Currently, Pai customers receive a free rose quartz Gua Sha (worth £ 30) with every order over £ 65. If you're new to these clever facial massage tools, here's a quick guide to what they are and how they work.
The benefits of using Gua Sha as part of a skin care routine go far beyond just relaxing and pampering. Originally used in Chinese and Southeast Asian medicine, this method of skin scratching has been used for centuries to relieve r and support lymphatic drainage to flush out toxins and increase blood flow to the body by helping to break open the fascia. When done on the face, the technique is much gentler because the crystal slides over the skin rather than scraping it off.
There are many different pressures, speeds, edges and directions to choose from. To find out what feels good on your skin, it takes a few tries. In particular, you need to practice walking the area around the eyes very gently. The lightest touch is all you need!
How do you use yours?
End your evening cleansing routine with your usual serum, facial oil, or moisturizer. Anything that provides a smooth base and reduces friction or drag. Our favorite is Age Confidence Oil because you get the added benefit of its wonderfully relaxing fragrance.
Next, hold the curved side of the Gua Sha to your face and slide it along the jaw and chin with moderate pressure from to the hairline. Then hold the skin to the side of your nose with one hand and work the Gua Sha under the cheekbones to the ear on each side with the other hand.
When it comes to the eyes, pedal very gently. The skin under the eyes is our most sensitive. So, without pulling, roll the Gua Sha from the inner corner of your eye along the lower eye to the point where the temples meet the hairline. Then along each brow leg and up from your eyebrows to your temples. If you reach the hairline at the end of a stroke, increase the pressure slightly and give an additional moment of the tension-relieving massage. Repeat each stroke about five times in each area of the face.
Last but not least is the forehead. Hold each eyelid – then the skin between your brows as soon as you've worked on both sides – and use your other hand to roll the Gua Sha up from below the brow leg to the hairline.
Remember to clean it before you use it again – ideally in warm, soapy water. Leave it with your detergent so that you can remember it the next time you wash your face!