Update: Back to The Gua Sha + LED Light Therapy

Update: Back to The Gua Sha + LED Light Therapy

Cat getting a facial massage! Too cute not to put in this post.

Quite a while ago now, I started getting into antiaging facial massage. This was because I wanted to reduce the aging that was happening in my face and I also think it is fun to have a beauty routine.

When looking up massage techniques I came across the Gua Sha facial technique (scraping your skin with a jade stone) and an LED light therapy massager. It all looked really interesting to me so I bought a jade stone and the massager.

I used these two things daily for a couple weeks and eventually stopped for whatever reason (I do not remember why). Recently, I decided to take them up again and I vow to do it every single day for a long time.

In this post, I will be talking more about the Gua Sha facial massage method and LED light therapy.

Gua Sha: When, what and why

The Gua Sha massage technique involves the scraping of the skin. It dates all the way back to the Paleolithic age (2.5 million years ago) where they used lubricated stones or bones to scrape away illnesses.

This massage then moved on to being used in China. It is now considered an ancient East Asian treatment.

The practitioners of Gua Sha may use coins, jade stones or spoons as their tools. The scraping that is done is said to activate blood circulation, move energy around the body, stimulate the immune system and cause an anti-inflammatory response.

Some specific alleged benefits of Gua Sha massages are as follows:

Gua Sha: How

This scraping massage technique requires one to start off with cleansed skin. After the skin is clean, an oil is to be applied. Putting oil on your face is important so that the tool is able to glide across your skin easier.

They type of oil is up to you. Some good options are rosehip, papaya and almond oil.

The following is a great video I found on YouTube that shows you how to do a Gua Sha facial:

This makes for a wonderful part of your beauty/self-care routine!

LED light therapy: When, what and why

The use of light as a type of therapy for ailments dates back to the early 1900s. For a while it was called, “photo therapy.”

At first, red LED light was mainly being used for pain but then it was found that it also helped with skin conditions. The use of LED light has been studied even more with different colors now being used to help with specific issues.

The following are the benefits of the different LED light colors:

  • Red- Pain relief, wounds, wrinkles, sagging skin, fine lines
  • Blue- Skin cancer spots, acne, teeth whitening, depression/anxiety
  • Green- Hyperpigmentation, under eye circles, sun damage, migraines
  • Yellow- Redness reduction, wrinkles, fine lines, hydration
  • Purple- All the things that red and blue do-at the same time.
  • Orange- Adds radiance to dull skin
  • Infrared- Goes deeper into the skin then just red does.
  • White- Depression, anxiety, sleep
  • Pink- Acne, fine lines, inflammation

LED light therapy: How

Light therapy can be done at home with devices that are sold from various places and it is also offered at spas. Here is a little more about each option:

At-home

There are many LED light therapy devices you can buy. The types of devices include massage wands, face masks and lamps of varying sizes. Most of these come with different light colors. You can also buy grow lights that are used for plants. The price range for at-home devices ranges from $25-$2000.

At spas

Light therapy is offered at some spas. They usually use a large lamp that hits your whole face or they have ones that hit more/all of your body. Spas will sometimes combine the light therapy with other treatments such as serums. Costs range from $25-$300 per session.

Light therapy sessions lasting from 10-20 minutes is said to be optimal. It may take up to ten sessions for one to see results.

What I have and will continue to do

Light therapy wand.
Jade stone tool.

Like I said, I have been doing Gua Sha massages and using my LED light therapy wand again. Not enough time has passed for any results to show (if they will) but I love doing a little something for myself each day.

I will continue to do Gua Sha massages everyday in the morning before applying my sunscreen. It really does not take much time at all and feels good.

The LED light massage wand that I have has red, green, blue, pink, yellow, orange and purple lights. I will be using the red and green lights three times a week. The light wand shuts off after ten minutes but I think I might just turn it back on so I can have 20 minute sessions instead.

