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The Best Skin Care Tools and Their Magic Uses

The Best Skin-Care Tools and Their Magic Uses

A rejuvenated face has always been the goal and technology is finding its way there with the skin care tools that keep turning up by the clock. The skincare industry has been revolutionised and technology seems to be on a full spree. In the place of skin serums, creams, and others, we now have several tools doing their work or making them more effective. You might be lost in some of the mechanisms of the tools such as microcurrents, microneedling, light therapy etc. or scared of trying out the tools for the fear of the unknown.

It would also be a grave assumption to think skin care tools are only the new technologies that have been mentioned. Old civilization had their skin care tools which are still relevant to date including Gua Sha, Jade rollers, Kansa metal and so on. All of this might seem like a lot in addition to the numerous serums, creams and the likes. However, in this article, you will be seeing different types of skin care tools and why you should try them out.

Light Therapy Skin Care Tools

Skin Care Tool Light Therapy

Light Therapy Tool or LED Devices as the latter suggests works with aid of Light-emitting diodes. These diodes emit specific colours at particular wavelengths which penetrate varying depths, giving unique benefits. This emitted light sets off a reaction(s) in the skin cells, each colour with a specific reaction. The most common LED device is a mask that covers the whole of your face. The LDE full-face mask can be used at home like most of the tools that will be mentioned in this article.

The blue colour destroys acne-causing bacteria while the red light increases blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and causes collagen to be produced. Other benefits include wrinkle reduction, skin healing and skin plumping. LEDs emit other colours like white and pink.

The LED full-face mask has a blue and red light. It can be used for blemish reduction, give a smoother texture, smoothening wrinkles, etc.

Uses of LED devices:

  1. Destroys acne-causing bacteria
  2. Increases blood circulation
  3. Production of collagen makes skin look plump
  4. Blemish reduction
  5. Smoothen skin
  6. Clearing wrinkles

Massage Skin Care Tools


When we talk of tools borne from the old traditions or technology, we have some facial massaging tools including the gua sha and Jade rollers of china, and Kansa massager and Kansa metal from Ayurveda medicine of India. Other massaging tools include facial rollers, massaging wands.

Gua Sha Metal Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese massage therapy tool that has been used for centuries to help relieve tension in the muscles of the face and body, boost blood circulation and the draining of the lymphatic system thereby reducing puffiness and inflammation. It helps to calm the nervous system, increases the flow of oxygen and vital nutrients to the skin.
The Gua sha massage tool helps those prone to migraines and headaches to address stagnant energy or ‘chi’ in the body. Before using a Gua Sha, make sure your face is clean or well moisturised with oil or serum. Then, daily, for five minutes, place the Gua Sha as flat to your face as possible. With medium pressure, move it upwards into and downwards out of the contours of your face and neck.

Uses of Gua Sha:

  1. rejuvenates the skin
  2. help boost lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and inflammation
  3. reduce facial tension
  4. sculpting facial muscles
  5. softening fine lines + wrinkles
  6. brightening skin tone

Facial Rollers The face roller is a recipe for a healthy-looking glow. Vital for skin’s circulation, elasticity and tone. Most face rollers have cooling metal bodies, allowing the rollers to mimic the action of an expert’s knuckles. And the Knuckle-action helps to amplify skin’s brightness by bringing oxygen to cells, while the rolling behaves works out your muscles.
Massaging your favourite facial serum into the skin with the roller promotes better absorption for a natural glow. You can use the rollers by gliding upwards from your neck but avoid your throat. Move on gently to the back of your ears—subsequently. Roll from your cheeks towards your temple, from the sides of your nose away from your eyebrows and towards your hairline.

Uses of Facial Rollers:

  1. enhance the absorption of topical skincare.
  2. brings oxygen to cells which helps to amplify skin’s brightness
  3. sculpting your cheekbones
  4. lifting the jawline and brows
  5. strengthen underlying tissue
  6. stimulate drainage to counteract puffiness
  7. minimise breakouts

Facial Massage Wands The most common massaging wands are the Kansa massager and Kansa of Ayurveda in India. The wands are believed to work by balancing your doshas, chakras and skin’s pH level. (If you are confused, Yoga is a close relative to Ayurveda). In use, the wands are moved in small circular motions over your temple, along your brows, down your jawlines.

