When I first heard of Gua Sha, I thought it was some kind of old practice of skin rejuvenation or an ultimate spa experience like an Ayurvedic treatment. Turns out, I was a little right. Gua Sha tools are like the famous jade rollers, which has become one of a skincare junkie’s favorite form of skincare and self-care. I’m sure you’ve seen this tool somewhere along the beauty aisle and it comes in different shapes, sizes, and material. Did you know that just a few minutes of Gua Sha treatment facial every day can improve your skin and clarity?
What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha is a traditional East Asian and Chinese technique that is used in order to invite well-being, proper circulation and toxic removal in the body. The Gua Sha tool is used gently on the skin of the face, and a little aggressive on the skin of the body. Basically, Gua means to scrape and Sha means to sand. This practice has been used for thousands of years and the tools that are used vary. From animal bone, Chinese soup spoon to rose quartz and other gemstones, you can choose which works for you the best.
What is Gua Sha for?
In traditional Chinese Medicine, it says that the entire channel of the organ system unites on the face. It also pre-dates from acupuncture. It says that the stroke pattern awakens the meridian lines or lifeforce path in order to activate the body’s natural healing system. For our skin, Gua Sha encourages the production of collagen and helps sculpt and tone the face shape. It promises to help the skin become radiant since it can increase blood circulation in the area. It also allows the inflammation to drain and for the muscles to release tension. Basically, it’s like a massage but a lot gentle and aesthetic in nature.
It is said that the Gua Sha’s effect is skin deep. Because the meridian lines are involved, organs like the stomach, spleen, liver, heart, and kidneys also receive rejuvenation. If you work your way over the area of the face that is connected to the kidneys, such as down the meridian line of the kidney, you can release toxins and help it relax. Thus, enabling it to function at optimal capacity.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what Gua Sha can do for you:
- Aids in diminishing dark spots and hyperpigmentation in your skin.
- Eliminates dark circles around your eyes.
- Prevents and lessens sagging skin.
- Reduces wrinkles.
- Brightens the complexion.
- Can relieve or heal rosacea.
- Helps in the absorption of your skincare.
- Speeds up the recovery and healing time of breakouts and pimples.
- Can relieve migraines.
- Can even be an alternative to face-lift surgery but only when practiced on a regular basis and when you’re receiving treatments from a licensed practitioner.
Step By Step Procedure of Gua Sha
- Start with cleaning your face and washing your hands. After patting your face dry with a clean washcloth, use a facial mist that has hydrosol like OSEA’s Sea Vitamin Boost. Hydrosol is the perfect base to drive the oil, in which you’ll apply next.
- Apply facial oil. My favorite is also from OSEA, which is their Undaria Argan oil. Apply it starting on your forehead downwards. This activates movement in skin and tissues which is a great prep stage before the Gua Sha.
- Warm your Gua Sha tool. You can do this by slightly rubbing it between your hands and adding a little facial oil so it doesn’t tug on your skin.
- Sweep up your neck on both sides. Do this very gently over your Adam’s apple.
- Sweep up under your chin, from the middle of your face outwards to your earlobe while keeping your tool flat.
- Sweep from the middle of your chin over your jawline, towards the back of your earlobe. Gently jiggle at your ear to encourage fluid to drain down the neck to the lymph nodes.
- Sweep underneath your cheekbone, towards your hairline. Lightly jiggle the tool at your hairline.
For a more detailed instruction on how to do Gua Sha treatment, check this video out: