Gua sha is a beauty practice that has stood the test of time. Its origins can be found in traditional Chinese medicine and people have used gua sha on their faces and bodies for thousands of years. Gua sha can enhance your appearance in a multitude of ways — it can help diminish fine lines, boost collagen production, enhance skin cell renewal and help sculpt your face. Some people even refer to gua sha as Eastern Botox or call it a gua sha face lift. Additionally, the process can be calming and therapeutic, improving your overall state of mind as the light pressure and methodical strokes of gua sha practice help to relax the nervous system. Curious about gua sha? Here’s how you can use the tool on various parts of your face.
6 Ways to Use Gua Sha for Your Face
1. Neck Tension Relief
According to traditional Chinese medicine, neck tension can show on your face because the Qi isn't flowing there as readily as it should be. Gua sha can provide neck tension relief which in turn can also be beautifying. Use a series of strokes for your neck — you stroke from the top of your bra strap area all the way up to your neck to the jawline and work your way from the arm to the front of the neck. Be extra careful on the front of the neck, especially when gliding the gua sha on your throat. The neck is the perfect place to start your gua sha practice before you start working the rest of your face.
2. Sculpting the Face
Facial gua sha de-puffs and sculpts the face. By using light to medium pressure from cheek to temple and wiggling your gua sha at the end of each stroke, you’re getting fresh blood flowing under your skin. Then by using the comb side of your gua sha gently stroking from under your ear to your collarbone, you’re flushing away lymphatic fluid and excess toxins. Make sure to use some kind of facial oil to provide “slip” and safely do gua sha on your face. We have two oils to help with gua sha; a calming Yin Balancing Facial Oil and a stimulating Yang Balancing Facial Oil.
3. Creating a Chiseled Cheek and Jawline
Gua sha can seriously contour your face with regular use, and can help sculpt your cheeks and jawline. Run the flat side of the gua sha from your chin to temple toward your ear under each cheekbone for best results. Repeat these sweeping strokes from jawline, to cheek and finally to cheekbone, always ending at the temple and wriggling a bit at the end.
4. Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Gua sha can also address fine lines and wrinkles. For this, you can use the comb part of the gua sha and gently "erase" the lines with quick but light strokes from side to side. Finish with a long stroke to smooth out the entire area using the flat side of the gua sha. This technique is frequently used on frown and smile lines.
5. Under Eyes and Brow Lift
The gua sha can lift the eye area, help prevent droop, counteract crows feet and reducing the appearance of undereye circles. Take one of the rounded sides of your gua sha, and very gently move it under your eye to the temple using extremely light pressure while anchoring at the nose with your opposite hand. You can also create an eye lift by gently cupping your eye socket with one hand and using the flat part of your gua sha to sweep your tool from top of eyebrows up your forehead to under your hairline.
Looking for more firmness and radiance in your bra area? Gua sha can help with that! Start working your décolleté with the gua sha by anchoring one hand in the middle of your chest. Then using the flat side of the gua sha gently stroke outwards towards the underarm then repeat through the entire area.
Overall, gua sha practice when performed daily or even just three to four times per week will have a cumulative effect, giving your face a brighter and more "alive" appearance, a more sculpted jaw and lifted eye, a smoother complexion overall and an overall evening of the skin tone.
Used on your body, gua sha can relieve tension, help firm skin, reduce inflammation and can promote overall wellbeing.
What You Need to Know About Gua Sha Tools
The material touching your face is really important. Plastic gua sha tools for face or man-made gua shas don't have the same glide or feel to them. We’ve sampled so many of them and there really is a difference — even the sound they made while you are using the tool is different.
When it comes to natural materials, there are many different types of gua sha stones and all stones have different properties that shine through. We currently offer a white jade tool, as well as amethyst and obsidian gua shas, all with their own weight, feel, and benefits. If you’re not sure about which gua sha stone to get and would also like options like a roller or eye wand, you can also opt for a gua sha tool set that will provide variety.
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