Changing the skin has a lot to do with product, diet and lifestyle. BUT on top of that, skin tools are a great way to get that extra boost by driving product, draining lymph, increasing blood flow etc. Each of these tools benefits the skin in a different and unique way. So in the name of Kinda Obsessed, it’s only fair that I officially spill the beans.
First up? Jade Rollers. Jade rolling feels euphoric on clean skin as a facial massager – especially around my jaw line which tends to hold a lot of tension. Use the small end around your eyes and temples and the larger end for the bigger parts of your face.
But jade rolling isn’t just a feel-good practice – when you use it right, you can see immediate results. Jayde Covenant, spa manager and aesthetician at Alchemie explains, “It revs up circulation, de-puffs, improves skin elasticity and since it promotes lymphatic drainage, it’s detoxifying.”
Julie Clark, founder of Province Apothecary clarifies, “The bodies lymphatic system has a few main functions including being responsible for ridding the body of toxins through lymph fluid which carries waste away from tissues via an extensive system of vessels. A buildup of lymph fluid in the face can result in dull, tired-looking, puffy skin.”
I don’t know about you but as I get older I am retaining more fluids under my eyes and in my face. It’s so bad. Sometimes I wakeup in the morning and wonder, Did Mike Tyson come and go ape on my face last night? If you are like me, don’t worry, jade rolling (and gua sha) can both help to instantly reduce the puff.
I like this video that talks about the benefits of jade rolling, how to roll and especially how to target lymphatic drainage. Bookmark it, it’s a good one.
Full disclosure, I’ve definitely been caught using a jade roller on my forearms, hands and neck too. For someone who sits at the computer a lot it’s like a mini spa sesh! My friend keeps hers in the car and uses it any chance she gets. You can even try storing your jade roller in the fridge before using it for a cooler experience.
In addition to the benefits listed above, Jade rolling also helps oils penetrate the skin better driving nutrients and skin food.
The jade roller I have usually sells for $45 but you can pick up the Ginger Chi Jade Roller here for $24!
This year I fell in love with The Empress Stone. Gua sha is hitting the beauty scene hard in 2019 and if you haven’t tried it yet, you must! Follow along with Wildling co-founder Britta @britta_beauty or check out Wildling for some how-to tutorials (free and paid).
What is gua sha?
It’s a face massage using a specific stone with an emphasis on lymphatic drainage. Britta says it offers an intensified re-patterning of habits in muscles and tissue, helping to remove metabolic waste, environmental pollution, and chemicals that may have entered into the body through conventional beauty products, tap water, or an overuse of plastic.
The results ARE INSTANT and it’s pretty much a holistic version of Botox which Harpers covers in this 8 page spread. Britta Plug launched Wildling Beauty with plant alchemist Jill Munson and acupuncturist and herbalist Gianna De La Torre with the intent to help women access the benefits of gua sha at home.
Not all gua shas are created equal…
Now there are several gua sha stones on the market. But not all are created equal. The better ones are made of precious stones like rose quartz or jade while some of the cheaper versions can be made of colored glass. Most have several different shaped sides intended for different parts of the face. But Wildling is the only tool (besides Cecily Braden’s $130 Nephrite Jade Gua Sha Stone which I’ve used too and the Lanshin $120) that I’ve seen with a comb edge. This edge is effective at lifting, draining and at lightening hyperpigmentation and reducing fine lines!
And The Empress Stone is actually custom crafted out of Bian Stone which contains over 40 trace minerals that contribute to optimal heath. I love gua sha because you can actually SEE the results. A truly natural way lift, brighten and care for your skin. One try and you will be convinced!
Facial Dry Brushing
Daily Glow Facial Dry Brush – Maybe you guys have heard of dry brushing for the body but have you heard of dry brushing for your face!? Well, let me introduce you. Facial dry brushing is something you can do first thing in the morning – and the benefits are endless including reducing fine lines, dark circles, puffiness and giving you an instant glow.
I absolutely LOVE Julie Clark’s video on how to dry brush effectively; waking up the glands and stimulating the lymphatic system. An all around great tool for detoxifying, exfoliating and brightening. Plus did I mention how good this feels!?
UPDATE: This post was first published in March 2018 and updated in January 2020. Initially it included a micro roller on the premise that by breaking down the skin, the skin is stimulated to build itself back up giving it a smoother, plumper and firmer appearance. HOWEVER, after learning more about micro needling and talking to my esthetician, I’ve discovered these tools can actually do just the opposite by creating trauma, scar tissue and hyperpigmentation. I no longer use nor promote the use of derma rollers, micro needling, micro rolling or anything in that vein.
Photos by Monkey + Squirrel