Incorporating a facial massage into your beauty routine might be one of the best favors you could do to your skin. And you don’t need to be a professional for this, especially if you own a tool to help you out. In that sense , I’ll talk you through the use of precious stones in your beauty routine, how it could improve the looks of your skin and the differences between different types.
THE BENEFITS OF PRECIOUS STONES IN YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE
Precious stones have been used in the beauty rituals of women for centuries. A massage with them can alleviate tension in muscles, tone and lift complexion, kick the lymph system into gear, shifting toxins and blockages. The latter should lead to in improved contour naturally. Not to mention that better product penetration takes place as well, and the effect of facial masks and eye masks get improved to. Natural stones are also believed to have different spiritual effects.
HOW TO USE THEM
There are three popular ways of incorporating precious stones in your beauty routine. One is by using the Instagram famous face roller to perform a facial massage. Directions of rolling are always upwards and outwards of the face. Downwards goes the direction only in the area in front of the ears where the lymph flows. This helps fluid drainage.
Other one, used in ancient Chinese medicine, is the Gua Sha stone, which helps release tension and improve blood circulation through stroke movements, following the same directions – upwards and outwards. Both the roller and the Gua Sha I usually use to help pure vegetable oils penetrate deeply into the skin.
The third type of precious stone tool is a Chi Therapy Mask for improving fluid circulation in the eye area which provides a relaxation and can be used during a meditation, and early in the morning to help drain puffiness. It’s nice, but it’s more of a luxury for the working women, as you generally need to lay down wearing the mask for 10-15 minutes. But it’s a nice experience when you have time to meditate.
*Precious stone tools can be warmed in warm water prior use or cooled down in a refrigerator depending on what feeling you seek.
WHAT FACIAL ROLLER TO CHOOSE
Choosing a facial roller by type of precious stone is mainly up to personal preferences. Most popular are jade and rose quartz. See below for different types and the differences.
Jade is a naturally cold stone which provides a very relaxing feel. However, it also warms naturally when rolling, and warmed Jade emits far infrared rays that penetrate the body at a depth of 5.5 – 6 inches. Far infrared light is completely safe and does not cause sunburn or skin damage. We feel this type of light on our skin, but perceive it as heat. Jade is known to produce negative ions, which encourage cell metabolism. It also can help counteract electromagnetic radiation put out by devices such as computers, cell phones, and microwaves– making it a needed amulet in today’s world.
Ancient Egyptians believed that Rose Quartz crystals had anti-aging properties. It is thought that Goddess Isis would gather rose quartz crystals by the Nile River and use them to keep her skin clear and wrinkle-free. These beautiful soft pink crystals are also commonly known for their powerful vibrations to heal the heart from sentiments of lost love, anger, resentment and jealousy. Rose Quartz is believed to also lower stress, raise self-esteem, restore confidence and balance emotions. The Rose Quartz crystal is packed with minerals (including magnesium, iron, and oxygen) that help reduce inflammation and support renewal of skin cells.
Black obsidian is a stone born out of lava. It’s a protective stone that shields and protects against negative energy. Black Obsidian roller will help counter all negative energies that affect our skin and mind as well as enhancing compassion for both ourselves and others. It can be useful for those who tend to react emotionally.
White Opal is associated with optimism, good luck, and enthusiasm. Furthermore, White Opal is a great stone for enhancing self-worth, confidence, and self-esteem, as well as helping you reach your full potential both in your personal and professional life.
Clear Quartz is the most universal stone. It has healing and skin-calming properties. Clear quartz has a very high silica content, which is an important mineral for our skin health.
MORE ABOUT THE CHI FACIAL MASK & GUA SHA
The coolness and heaviness of the jade helps relieve sinus issues, closes pores and reduces puffiness and wrinkles. Also a good use for meditation, the jade helps calm the soul and brings about deep relaxation and tranquility.
Gua Sha refers to this ancient technique for massaging the face in a “scraping” motion. This treatment will smooth the look of wrinkles, improve skin tone & texture, firm the face contour, brighten complexion and detoxify. It is said to reduce the appearance of redness and breakouts.
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