What is gua-sha? April 16, 2020 16:02
Gua-sha is a traditional East Asian healing technique, consisting in “scraping” the skin to relieve pain and tension in muscles and joints. While you can use vigorous scraping for the body, when used on the face gua-sha is much gentler and is meant to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, while sculpting, firming and lifting your face. If your face skin is lacking vibrancy and glow, you have to try the gua-sha technique.
Before you start the massage, make sure you cleanse your face perfectly and then apply an oil serum on your face and neck. Our Deep Nourishment Oil Serum is perfect for this, since it will give you more glide time and feed your skin with vitamins and antioxidants at the same time.
How to use the gua-sha tools: Move the tool in gentle gliding motions going upwards and outwards, starting from the center of the face, then use the tool to go down the sides of the neck to stimulate lymphatic drainage. Always use light pressure.
A variety of crystals are used to make gua-sha tools: jade, rose quartz, fluorite etc. Choose the crystal that resonates with you. I chose rose quartz because it is so pretty, but also because it is a stone of self-love, encouraging you to be gentle with yourself and accept your flaws.
When to use the gua-sha technique: There's no right or wrong time. I personally use it at night after cleansing and applying the oil. In the morning, I prefer to use my jade roller. But more about using a roller in another post.
After use, wash your tools with soap and water, dry and store in a clean fabric bag or towel.
Have you used gua-sha tools before? I would love to hear about your experience. Leave a comment below to share your results.
Here's to a healthy, beautiful you!