Uses of Facial Massage Wands:

  1. Release tension
  2. Aid in lymphatic drainage0
  3. De-puff, firm and soothe skin
  4. Product penetration and deep cleansing.

Microcurrent Devices


Devices here work by emitting a gentle electronic current (electro-current). Electro-current may sound new but they have been around since the 1800s. Since the devices work with current, unlike a Kansa and the likes, you should read the manual before using it. Also, microcurrent devices vary—some combine electro-current and light therapy, some requires special conductive gels. Nevertheless, they are all quite straightforward to use.

Uses of Micro-current Devices:

  1. tones up the skin by energizing cells and stimulating collagen
  2. Treatment of damaged tissues and muscles
  3. Smoothen skin

Microneedling Tools


Microneedling tools work by following a process they are named after—Microneedling. The process smoothens the skins, allow absorption of topical treatments (and others) by poking tiny holes in the top layer of your skin. This is done with the aid of series of tiny needles. When buying microneedling tools to be used at home, make sure you go for the ones with needles that are no longer than 0.25cm. The idea is for you not to feel them. Also, these devices give a nice after effect which might make you want to use them often, However, this is not good and it is advised you limit it to thrice a week, and only apply gentle chemicals after use.

Uses of Microneedling Tools:

  1. Produces collagen and elastin that aids skin plumping
  2. Skin Smoothening
  3. Even-tone
  4. Aids absorption of Skin Care products

Dermaplaning Devices


Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation where you use a sharp object, usually scalpel-like, to scrape off the dead cells and other fuzz on your skin. People use this when they want to use a skincare product and want dead cells to prevent the active ingredient from being absorbed effectively. If you are a person with certain allergies that makes exfoliation products unsuitable for you, you can also use dermaplaning devices. Scraping your skin can be dangerous but dermaplaning on the market makes the process safer and easier. Most dermaplaning devices vary so, follow the details in the manual carefully. However, regardless of the device use, apply sunscreen when you are done. This is because you have scraped off old cells that have been taking the harsh sun rays and your live cells are now exposed.

Uses of Dermaplaning Devices:

  1. Exfoliate skin
  2. Remove tiny hairs

Microdermabrasion Devices


Still on exfoliation, we have Microdermabrasion devices. But instead of scraping, they suck away old, dead cells from the surface of your skin to show your healthy live cells. The suction is done via a vacuum system. If your skin is sensitive, instead of dermaplaning, dermabrasion devices are a better fit for you. However, they don’t go as deep as dermaplaning devices.

Uses of Microdermabrasion Devices:

  1. Exfoliate skin
  2. Smoothen skin
  3. Soften skin

Hair Removal Devices


These devices help in shaving and waxing but without all the pain and irritation that comes with the use of shaving sticks and some hair removal gels or creams. Regardless of your skin, these devices work just fine. Some of them remove your hair with fast-pulses using both intense pulsed light (IPL) and radiofrequency (RF) technology.

Uses of Hair Removal Devices:

  1. Remove hair
  2. Wax skin

Cleansing Devices


Although most of the devices already mentioned above also clean, there are devices made specifically for daily skin cleaning and nothing else. There are two popular ones in this category. One of them looks like a big egg with a rubber body and bristles at the top. These bristles have been made at varying lengths and thicknesses. The cleaning device also has a button used to adjust how the depth of the bristles drives into the skin while cleaning. The device should be dampened with water before use then scrubbed in the skin. You have to adjust the length of the bristles to reach seemingly hidden areas. The bristles are very hygienic so you don’t have to worry about that. The second of the popular cleaning devices use micro-steam technology. With this, your face is detoxified and hydrated. The device has a small bow-like part that holds firm to your face which prevents the steam from escaping while cleaning your face.

Uses of Cleaning Devices:

  1. Soothe and soften the skin
  2. Clears pores and detoxifies skin
  3. Removes dead skin cells, make-up, and oil
  4. Hydrates skin.

Skin care tools now at your Fingertips

With the advent of new skin care tools and information of the old made easily accessible, home skincare treatment is now literally at your fingertips. However, this doesn’t rule out the place of skincare experts whose experience and knowledge are not only useful but quite frankly, undeniable.

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Face Roller vs Gua Sha – What is the magic difference?

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Ever wondered what’s better for your skin? Keep reading to find out if Face Roller or a Gua Sha will suit you best.

