Interested in incorporating the wisdom of Traditional Chinese rituals into your beauty routine for youthful, radiant skin? To learn how to incorporate centuries-old beauty tools, and healing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) botanicals like goji berry in your skincare, this guide is for you. When do you use your jade roller or gua sha tool in your routine? Where do you fit Calming Herbal Repair in your daily ritual compared to Plant Root Remedy? We’ll walk you through the order of a comprehensive skincare routine based around TCM.
Before we get started, it’s important to note that there’s no need to follow every step in this routine! Do what works for you.
Step One: Cleanse The Skin
Begin your routine with cleansed skin. For the nighttime, we recommend double-cleansing your skin to ensure that make-up, sunscreen, dirt and excess oil is fully removed.
Step Two: Toner
Toning the skin helps make sure every last bit of dirt and excess oil are removed while still providing hydration and gentle exfoliation.
Step Three: Essence
Essences help the rest of your skincare products penetrate deeper into your skin and work more effectively. Use our Tremella Tonic Activating Essence Mist to supercharge your routine with plumping and hydrating TCM superfoods, hyaluronic acid and fermented black tea.
Step Four: Serum
As with many serums, the purpose of Calming Herbal Repair Serum Concentrate Balm is that it is the potent and powerful workhorse of the skincare routine, helping to maximize and deliver results. Calming Herbal Repair also helps prep your skin to ensure that the facial tools glide instead of pulling on the skin. It enhances the glide of your facial tools for fluid movements while nourishing your skin with nutrient-rich plant oils, butters and herbs.
Step Five: Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool
Built to have a firming, lifting effect on the skin, our Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool helps relieve facial and jaw tension and promotes lymphatic drainage. This tool is available in four stone variations (Jade, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Black Obsidian) as well as Stainless Steel.
To promote lymphatic drainage on the scalp, use our Jade Massaging Gua Sha Comb.
Step Six: Acupressure Gua Sha Spoon
The Acupressure Gua Sha Spoon is a specialized gua sha tool with many benefits. Through targeting acupressure points with precision and accuracy with its rounded point, the Acupressure Gua Sha Spoon encourages the gentle release of facial and jaw tension. Its rounded spoon side offers a more contoured massage and different facial massage feel than the classic heart shaped gua sha tool, to deeply sculpt and define facial features.
Step Seven: Tension Melting Massager
A reviving beauty roller that deeply kneads the skin and muscles, all while defining the facial features. Use our Tension Melting Massager on the face, neck and body to get the most of your facial massage. We especially love this easy to use tool to relieve TMJ pain.
Step Eight: Jade Textured Massaging Roller
The Jade Textured Roller is designed to energize + massage the face and bring the glow back to the skin. It transforms skin from dull to glowing while still being natural, non-invasive and gentle enough that it works even for those with sensitive skin.
Step Nine: De-Puffing Facial Roller
The De-Puffing Facial Roller brings the skin back to harmony with its de-puffing and soothing properties. For on-the-go facial massage, our Mini De-Puffing Facial Roller is the perfect travel companion.
Step Ten: Eye Cream
Use your ring finger to gently apply eye cream to the eye area. The eye area also needs to be prepped for facial massage, especially because it is the most delicate part of the skin. (e.g. wrinkles, dark circles, etc.)
Step Eleven: De-Puffing Eye Massage Tool
Inspired by Chinese acupressure points and designed specifically to treat the delicate skin around the eyes, the De-Puffing Eye Massage Tool helps reduce puffiness, awaken the eye area and aid in the absorption of eye cream into the skin.
Step Twelve: Eye Mask
Our Eye Mask provides all the benefits of a facial, all in the comfort of your own home. A luxurious treat for the eye area, perfect for soothing and de-puffing.
Step Thirteen: Moisturizer
Keep the skin refreshed, moisturized and renewed by using a moisturizer. Moisturizing supports your oil glands, and keeps your skin barrier healthy.
Step Fourteen: Facial Oil
As a final step, seal it all in with a nourishing and balancing facial oil. Choose Plant Root Remedy Balancing Facial Oil to support and protect the skin barrier, or Brightening Berry Vitamin C Oil to even skin tone and firm the skin.
We love to incorporate both of these facial oils into our skincare routine by using Plant Root Remedy for evening use, and Brightening Berry for the morning following with an SPF to provide the skin extra protection.
Note: Facial tools can also be used as the last step of your routine after applying a facial oil. As long as the skin is prepped with skincare, you can use your facial tools at any step of your routine. Always personalize and cater your routine to your skin’s needs!
There is no right or wrong way to organize your routine, so feel free to switch up the order based on your own personal preferences. If you have more time, incorporate more steps. If you are short on time, choose which steps make the most impact on you. We believe that skincare is self care, so simply carving out time to care for your skin is a gift to yourself. Our goal is to provide you with every day rituals that act as a breath of calmness in your busy life.