The Kansa Face Wand Guide with Michelle Ranavat
We already know that facial massages are great for de-puffing, lifting and sculpting the face, and boosting the radiance of your skin. And one of the best ways to go about it is to incorporate a tool into your skincare routine; think gua sha, jade rollers, and the Kansa face wand.
To learn more about the ancient tool (that predates even the jade roller!), we get Ayurvedic skincare brand Ranavat founder, Michelle Ranavat, to tell us more about its benefits and how to integrate it into your skincare routine.
What is a Kansa wand?
The Kansa wand is a wooden-handled tool with a tip made of Kansa metal—a material made of copper and tin. Because of the metal’s alkaline properties, applying it to your skin will help balance your skin’s pH. “I love the Kansa wand — it’s been such a relaxing way to balance my skin and stress levels. It’s a very intuitive tool that acts like a mood ring for your face; it shows you if your skin is pH balanced and it neutralises the acidity,” says Michelle.
Another thing to note is the benefits of copper. “Copper is great for the skin; not only does it help with collagen and elastin production, but it is also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial,” says Michelle. “It also helps with inflammation. If you have a spot, you can calmly touch the area with the wand (with added serum or oil so you don’t tug the area) and gently massage to bring the swelling and inflammation down.”
Michelle’s Guide to The Kansa Wand
Step 1. Take the time for the wand massage; a good 15-minute session will do wonders for the complexion.
Step 2. Squeeze a few drops of face oil or serum onto the face at the start so the wand doesn’t snag or pull the skin, but rather glides across it.
Step 3. Move the wand in circular motions around the eye sockets, then figure-eights across the forehead, and upward strokes across the jaw area.
Step 4. If your oil turns grey as you massage, don’t panic. The grey is just oxidation happening between the metal and the acid content on the skin. You can simply wipe off with a damp cloth after, or use a gentle cleanser to wash it away.
As for how often you should use the wand, Michelle suggests going with your intuition and how your skin is feeling: “Focus on setting aside time for the session as it does take time for the grey to occur. You want to dedicate time for the results to show.”