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I’m coming in very late with this post as I’ve had both of these products for a while… You know when life catches up with you and you just don’t have time for anything else let alone blogging… yeah. Although, it has been nice to dedicate some time to use these products before writing about them. I’ve been using Dermalogica products for years and they never disappoint, they’re definitely one of my favourite brands.
Their Conditioning Body Wash was actually a little Christmas treat that they sent over in the post recently (with a lovely Christmas card!) and I’ve been using it ever since. I actually think it would make a great Christmas present or stocking filler too…
Their Conditioning Body Wash cleanses, conditions and invigorates with a rich skin-nourishing formula. It’s inspired by the essential oils diffused in Turkish hammams and the silky, gently cleansing formula features aromatic oils of Rosemary, Lavender and Eucalyptus alongside fresh Tea Tree and Lemon oils, it also contains Vitamin B5.
It’s a very silky body wash that smells incredible and is my go-to at the moment. It’s a very generous amount of product and I love the packaging. I think all body wash bottles should come with a pump as they make it so much easier to use in the shower… you also never dispense too much either! I love the smell of this Conditioning Body Wash, it’s refreshing and really wakes you up in the morning.
I was also lucky enough to join a little zoom call from Dermalogica recently where they talked and demonstrated the benefits of using a Gua Sha alongside their Melting Moisture Masque. I’ve heard endless benefits about using a Gua Sha but I hadn’t managed to get my hands on one so receiving a lovely parcel from Dermalogica was a great surprise. Their zoom calls are always so informative and I love that not only do they provide the product for you to try but also provide all the information you need to successfully use the product too.
The Gua Sha is one of the most frequently used at-home tools. Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that has been around for centuries. ‘Gua’ means ‘scrape’ and ‘Sha’ means ‘sand’. Tools are used to scrape across the skin on the body to redirect energy flow. In doing this, stagnant energy is broken down, reducing inflammation, increasing blood flow and stimulating the lymphatic system to promote healing in the body. It’s a simple but rigorous technique that has been used for centuries to treat a range of ailments including muscle pain, tension, inflammation and migraines.
More recently Gua Sha has been adopted as a common skincare practice to address re-energizing of the facial tissues. Whilst the application tends to be less intense than traditional bodywork, the lighter pressure along with accessing pressure points helps to promote skin regeneration.
Gua Sha stones are commonly available in Jade, Rose Quartz and, like the one had I have, Black Obsidian. Black Obsidian is thought to be a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity and absorbing negative energies from the environment. Obsidian also draws out mental stress and tension. This stone can be a good option for congested and breakout-prone skin too.
Gua Sha stones are typically cool to the touch, this cooling action helps with brightening your complexion, reducing puffiness and stimulating lymphatic drainage.
The Dermalogica Gua Sha technique uses warming movements, which takes inspiration from traditional Gua Sha techniques of skin scraping and incorporates specific acupressure points to help re-energise and revitalise the skin. To get the most out of your Gua Sha technique, repeat each movement at least 3 times. Gua Sha can be incorporated into your skincare regimen as little or often as you like.
It’s been really interesting to learn more about the Gua Sha technique, as well as to use it alongside a product that I already love, which is their Melting Moisture Masque. This is a very thick product, I would describe it as a cross between an oil and balm. It melts into your skin, hydrating and relieving dryness and makes a perfect companion to the Gua Sha as it glides effortlessly across your skin. I’ve been so inspired by these new products from Dermalogica.
Have you tried using a Gua Sha before?