Gua Sha is one of the latest luxury wellness treatments done with stylish jade or rose quartz tools.
Pronounced gwa sha, it’s said to contour the face, reduce puffiness and improve lymphatic drainage.
While Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese method to improve overall health, it wasn’t designed for beauty.
Gua sha was originally used to revive exhausted peasants from heatstroke and to ward off seasonal cold/flu virus.
There were no fancy jade tools either. Animal horns or bones, soup spoons, a coin or even fists were used.
Gua means ‘scrape’ and the process resulted in bright red skin and pain.
Gua sha for facial rejuvenation
The facial rejuvenation benefits of gua sha were discovered by mistake. Acupuncturists had been using meridian points on the face to treat ailments in other parts of the body. Then they noticed that complexions were improving and wrinkles were reducing.
Your face is a map to your overall wellbeing and emotional health, and acupuncturists can see which emotions are locked into your face.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic system that looks to restore free flow of Qi throughout your body. Your face, tongue and pulses provide a map to the inner harmony of your body. Where you have blockages in the flow of Qi, pain occurs. Anger is an emotion that causes a disharmony to the Liver. An overworked Kidney is seen in dark shadows under your eyes. By restoring free flow of Qi, your body is healthier and this is reflected in better complexion.
French women have regular gua sha facials to release tension and emotions such as grief and anger, that are locked into facial muscles.
How to hold your gua sha tool
The specific holding technique is important. Apply the tool upwards and outwards, keeping it at a 15 degrees angle to your skin.
For wide areas use the flat surface and for smaller areas eg between your eyebrows, use the narrow or pointy part.
Do a maximum of 5-7 strokes on each area of your face- this is to prevent buising or extreme redness. You may wish to do only 3-5 strokes. This is fine!
Keep the pace slow. If you are rushed for time, do fewer passes.
Be gentle around your eyes – no tugging!
Some people like to do a little wiggle of the tool before lifting it.
For extra benefits, use the pointed area of your gua sha tool to massage the acupressure points between your eyebows, at the end of your eyebrows, next to your nose and at your temples. (These face lift points are used in Wendy’s facial rejuvenation treatments!)
How to use gua sha on your face
First cleanse your hands, face and gua sha tool.
Then apply an oil, serum or balm to your skin to prevent chafing or abrasion. A silky hyaluronic acid vitamin C serum is excellent. This is to is to provide slippage so that you don’t damage your skin by over stretching the collagen. Note: If the product sinks in and you feel tugging , apply another layer.
Samba is specifically designed for use with facial massage and Gua Sha. The cooling and repairing Blue Tansy extract helps reduce inflammation and speed healing.
Using the diagram, the areas to focus on are:-
- Up your neck – do the back of the neck, sides and front.
- From your chin along the jaw line to your ears.
- From your nose towards your ears
- Up to your hairline from your eyebrows
When you’ve finished, spritz your face with a facial mist like Drench. Drink a glass of water or herbal tea to help flush the toxins from your system.
If you’ve got time and want to extend this into a spa-worthy luxury, apply a 24 carat gold mask or serum to your skin.
Wipe your gua sha tool with a tissue.
Extra tips for gua sha
If you wake in the morning with a puffy face, then do some gentle gua sha after spritzing your face with Drench facial tonic.
If you are stressed, then in the evening use your gua sha tool to loosen tightness. You may be surprised how much tension you have in your cheeks and jawline.
You can even massage your face while watching Netflix or reading a book!
Warning – never do gua sha over acne, maskne, irritation or sunburn. Do not use it for 14 days after injectable filler or botox.
Why gua sha?
Benefits of gua sha on your face are said to be contouring and a reduction in puffiness by manually moving stagnant lymphatic fluids. Your skin is oxygenated and receives more nutrients through increased blood flow. Waste products and toxins are eliminated. Collagen production is boosted.
And it’s super easy to do at home. All you need is a tool, clean fingers, and a product to stop skin damage.
So consider using a gua sha tool to improve collagen , iron out wrinkles , depuff your face and and improve your complexion.