from migraines.
The Uses and Benefits of Gemstone Rollers
Naturally cool and soothing, gemstone rollers are used on the face and neck in an upwards/outwards motion to help reduce puffiness, invigorate blood circulation and to give the appearance of refined pores. They can also be used as a great way to help your skin absorb serums and oils.
Ideally, gemstone rolling is done daily as part of your skincare routine. Designed with a large and small stone, you can do under the eyes and as well as your whole face as a way to reduce dark circles, stimulate collagen, encourage lymphatic drainage, and eliminate toxins.
An important thing to note: Be sure to properly clean your roller so you’re not potentially spreading bacteria onto your face and neck.
How To Choose A Gua Sha Tool and Gemstone Roller
At The Tot, we are incredibly particular about what goes on and in our bodies. While a gemstone roller might look safe, it’s important to consider that the metal parts may have traces of lead or other heavy metals. There’s also the quality of the gemstone to consider. When shopping for a anything that goes on your skin, always read the ingredients, ask about the quality of the stone and find out if any metal parts contain any potentially harmful contaminants.
After reviewing third-party testing and trying out numerous rollers and massage tools, we were thrilled to discover the brand Earth Harbor and their incredible skincare line. Founded by a health toxicologist and herbalist, Earth Harbor makes non-toxic, synthetic-free, plant-based skincare products. When used in combination with their 100% Grade A gemstones and heavy-metal safe roller, the result is amazing.
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