Those with their fingers on the beauty pulse will be interested to find out about both Gua Sha and Face Rolling tools. Although you may have heard of these products, not everyone knows how each of them works. If you have always been interested to find out, then you have come to the right place.
In this article we will be discussing the difference between Face Rollers and Gua Sha tools. What are they, what do they do for your skin, and are there any side effects? Let’s find out.

What is Gua Sha? 

Before we begin comparing the two, we should probably start with the basics. What is Gua Sha anyway?

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Modern Day Gua Sha 

Gua Sha is a process that has been used by the Chinese as a holistic medicine since ancient times. It is believed that  the process helps the body in several different ways. Practitioners state that it can boost the immune system, help the user control pain, and can ease inflammation and swelling. 

Gua Sha is the name of the tool that practitioners use during the process. During a session, the practitioner will place  oils on your body in the areas you wish to tackle. Typically, those areas would include your back, your neck, your arms, your legs, or your rear end. 

During the treatment, your technician will scrape the skin using the Gua Sha tool. They will do so in long sweeping  strokes, applying more and more pressure as the treatment goes on. By the end of your session, the practitioner will  have drawn the tool over the body applying as much pressure as you are able to take. What you are left with is a  relaxing feeling in your deep tissue and small dots all over the areas worked. These dots are known as Petechiae and  are harmless​i.

To the Ancient Chinese, it was these dots that signalled a successful treatment. They believed it drew
blood to the surface of the skin and therefore improved circulation.

Modern beauty lovers have taken this tool as their own. When pressed into the skin of the face and chin it is said to  do all the above – but also adds sculpture and definition to the face. It is believed to draw out impurities, eliminate toxins, and even help with fluid retention. 

Gua Sha performed on the face is usually done at home, without the intervention of a practitioner. When used as a  beauty tool, Gua Sha is said to: 

  1. One study found it improved liver enzymes in a man with Hepatitis B.
  2. It soothes headaches 
  3. It can help when the breasts are too full of milk 
  4. It can treat neck pain 
  5. And it can fight Tourette Syndrome​ii

Not bad for a little massage tool.

What is a Face Roller? 

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You may have seen the face roller tool advertised since Jade rollers are popular in the east and rose quartz rollers are  popular in the west. A face roller consists of a handle on one end and wheels or a found crystal on the other.  They were used by the ancient Chinese elite to protect and enhance the   delicate skin on the face.

The face roller has more than one job. It can be a soothing tool used to apply your ointments, it can be run over the  face to massage it, and it also brings the magic of crystal healing to those that wish to opt for a crystal one. Be warned that the crystal face rollers have not been scientifically proven to add any extra benefits to the skin. 

There are limited studies into whether the face roller works on any medical aspects of your face. It is said to: 

  1. Reduce anxiety by relaxing you 
  2. Treat puffiness of the skin 
  3. Make your face appear temporarily slimmer 
  4. Increase blood flow to the face
  5. Brings oxygen to cells which helps to amplify skin’s brightness 
  6. Sculpting your cheekbones 
  7. Lifting the jawline and brows 
  8. Strengthen underlying tissue 
  9. Stimulate drainage to counteract puffiness 

Face roller is the recipe for a healthy looking glow. Vital for skin’s circulation, elasticity and tone.

Face rollers mimics the action of an expert facialist’s knuckles, brings oxygen to cells which helps to amplify skin’s  brightness, while the rolling behaves like a workout in the gym for your muscles, sculpting your cheekbones, lifting the jawline and brows. Strengthen underlying tissue, stimulate drainage to counteract puffiness and minimise breakouts, and also enhance the absorption of topical skin care. Massaging your favourite facial serum into the skin with the  roller promotes better absorption for a natural glow. 

Face rollers typically come in plastic, crystal, or stainless steel. 

Why Stainless Steel? 

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Stainless steel face rollers come with a few advantages. Some of these include:

  1. Anti-bacterial – As opposed to jade and rose quartz, stainless steel is non-porous, which prevents bacteria buildup that can transfer to your skin 
  2. Durable – it will last forever as opposed to the Jade or Rose Quartz gua sha that easily break if dropped. 
  3. Eco-friendly – 100% recyclable, made with recycled material. 
  4. Self-cooling – Naturally cold to the touch, you don’t even need to put it in the freezer 

The Difference Between the Gua Sha and the Face Roller 

Now that we know what each product is and what it does, we can look at what the differences are between them.

