You probably know how important it is to clean your makeup brushes. However, your skincare tools should be cleaned just as well. Have you washed your gua sha and face rollers lately? The logic behind why you should do so is simple. “Would a dirty towel over-and-over on your body?” asks Five Seasons TCM acupuncturist Kai Yim. It is not.

Avant Dermatology & Aesthetics founder and board-certified dermatologist warn that bacteria can build up on gua sha tools and cause breakouts.

Yim suggests that even if there’s no buildup on your Gua Sha, bacteria can still accumulate in the environment it is left in. You can make an educated guess at the type of bacteria present because most people keep their gua sha tools in the bathroom. You don’t want it, or any other infection-causing dirt, to get on your face. According to professionals, here are the best ways to clean your Gua Sha tools.

Take care to wash your tools.

According to Dani Schenone, Mindbody holistic wellbeing specialist Dani Schenone, hand washing your gua sha tools is the easiest. She says, “Wet your hands with warm soapy water. Make a lather, and then apply the soap to a wet Gua Sha tool for 30 seconds. Use warm water to rinse and dry the microfiber.

However, washing your Gua Sha with slippery soaps can cause it to go awry quickly, so be cautious. Yim warns that polished gua sha stone becomes very slippery after applying the soap. Many people shared their stories of slipping gua sha stones.

Make sure to soak it in water.

Farhang suggests that soaking the gua sha in warm soapy water is a good option if you don’t have much time or want to make sure it doesn’t get dropped.

Yim recommends liquid antibacterial soap, such as Megababe’s Clean Antibacterial Handwash, for $12. If you are concerned about using non-face-specific products on the gua sha, you can wash it with your favorite facial cleanser.

Brush Its Ridges with a Brush

Many gua sha tools have curved edges. However, others have prongs that look like a comb. Yim suggests using a small brush, such as a toothbrush, to clean between the ridges of your tool.

Keep an eye on its material.

The material of your gua sha tools will determine how often it needs to be cleaned. Farhang states that the more porous the material is, the more it will need to be cleaned. Metals like silver and copper are the least porous, but they are not used very often [for gua sha instruments]. Jade and rose quartz, which are high-quality stones, are non-porous. This allows for some error if a wash has been skipped.

These stones make cleaning easier and less stressful. They also offer greater glide, which means more product is absorbed into the skin than the tool. She adds that wooden gua sha tools are porous and can be more difficult to clean.

Yim advises that gua sha tools made of wood should be oil after every wash. Yim warns that the wood may crack if it is not properly lubricated.

Daily Rinses: Make a commitment

Yim recommends that you clean your gua sha tools regularly, even if they are made of less porous material. She says that it is best to clean the tool immediately after use. “The more time the tool is left with facial oils or other products, the greater chance for an adhesive film on it.” This residue can irritate the skin and may lead to further damage.

Mix it with alcohol

Schenone suggests that alcohol can be added to your sanitizing routine if you are concerned about bacteria from acne lingering on your skin. She suggests spraying alcohol disinfectant on your tool after it has dried completely. This will kill any remaining bacteria.

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