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    Has anyone here tried Gua Sha? If so, do you like? We were in the city and stopped by TJMaxx, they had Zoe Ayla rose quartz gua sha tool sets for $10. Read about it a while back and wanted to try, so I pounced on it. The set costs $69.99 on the Zoe Ayla website , so good bargain. And interesting to display if I end up not using them.
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    I’ve never heard of it. What is it?
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    I’m not sure what it is, but it has been advised not to buy cosmetics at discount places like TJ(TK)Maxx, Marshall’s, Ross. You’d be better off buying drugstore cosmetics, or straight from the beauty counter.

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    https://www.google.de/amp/s/beautybo...ke-makeup/amp/

    Some products at discount stores are not the same as if you get it from the brands website or makeup counter.
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    A quick google tells me no thanks. Apparently it causes bruising and burst capillaries. I mean, I'm an old bag, but even my skin isn't bad enough that I'd endure bruising and bleeding to improve it.
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    Have never heard of whatever this is.

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    Sounds interesting:


    https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/bea...at-is-gua-sha/
    Everything You Need to Know About Gua Sha Benefits

    Whether you choose a massage or a facial, you'll love this.

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    Sep 16, 2019


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    I’m always looking for a facial treatment that will give me jaw-dropping results — without an equally shocking price tag. That’s where a buzzy treatment Gua Sha comes in. Gua Sha, also known as "coining," is derived from traditional Chinese medicine, and it might be one of the more affordable facial treatments you can buy. Here’s everything we know about it, a dermatologist’s thoughts, and a little about my own experience getting a Gua Sha facial.
    What is Gua Sha?

    “‘Gua’ means scrape, and ‘Sha’ means sand,” explains Dr. Sheel Desai Solomon, a board-certified Raleigh-Durham North Carolina dermatologist. “It’s a treatment that involves scraping a flat jade or rose quartz stone over the skin in upward strokes to relax stiff muscles and promote tissue drainage.”

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    The treatment is traditionally used in East Asian and Chinese medicine. Some might be familiar with the Gua Sha massage, which treats muscle pain and tight muscles by applying pressure with the Gua Sha tool. The results don’t exactly look pretty, as you can end up with redness and bruising as you heal. However, the results are dramatic, and some have called it the best massage of their life.
    There’s also the newer trend of the facial Gua Sha treatment, which uses a similar technique. And while it’s been used for thousands of years, it’s blowing up on Instagram this year as an aesthetic treatment to improve the look and feel of your skin.
    What are Gua Sha's benefits?

    There are claims that Gua Sha can help migraines and neck pains, among other symptoms. From Dr. Solomon’s experience, the facial Gua Sha treatment has a variety of benefits.
    “Just as our bodies experience stress in the form of shoulders hunched over a computer, or headaches from tension, our faces hold stress in the form of furrowed brows or clenched jaws,” says Dr. Solomon. “Facial Gua Sha is a massage technique designed to relieve tension in the muscles of the face, boost blood circulation, and encourage lymphatic drainage to banish bloat. It helps break up fascia, the connective tissue that hugs muscles but can sometimes interfere with optimal circulation.”
    That being said, Dr. Solomon says Gua Sha benefits haven’t been clinically studied, and she doesn’t perform the treatment in her practice. However, she says people report that their skin looks smoother and lifted after one session. And with frequent repetition, this can become part of your comprehensive skin routine.
    Okay, and what are Gua Sha tools exactly?

    This might sound like another popular trend: The jade roller. But there are significant differences, says Dr. Solomon, who suggests you trust a professional to perform the treatment for you. Performing the treatment on your own face an neck could potentially result in bruising or bursting capillaries, so it's best to leave things to the experts.
    With that being said, there are Gua Sha tools available online for those with experience using them, and you can check them out below:





    My experience with Gua Sha

    I am a total Gua Sha newbie, and only heard about it when I saw an advertisement for Heyday Skincare’s new “enhancement.” For an additional $20, I decided to add the treatment to my facial because of the alleged amazing benefits, like preventing and treating saggy skin, brightening complexion, and healing dark circles, rosacea, and scarring. My Heyday “Skin Therapist” walked me through the process, and proceeded to put carotene oil on my face before applying a jade Gua Sha tool. She gently put pressure onto my skin as she moved it from my face and down my neck.
    Unlike some of the shocking photos from a Gua Sha massage (I'm sure some facial and skin massages are more intense), this iteration was far from painful and didn’t leave any marks. My skin felt tighter and smoother for the next few days, and I am already preparing for my next Gua Sha treatment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkbunnyslippers View Post
    I’m not sure what it is, but it has been advised not to buy cosmetics at discount places like TJ(TK)Maxx, Marshall’s, Ross. You’d be better off buying drugstore cosmetics, or straight from the beauty counter.

    Edit:
    Here is one article.
    https://www.google.de/amp/s/beautybo...ke-makeup/amp/



    Some products at discount stores are not the same as if you get it from the brands website or makeup counter.
    I agree, I don't buy cosmetics or skin treatment from discounters, too risky. This stuff is a set of rose quartz skin tools, to use for facial scraping.

    Quote Originally Posted by faithanne View Post
    A quick google tells me no thanks. Apparently it causes bruising and burst capillaries. I mean, I'm an old bag, but even my skin isn't bad enough that I'd endure bruising and bleeding to improve it.
    The body gua sha causing bruising and other nasty stuff, but the facial is done gently and doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeSlice View Post
    Sounds interesting:


    https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/bea...at-is-gua-sha/
    Everything You Need to Know About Gua Sha Benefits

    Whether you choose a massage or a facial, you'll love this.

