If there is a single beauty product that managed to blow up in popularity, it's Gua Sha tools. Gua Sha started as a mediocre beauty trend, but as soon as celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Justin Bieber were said to be fans of this technique, the treatment took social media by storm. If you've recently bought one, but you don't know how to clean gua sha tools, you've come to the right place.
We've decided to make a detailed guideline on how to maintain your gua sha tools properly, how to store them, and why it matters.
Why Do I Need to Clean My Gua Sha Tools?
Gua Sha scraping feels delightful on the skin. It stirs up the blood flow, boosts the drainage, and calms the irritation. You will be relying on your tools almost every day. But, there is something you probably don't pay too much attention to, and that is the surface of your tool.
Your skin will create oil, clog the pores, and pollute the surface. When you are massaging your face with the tool, you are wiping it over the pollutants. What's even worse, is that the less you clean the tool, the more contaminants it will spread back and forth, eventually ending up back onto the skin.
In other words, you did nothing. Dirty Gua Sha tools will compromise your treatment. More residual dust particles will stick to the surface of the tool, which will result in bacteria build-up. So, instead of providing your skin with a weekly cleanse, you will be polluting it even more. That's why you may experience acne breakouts or other skin problems.
How to Clean Gua Sha Tools?
Before and after use, it's best to use a microfiber cloth to wipe the tools. This will avoid any bacteria from spreading onto the skin, advises Nudie Glow. But every two days or so, you need to do a thorough cleanse.
This is the ultimate way to remove any contamination that might have accumulated over time. If you've never done a thorough cleanse, here is how you can do it. Just follow these simple steps, and you will have a clean tool in no-time.
- Step 1: Wipe the tool with a microfiber cloth to get rid of the debris.
- Step 2: Fill a small container with warm water and add a little bit of gentle liquid soap. Mix it and soak the tool. Let it rest in the water for 10 min or more.
- Step 3: Whirl the tool around in the water to remove the soap. Don't wash it under running tap water. Some tools are very delicate, so you might want to be gentle with them.
- Step 4: Take a paper towel and wipe the tool.
- Step 5: Let it air dry.
That's it. Now you have a spotless Gua Sha tool ready to use.
Note: If your Gua Sha roller is making a squeaky sound after the wash, add some oil on the sides. This will make the stone movement smoother and get rid of the noise.
How Do I Disinfect a Gua Sha Tool?
There are plenty of microorganisms, both visible and invisible to the naked eye, which exist on our beauty products. To prevent skin disease, you need to regularly disinfect your beauty tools, even a Gua Sha scraper.
While a regular liquid soap is suitable for cleaning, it can't do a proper job of disinfecting. If you are like most people and you don't want to waste a ton of cash on high-level disinfectants, you can always keep it simple and get the job done. Here is how.
If you own rose quartz or a jade Gua Sha tool, you can spray it or wipe it with some isopropyl alcohol before you let it dry. However, you need to make sure to let the alcohol evaporate before you let the tool touch the skin.
Otherwise, you risk depleting all the moisture from the skin. This is not good, particularly for individuals with already dry skin. This method will work with just about any Gua Sha tool.
How to Store a Gua Sha Tool?
Most tools are manufactured with 100% natural stones. Odds are, they will be pretty fragile. If you drop the tool, you risk damaging the stone. So, to make the most of your beauty product, we suggest you store your favorite tool where you are less likely to drop it. Put it in a confined space, maybe in a drawer or a secured compartment.
But, most importantly, keep it dry. You don't want any moisture to get to the tool. Remember, wet areas are a breeding nest for bacteria. You want your tool to be as far from bacteria and contamination as possible. Keeping the product in a dry place is crucial.
If you want a cooling effect to reduce skin inflammation, irritation, or puffiness, you can put the tool in the fridge. The cold air will be perfect for the stone and will give the massage a subtle calming effect.
However, don't forget to place it in a zip lock bag before you pop it in the fridge. The bag will keep all the smells away and make sure the surface of the stone is squeaky clean. If you travel a lot, carry the Gua Sha tools in a beauty bag wrapped in a clean, dry cloth. This will keep the product safe from damage and moisture.
Proper Gua Sha tool maintenance is essential for healthy skin. Now that you know the simple tricks on how to do it, your tools will last longer and take good care of your skin. Have you tried cleaning the tools before? Let us know in the comments below.