It would be nice if these would help me

I am not going to get my hopes up for these things to fix my skin completely. If they help even just a little bit though, I will be happy.

Have any of you tried facial massage or light therapy?

Thanks for reading!

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Black Don’t Crack? Um, Did My Face Miss That Memo?

Black Don’t Crack? Um, Did My Face Miss That Memo?

I am not aging like fine wine!

The physical aging signs are things that many people (especially women) want to stop. There is this unfortunate idea that youth equals beauty. This idea permeates our media- causing the fear of the inevitable.

Ever since I was young, I have been hearing that black people age gracefully. The prospect of this used to excite me.

So, what the hell happened?!

We are all going to age!

Factors that go into how we show our age and when:

1. Race and face structure- People of different races have different face structures. This is how we can tell each other apart. It is also how forensic scientists are able to tell what race a person was based on their skull (that was really morbid wasn’t it?)

2. Skin- Our skin is different. This is true not just in tone but also thickness and elasticity.

3. Genetics- These have a role to play in how we age. Some of us are blessed to age slowly based on inherited genes and some of us age quicker. Some of us get gray hairs early and some of us do not get any until we are 60!

4. Lifestyle- The choices we make and the things we go through during our daily lives can affect the physical aging process. Some of these lifestyle factors include diet, hydration, stress and sleep.  

Combine all these things together and you have people that age differently!

Black women and the aging process

Melanin is what makes our skin dark. The darker the skin, the more melanin. Black people tend to have a lot of a melanin.

Having a high amount of melanin protects us from some of the skin aging that is seen in people who have lighter skin tones. Because of this, it is not unheard of for black women to not develop wrinkles until around the age of 50.

Another thing that sets us apart from other races is that we have denser bones in our faces. This provides us with more structural support which also helps us to look younger for longer.

Black people do physically age though. It just looks a little different for us. Here are some common signs of aging that show up on our faces:

  1. Mottled pigmentation and hyperpigmentation- Our skin tends to get splotchy and uneven.
  2. Rough texture- Our skin tends to get rough in appearance and feel.
  3. Prominent nasolabial folds.
  4. Small degree of eyelid drooping.

My damn face

I do not feel I have received any of the delayed-aging benefits that come from having a lot of melatonin as well as dense facial bones. This could be for several reasons though. Let me give you a run-down of what is going on with my face.

  1. Lines under my eyes when smiling- These lines showed up around the age of 23.  At that time, I had considerable eye allergies that made me rub them a lot. I am thinking that rubbing was the initial cause of them, but they have gotten a little worse over the years. I have not seen other  people my age (almost 32) with them.
  2. Nasolabial folds- These folds are annoying. They showed up after I lost some baby weight and have not gone away. They make me look tired. I had gotten fillers a couple times (I hate admitting that) a few years ago, but I am unable to afford them now. To be honest, I am not quite sure if they made much of a difference anyways.
  3. Texture issues- My facial skin feels smooth but in certain areas, it does not look smooth. I think the cause is the combination of the acne I used to suffer and early aging.
  4. Hyperpigmentation- These dark spots are due to years of acne and picking. Although they are not from aging, they still are undesirable.
  5. Marionet lines- I have these lines that show up when I smile (they are worse on the left side of my face). They showed up faintly around four years ago but have deepened since I lost some fat.

So basically, I have not aged very gracefully in the face area. Maybe I just have bad genes? Who knows.

All I can do is keep applying sunscreen every two hours, try to get enough sleep each night, eat relatively healthy, work on my mental health and hopefully find some treatments for my skin issues. I guess my face will just keep aging the way it is meant to age.

It is what it is

So, I guess my black cracked. Who really cares though except for me?

Even though I am not particularly happy about how I am aging, I will not be getting fillers ever again. Nor will I ever get botox, a face lift or anything else like that. My goal is to be at peace when it comes to the physical aging process.

Thanks for reading this!

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