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As a skin care devotee obsessed with every detail of my routine (except for the order in which I use products), I'm constantly looking for new ways to achieve (and practice) a better complexion. Self Care at the Same Time) Lately, I've found that the beauty world has turned to ancient rituals of skin care – like Jade-Rolling and Gua-Sha – that's exactly what they promise. Ayurveda's answer to these trends of instagrammy comes in the US form of a Kansa wand. If you have not heard of it yet, you will definitely be there soon.
Learn what it is and what the tool can do for your skin.
What Is a Kansa Wall?
"A Kansa wand is the Ayurvedic equivalent of a Chinese jade roller ̵
The dome-shaped wooden and kansa-metal stick will be massaged into the skin, hoping to balance the three ayurvedic doshas Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, which are believed to cause imbalances. Health problem in Indian culture , Iris Lami, the owner and senior beautician of Gingerhill Farm Retreat, adds, "The stimulating effect of the Kansa Wand also promotes lymphatic flow and flushes the body of toxins, as this build-up is one of the major causes of imbalances Doshas or life force energies." , she says. "Unbalanced doshas can cause a whole range of health complications, so it's important to follow a regime that includes regular detoxification practices." (Learn more about how the Doshas work and how to use them in your routine: Ayurvedic Nursing Tips That Still Work Today)
Skin Benefits of Using a Kansa Wand
Even if you are not concerned with Ayurvedic Benefits: Recent studies show that topical application of copper helps to maintain a good balance of bacteria on the skin, increase dermis activity, and stimulate new skin cells, Trattner explains.
Derms agrees that the wand can revitalize your complexion and make your skin bruise. "The combination of massage and heat generated by the metal improves blood flow to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin," says Joshua Zeichner, dermatologist in New York City. Similar to the use of a jade roller, "massage of the skin can also reduce swelling and aid lymphatic drainage." Translation: Skin that looks brighter and wiser
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However, as with any metal, allergic reactions can occur. "The rod is typically made of copper and tin and is therefore not suitable for people with allergies to these metals," adds Lami. So, if you were traditionally sensitive to metals, you should patch your Kansa wand on your arm or use it along with one.
Using the Kansa Wand
If you rolled with Jade before, the mechanism behind a Kansa wand is quite similar. Begin by moving the Kansa Wand in small circular motions across the forehead, brows, temples, and chin. These are the places in your face that are the most stressed and most likely to be puffy, wrinkled or confused I need an instant boost.
It is imperative to use the Kansa Wand with facial oil so that it does not get caught or pulled by the skin but glides over it. You can also use a few drops of essential oil for additional therapeutic effects, provided they are first mixed into another carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil, says Lami. "Tea tree oil, for example, has antimicrobial properties that can help treat acne and irritation, while lavender oil is great for reducing stress, frankincense can help reduce scars and age spots, and sandalwood can improve libido." Make sure you patch an essential oil on the skin of your wrist before applying to your face as you may be allergic or sensitive to certain oils.
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However, it is possible to overwhelm your Kansa wand. "Regular pulling on the skin helps to promote wrinkles, so you should apply gentle pressure instead of pulling or pulling your skin, and apply it only a few times a week," says Lami.
What happened when I tried the Kansa Wand
I find that massages are very relaxing and have an affinity for facial devices and tools (I'm obsessed with dermatlaning, for example). Therefore, I was confident that I would love the meditative experience of Kansa's self-propelled wand. Conclusion: I was right.
I first ordered a Kansa wand from the Internet and spent only $ 19 on Amazon for the right wand. (I grabbed this.) Outside the box it was smooth and shiny and slid over the skin, even without oil, as soon as I received my Prime package.
After applying a facial oil, as the experts recommend (I chose my beloved Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil, which is used with blue tansy to fight inflammation.) I sat in front of my desk mirror and got a massage , I found the experience and the circular motion much more meditative than ever with a jade roller – and also of greater use.
Although the experts found that the benefits depended more on the massage of the skin than on the tool Kansa's wand a more efficient technique, I found that the routine's movements required more concentration than the thoughtless working of a jade roller on my face, and I was more diligent, giving myself a more effective massage.
I can say that my complexion was 100% brighter, firmer and plumper after a few weeks of regular use, without a single product i n change my routine. I'm still busy with the latest high-tech skincare treatments, but it turns out the good rituals were not too shabby either.