    [IMG]https://hips.hearstapps.com/rover/profile_photos/14760094-bf01-4a3a-9fe3-2a89bc7b5645_1542057309.file?fill=1:1&resize=80:*[/IMG]
    BY BLAKE BAKKILA

    Sep 16, 2019


    [IMG]https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/young-woman-have-face-treatment-at-beauty-clinic-royalty-free-image-1568140532.jpg?crop=0.549xw:0.824xh;0.252xw,0.176x h&resize=480:*[/IMG][FONT="]PETRENKODGETTY IMAGES


    I’m always looking for a facial treatment that will give me jaw-dropping results — without an equally shocking price tag. That’s where a buzzy treatment Gua Sha comes in. Gua Sha, also known as "coining," is derived from traditional Chinese medicine, and it might be one of the more affordable facial treatments you can buy. Here’s everything we know about it, a dermatologist’s thoughts, and a little about my own experience getting a Gua Sha facial.
    What is Gua Sha?

    “‘Gua’ means scrape, and ‘Sha’ means sand,” explains Dr. Sheel Desai Solomon, a board-certified Raleigh-Durham North Carolina dermatologist. “It’s a treatment that involves scraping a flat jade or rose quartz stone over the skin in upward strokes to relax stiff muscles and promote tissue drainage.”

    [IMG]https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/pink-gua-sha-massager-on-grey-background-royalty-free-image-1568140601.jpg?crop=0.668xw:1.00xh;0.333xw,0&resiz e=480:*[/IMG]

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    The treatment is traditionally used in East Asian and Chinese medicine. Some might be familiar with the Gua Sha massage, which treats muscle pain and tight muscles by applying pressure with the Gua Sha tool. The results don’t exactly look pretty, as you can end up with redness and bruising as you heal. However, the results are dramatic, and some have called it the best massage of their life.
    There’s also the newer trend of the facial Gua Sha treatment, which uses a similar technique. And while it’s been used for thousands of years, it’s blowing up on Instagram this year as an aesthetic treatment to improve the look and feel of your skin.
    What are Gua Sha's benefits?

    There are claims that Gua Sha can help migraines and neck pains, among other symptoms. From Dr. Solomon’s experience, the facial Gua Sha treatment has a variety of benefits.
    “Just as our bodies experience stress in the form of shoulders hunched over a computer, or headaches from tension, our faces hold stress in the form of furrowed brows or clenched jaws,” says Dr. Solomon. “Facial Gua Sha is a massage technique designed to relieve tension in the muscles of the face, boost blood circulation, and encourage lymphatic drainage to banish bloat. It helps break up fascia, the connective tissue that hugs muscles but can sometimes interfere with optimal circulation.”
    That being said, Dr. Solomon says Gua Sha benefits haven’t been clinically studied, and she doesn’t perform the treatment in her practice. However, she says people report that their skin looks smoother and lifted after one session. And with frequent repetition, this can become part of your comprehensive skin routine.
    Okay, and what are Gua Sha tools exactly?

    This might sound like another popular trend: The jade roller. But there are significant differences, says Dr. Solomon, who suggests you trust a professional to perform the treatment for you. Performing the treatment on your own face an neck could potentially result in bruising or bursting capillaries, so it's best to leave things to the experts.
    With that being said, there are Gua Sha tools available online for those with experience using them, and you can check them out below:





    My experience with Gua Sha

    I am a total Gua Sha newbie, and only heard about it when I saw an advertisement for Heyday Skincare’s new “enhancement.” For an additional $20, I decided to add the treatment to my facial because of the alleged amazing benefits, like preventing and treating saggy skin, brightening complexion, and healing dark circles, rosacea, and scarring. My Heyday “Skin Therapist” walked me through the process, and proceeded to put carotene oil on my face before applying a jade Gua Sha tool. She gently put pressure onto my skin as she moved it from my face and down my neck.
    Unlike some of the shocking photos from a Gua Sha massage (I'm sure some facial and skin massages are more intense), this iteration was far from painful and didn’t leave any marks. My skin felt tighter and smoother for the next few days, and I am already preparing for my next Gua Sha treatment.


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    Whoops, missed this post, yes, that article is pretty much what I read about gua sha too. Figure for $10 you can't go wrong. To my dismay, goopy sells it on her website (popped up when I googled), but her fancy kit costs way more.

    Here's another site with a personal review and tips and instructional links.

    https://completehomespa.com/gua-sha-for-face-and-neck/
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    Quote Originally Posted by ConstanceSpry View Post
    Figure for $10 you can't go wrong.
    Well you could, if you scrape your face the wrong way.
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    I've been buying stuff like eyeshadow and blush palettes from TJ Maxx/Marshalls for years. No issues, no problems with anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faithanne View Post
    Well you could, if you scrape your face the wrong way.
    Well yes, that's why you have to exercise caution. I have no intention of brutalizing my face. I had a friend who sanded her skin off with her new microderm tool, live and learn.

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    I've been buying stuff like eyeshadow and blush palettes from TJ Maxx/Marshalls for years. No issues, no problems with anything.
    I've bought lots of nail polish, no problems. I did buy a lipstick at Tj's once and after I got home, noticed it had been used. That kind of put me off, though if you check for that at the store before you buy it should be avoidable.
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    I have the Rose Quartz jade roller and Gua Sha tool. I've only ever used the roller and to be honest I'm not sure if it does anything. But, it feels great so I don't really care if it's benefiting my skin at all. It's cold and refreshing and feels wonderful to roll on my face at night.

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    ^^ I don't see how the roller would do anything for skin texture, etc., tbh. Maybe it works to apply serums more evenly? The set I bought has 3 tools and you do use some pressure. I do tanaka massage from time to time and this is supposed to go deeper.
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    I have this roller. I don't know if it's doing anything really but it does feel wonderful. It might help with lymphatic drainage.





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