The main difference, of course, is that Gua Sha comes from Ancient Chinese medicine, while the face roller comes from Ancient Chinese royalty. The roller was something attributed to rich women, it was a luxury. Gua Sha was available to anyone who could afford to pay the medicine man. 

A second difference between the two is that Gua Sha comes with a variety of health benefits, some of which have been scientifically proven. The face roller’s health benefit is that it reduces anxiety. The increase of blood flow to the face  has been proven by science, but it’s not really any competition when compared to helping the user control Tourette  Syndrome.

Asides from the differences in the way they look, face rollers can be made of plastic, crystal, or stainless steel.  Stainless steel rollers are cooling, whereas crystal rollers will chip or crack if dropped too often. Plastic is durable and  long-lasting but not as effective. Gua Sha tools can be made of silicon, stone or stainless steal. In ancient times, it would always have been stone. 

Choosing between Face Rollers or Gua Sha tools based on your Beauty Goals

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If your beauty goal is to add definition to the angles of your face while simultaneously relieving inflammation and  toxins, then the Gua Sha tool is the one you want. 

If your beauty goal is to relax the skin, soothe out puffiness, and enjoy a sensual way to add lotions, creams, or balms, then the face roller will work those into the skin for you.  

Where to Buy a Gua Sha Tool or a Face Roller? 

If all this talk about beauty rollers and Gua Sha tools, has you salivating, don’t panic. We know exactly where you can buy both to try them out for yourself. The Nanshy Website has both products for affordable rates, so you can indulge in a little relaxation for your face without feeling guilty. After all, we want to take away some of that stress, not add to it.

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How to Choose Makeup for Your Skin Tone?

Choose Makeup for Your Skin Tone

“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good, on you!” – Coco Chanel. Click to Tweet!

Makeup trends keep on changing with changing seasons and styles. What’s hot this season will be termed ‘out of fashion’ in a couple of months. So how are you supposed to choose makeup for your skin tone? Do we need to follow all the trends blindly? Of course not, some of the most celebrated makeup artists from all around the globe suggest buying makeup that looks good on you, irrespective of what is considered hot and what’s not. You should pick your foundations, concealers, eyeshadows and lipsticks depending on your skin’s tone, texture and colour. Pick the right shades based upon your skin type.

Let’s discover how you can choose makeup for your skin tone.

  • Examine Your Skin Tone – This is the first thing you need to know before buying any kind of makeup product. In order to determine your skin tone, wear a white shirt/t-shirt, stand in the natural light and look into a mirror. If your skin appears to be more on the yellow/red side you have a warm skin tone and alternatively, if it appears to be more on the bluish-pink side, you have a cool skin tone.
  • TIP: You can also check your veins in order to determine your skin tone.  People with green veins have warmer skin tones and those with blue veins have cooler skin tones.
  • Examine Your Skin Colour – There are four different categories of skin colours – fair, medium, olive and dark. People with the same skin colour can have different skin tones. For example, you could be fair skinned with cool tone but your sibling could be fair skinned with a warm skin tone. It principally depends on your genetic makeup and on your ethnicity. Understanding your precise skin colour can help you in picking the right shades.
  • Picking Foundation – While picking foundation, try to match your undertones. This could be a little tricky since your skin colour can be very different from your skin tone. For instance, if you have medium skin but yellowish skin tone, you need to pick a foundation with a hint of yellow in it, to match your skin’s undertone.

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  • TIP: Some brands actually have shades like ‘cool sand’ or ‘warm honey’ indicating the skin tone they are best suited for.
  • Picking Eye and Lip Shades – If you have a warm skin tone opt for warmer shades like deep reds, champagne, brown, beige and golden. If you have cool skin tone pick shades which are dominantly pink, purple, rose and blue.

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  • Keep in Mind Your Skin Texture As Well – If you have dry skin, opt for mousse or crème based products and if you have oily skin pick powder-based products. If you have sensitive skin look for labels that say ‘non-allergenic’ or ‘for sensitive skin’.
  • Pick the Right Makeup Brushes – If you have plans of buying powder-based products (since you have oily skin), you ought to have powder brushes, blush brushes and thick haired eyeshadow brushes in order to get a flawlessly natural look.


If you are planning to get crème based products, get the right blending tools and sponges. Without the right applicators, your expensive makeup products will be of no use.

