To circulate the fluids of our face in a natural way, different practices are possible. The ancestral Chinese practice of gua sha and lymphatic drainage has become the most recent and most popular natural beauty technique on the Internet.
Lymphatic drainage targets the lymphatic system, which is a part of the body’s immune system where vessels carry toxins, cellular waste and water. There are many different types of treatments for lymphatic drainage, like cupping, that can help reduce inflammation and increase blood flow but using a gua sha is an easy and affordable method with amazing results.
What is a gua sha ?
The gua sha, a small and flat tool, normally made out of stones like jade or rose quartz is used to stimulate the body’s lymphatic system. When pressure is applied to the tool and dragged against the skin it releases facial and muscle tension while also helping to drain the face of excess liquids and toxins. Using a gua sha on your face can decrease puffiness and create a natural facial contour.
How to use a gua sha ?
Gua shas must always be used with face oil. Any kind of oil will do and is pertinent when using a gua sha, in order to not put any unnecessary pressure on the skin which could increase the aging process. After coating your face with oil, use the edge of the tool with slight pressure and move it in an upward motion on your face. Some of the major benefits of using a gua sha are the production of collagen, stimulates blood flow and the lymphatic system, decreases inflammation and decreases dark circles.
Other methods for lymphatic drainage
Along with the gua sha technique there are other effective methods for lymphatic drainage like cupping and dry brushing which have both been popular recently in the beauty world.
Cupping is the practice of using shallow glass cups to suction the skin on the back of the body to stimulate blood flow and decrease inflammation. Historians believe that the practice of cupping has its origins in Ancient Egyptian and Chinese cultures.
Dry brushing is also another at home beauty practice that works to remove toxins from the body by scrubbing the skin with a dry natural fiber brush. This practice also increases blood flow and helps stimulate the lymphatic system by removing dead skin cells through the body’s pores.
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