If you’re one to look at all the latest beauty tips and tricks, you’ve definitely heard of Gua Sha. But what exactly is Gua Sha? It actually directly translates to “to scrape ” in Chinese. Now, let’s take a stroll down history lane if you will. Gua Sha is an ancient East Asian and Chinese healing practice.
During your treatment the practitioner will take a flat or semi-curved tool and pull it across the skin to increase your blood flow. Essentially it helps drain the lymphatic system and help with symptoms of chronic pain and inflammation. Gua Sha is great in helping to sculpt, lift, and contour your face. When done correctly and practiced regularly it can actually promote better circulation, reduce puffiness, improve skin texture and skin elasticity.
Nowadays most Gua Sha’s are made out of crystals like rose quartz or jade. It is also said that using a Gua Sha is more effective because of the nature of the technique. The angles of the tool can target and focus on specific sections of the skin and muscles. Some of the benefits in using your Gua Sha can include de-puffing, lifting and helping your muscles release any tension, especially after a long day at work or even after a great gym session.
If you’re ready to start your Gua Sha-ing like a pro, make sure your Gua Sha has two different angles or grooves, this will help target areas like your jawline and cheeks. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
- Before you get started make sure you lubricate your skin with a moisturizer or any facial oil or serum. This helps you glide the stone more smoothly when pulling the skin.
- Always start at the base of your neck, applying pressure with the flat side of your tool moving towards your chin. Repeat this step on all sides of your neck.
- Next, from the base of your chin slowly start moving towards your cheekbone. Try using the smaller angles of the tools to really help get under your eyes, forehead and cheeks. Remember, always work upwards.
And don’t forget to relax and move slowly with intention. Take deep breaths and remember you got this! Now, if you’ve recently had any toxin done consult with your provider before treating that specific area and avoid working on any area where you recently had filler done.