The Lanshin Massager by Acera Is a New Part in My Quarantine Self-Care Routine

Because self-care is more important than ever.

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jessica chia with a lanshin massager
Courtesy Jessica Chia
TL;DR:
The heatable massage tool that's the perfect pairing for my gua sha.

Welcome to "Try It," a series in which Allure editors show you how they like to use some of their new favorite beauty products. This week, Jessica Chia talks about the latest addition to her self-care routine.

If you carry a lot of tension in your neck, shoulders, or temples, read on — and thank me later. You may have heard of gua sha, the practice of using a smooth, flat jade board to move lymph fluid and reduce puffiness in your face. But puffiness isn't the only battle a lot of us are fighting. Tight, tough muscles and tendons around the temples, neck, and shoulders can make you look more strained instead of relaxed. The best thing I've found to tackle that tension and give me a more relaxed appearance? The Lanshin Massager by Acera. The silicone-covered porcelain tool looks like a cute little cartoon sea creature (maybe a short, squatty squid?) and feels like heaven. It’s smooth, warm, and has nubby "feet" that you can use to knead your muscles and stimulate circulation.

It's relatively simple to use: Pop a mug of water into the microwave or put a kettle of water on your stove and heat it up (bubbling, not boiling is definitely warm enough), then use the warm water to fill your Lanshin Massager. Next, test it by lightly tapping it on your forearm. It can get really hot, depending on much you've heated your water. If it's too warm for my skin right off the bat, I like to use it over my clothing on my shoulders or chest until it’s slightly cooler.

When it's warm enough that you can run it over your bare skin, smooth a few pumps of your favorite oil onto your face and neck and work the tool in circular motions, spending a few minutes in each area. Start at your shoulders, then work your way up to your neck, jaw, cheeks, and temples.

Hot tip: the Lanshin Massager feels amazing if you lie down and place it in between your brows, where they teach you the "third eye" is in yoga. It melts away all the tension without you even having to move it in that spot. All in all, it’s an amazing addition to my facial tune-up routine. I’ll use this $45 tool to keep my neck looking smooth and my brow feeling less tight, then follow up with gua sha to reduce puffiness for as long as COVID-19 has me hunched over a laptop eating salty snacks — and long after, too.

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