Are skincare tools worth it?

What is Gua Gha?

Gua Sha is an ancient massage technique that utilizes a specialized tool, typically made from quartz or stone, to help stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage, usually in the face and neck. 

Does Gua Sha actually do anything?

Gua Sha can be an effective method for removing stagnant fluid under the skin, giving the face and jawline a more defined appearance. However, it must be done regularly to maintain results, and it is not an effective treatment for adipose tissue (fat).

Do jade rollers really work on your face?

Similarly to Gua Sha, jade rollers and other facial rollers can have de-puffing and lymphatic drainage effects, and can be helpful when the goal is to cool the skin after a stimulating treatment, such as a peel or microdermabrasion. 

Should you use a facial cleansing brush?

Traditional facial brushes that use synthetic fibers are a breeding ground for bacteria, and are not recommended. If you want to use a device for cleansing, look for a silicone tool such as the ones from PMD or Foreo, or an ultrasonic cleansing spatula, which uses a stainless steel plate that vibrates at high frequencies to give you a deeper clean.

What is LED light therapy?

LED light therapy uses light with specific wave lengths that can penetrate into the skin at varying levels

What are the benefits of LED light therapy?

There are many benefits to LED light therapy, and what they are depends on the type of light that is being used. For instance, blue light has a shorter wavelength, but is effective at killing acne bacteria on the surface of the skin, and into the follicle. Red light has a longer wavelength, and can be helpful at calming the skin, stimulating collagen production, and improving the overall appearance of your skin. Infrared light has a wavelength that can penetrate into muscle tissue, and may temporarily help with minor aches and pain, and stimulate blood flow. 

To experience the best results, LED light therapy should be done regularly, with a quality device, such as the one's from LightStim.

Are skin care tools really worth it?

It depends on the facial tool, and what it is being used for. Some facial devices, like facial brushes with synthetic fibers, should not be used as we know they harbor bacteria. But others that are made from silicone can help give you a deeper and more thorough clean, while not holding onto bacteria. As with tools like Gua Sha, it can be very effective, but only when used correctly on lymph and fluid under the skin— it is not effective on fat. And results from LED light therapy devices are seen when used consistently.

There are some other skin care devices you can find online that should not be used. These include dermarollers, at home microdermabrasion devices and pore vacuums, that can cause permanent tissue damage or infection.

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