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The Art of Blending with the Nanshy Blending Sponge

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Why blending sponge? As an artist of make-up we can often ask what is it that defines a good make-up artist and a great make-up application?   Many make-up artists have answered this question in different ways over the years including the American celebrity make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin.  Kevyn stated that The Art of make-up is blending”. For many make-up artists who aspire to be good at their craft, or for a make-up enthusiast looking for the best tools to use in their make-up kit, learning of the best blending tools around is a great place to learn how to be like the best.

The key to a great blend

They key to a great blend can be found in different places.  We can look at how we apply make-up to the face.  Are we applying in a controlled way?  Are we taking care to blend in all the edges?  We can also look at the skin canvas… is the skin smooth and well moisturised ready for a make-up application? Products also have a great influence on the final look that will be achieved.  We can ask questions like:  Are we applying the right make-up to the right skin type?  All these questions can help us towards a well-blended and overall professional finish.

Nanshy Makeup Blending Sponge

Finally, we can look at the tools we can use.  For that well blended foundation, blusher, bronzer and eye shadow, Nanshy produce a blending sponge which can be used to perfectly blend in this make-up.  Using a blending sponge to give that professional and flawless finish to your make-up has become a handy little tool for many in the world of make-up.  This product is something which is now being used not only by make-up enthusiasts’, but by international make-up artists.

How to use the blending sponge?

The sponge can be used both wet and dry, depending upon your preference and what products you are using.  For the wet application simply run it under water for a few seconds.  Once wet, gently squeeze out the water.   The other difference you will notice once the sponge is wet is that the sponge will have grown in size.

Use the sponge for make-up application and blending

You can use this sponge for the initial application of your make-up.  If you are using foundation for example, put a small amount on the back of your hand and by using the base end of the sponge, gently lift up some product and gently dab away any excess.  Once you have done this you can slowly build up the coverage you want by stippling over the face until you reach the desired effect.

Where can you use it?


This sponge is great for use for liquid, creams and even powdered foundations.  A light, medium or heavy coverage can be gained from layering up the colour.  Use the base end of the sponge and gently stipple over the face.  You will see instantly that that the look achieved is well distributed and blended.


Creams, powders and liquid blushers can be applied using this sponge.  Use the base end again to stipple the blush over the apple of the cheeks towards the temples.  You can also blend in the blusher with the rest of your foundation to produce a flawless finish.

Eye shadows

Cream and powdered eye shadows can be applied using the narrow end of the sponge.  You can use these to apply a single shade, or you can build up colours and blend them together.  As this sponge produces such an elegant finish, applying eye shadow using this sponge is great for both the day and evening looks.

Use after foundation application

blending spongeIf you like to for example use your fingers to apply the foundation, this doesn’t mean that this product cannot further improve your make-up.  You can use this sponge in conjunction with any other product, or with using your fingers.  This sponge is an accessory which will only improve what you already have done.  If for example you are applying a foundation, this sponge is perfect to touch up areas which may look blotchy or streaky.  As well as allowing for a flawless look, the pointed end can easily smooth out those areas which tend to crease such as under the eyes, around the nose and mouth.


Cleaning this sponge is just as easy as cleaning your make-up brushes.  Use a gentle baby shampoo to wash, and then leave to dry for its next use.

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IMATS London 2016 Big Ticket Giveaway

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In keeping with its growing presence in the world of Professional Cosmetics, Nanshy is pleased to announce that it will once again be exhibiting at IMATS London.

IMATS, the International Makeup Artists Trade Show, is held annually in London, Los Angeles, New York and Sydney and on each occasion that Nanshy has appeared at the London venue, professional interest in the brand has grown.

“We meet a lot of relevant makeup artists at IMATS that aren’t to be seen at other events. It’s an important venue – says Damian Krzyzanowski, Founder and Director of Nanshy”

Nanshy is exhibiting on Stand 310 and this year. The stand will feature makeup artist Bobbi Bicker applying her work using Nanshy brushes to a resident model Molly Robbo. Expect also an amazing hairstylist Anna Romanenkova

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From the left: Anna, Katerina Christo and Bobbi

Makeup artists and brush users are invited to join Nanshy for a chat about beauty and cosmetics and the exciting projects Nanshy has lined up for the coming year. Our team will include beauty expert Nikki Taylor and  makeup artist Paul Herrington.

BONUS: A FREE makeup sponge is available to everyone who turns up on the stand with exclusive voucher:

We look forward to seeing you.


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