Rose quartz is the new buzzword in the world of beauty
Roll over jade – there’s a new healer in town. Popping up everywhere from derma rollers to spa treatments, you’d probably like to know what is behind this latest crystal craze?
Rose quartz is treasured among healers, and it’s claimed it provides emotional support. As Ann-Louise Holland, founder of Kansha Alchemy and a shamanic homeopath, explains, “Rose quartz opens the heart chakra and helps heal old wounds.The vibrational aura of our heart is the most profound and easily sensed in real scientific terms, and rose quartz helps strengthen this effect and emit a better frequency, making it less likely to absorb other energy.” So it acts like a sponge for good vibes, but how can it help the skin?
Stephanie Zheng, co-founder of Mount Lai, recently collaborated with Eve Lom on the Radiance Facial. This includes a rose quartz Gua Sha treatment, a Chinese therapy that involves massaging the skin with a smooth-edged tool to reduce inflammation and stagnant energy (or chi). Zheng says, “Rose quartz increases efficacy through a soothing and cooling nature. As part of the Radiance Facial, the Gua Sha tools work in conjunction with the Eve Lom Radiance Transforming Mask to reduce puffiness, resulting in brighter, more radiant skin.”
CHANGE FROM SKINSIDE OUT
Erica MacCallum, master aesthetician at Eve Lom, says, “Lymphatic massage is an essential part of the Eve Lom technique. Rose quartz tools aid the application of deeper pressure and lymphatic stimulation, and lymphatic drainage ensures the skin is thoroughly cleansed from outside in.” Cloud Twelve, Notting Hill’s new members only wellness destination, also offers a blissful rejuvenating Lymphatic Rose Crystal Facial for the face, neck and décolletage that includes a nourishing hair and scalp treatment. Having read all the positives, isn’t it time your view became rose tinted?
HOW TO USE A GUA SHA/ROLLER
Step 1 After cleansing, apply your favourite oil, serum or moisturiser
Step 2 The flat edge is used on the jaw, the longer curved edge on the forehead/neck and the small curve is for around the eyes
Step 3 Use upward strokes on the neck moving towards the face. On the face, start at the chin and move out across the jawline
Step 4 Either side of the nose across the cheeks, and below and above the eyes, use sweeping outward strokes
Step 5 From the brow line, use straight upward strokes towards the forehead