If it didn’t occur to you, your Gua Sha needs a bit of a spa-like session once in a while. Because, yes, it’s not resistant to bacteria. Think about it—just like your blenders and brushes, this tool, along with your rollers, accumulate grime, dirt, and infection-causing bacteria on the surface. Apart from sculpting your face with a Gua Sha after slathering on your skincare formulas (enter build-up of residual product), the place you store your face-contouring device, most likely your bathroom, is riddled with bacteria that can settle on it—and thrive.
You don’t want to massage your face with a dirt-ridden tool like that, do you? That’s why we’ve put together a couple of methods you can use to cleanse your Gua Sha of deep-seated grime and dirt effectively.
You can soak your Gua Sha in a bowl of lukewarm water and and soap. A couple of drops of an anti-bacterial liquid-soap or your go-to face-cleanser will do.
Go on to clean the Gua Sha with your fingers. If you’re short on time, you can skip to this step instead of soaking it in a bowl. Just wet your hands with lukewarm water, and lather it up with a soap before applying it to the tool for about 30 seconds to loosen up any product build-up, dirt, and grime. Rinse it off, and dry it with a cloth. Make sure the Gua Sha doesn’t slip out of your hands. This happens. If it slips, it breaks. Once you’re done, dry the device with a cloth. A microfiber towel is soft and gentle.
If your Gua Sha has ridges or prongs, you might want to get in there to remove any build-up of oils, dirt, and grime that the previous two methods cannot quite do. All you need to do is run a tiny brush through those areas, and go on to soak or lather once again to be thorough.
Gua Sha can host residual acne-causing bacteria that can trigger flare-ups on the skin. Just spritz the tool with an alcohol disinfectant after you’re done cleaning and drying.
Is your Gua Sha is porous? That means that it allows more dirt, residue, and bacteria to seep into the device, and that warrants frequent cleansing.
Gem-stone infused Gua Shas and rollers are not porous—so cleaning them every day isn’t absolutely necessary (even though everyday cleansing is advised). A wooden Gua Sha, on the other hand, is porous, and you must clean it after every session. Make sure you’re layering the wood with a little bit of oil for lubrication—or it will crack.
And’s that all that there is to cleaning your Gua Sha. If you have a skincare fridge—or a designated space in your fridge for skincare—place your Gua Sha there instead of returning it to the bathroom.
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