A Gua Sha is a flat tool, made of semi-precious stone, that is used to massage the face. This modern-day face scraping technique is based on a traditional Chinese healing practice known as Gua Sha. Gua means to stroke or press, and Sha refers to redness. According to early practitioners, the redness that is obtained through scraping encourages the skin to heal itself.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GUA SHA?
After using a Gua Sha properly and regularly, you will notice these benefits -
1. Lymphatic drainage - A slow lymph system can cause puffiness, swollen skin, fatigue, acne, and other skin problems. Since lymph circulation is only possible through muscle movement or massage, using a Gua Sha is the best way to increase it.
2. Deals with cystic acne - A common misconception is that you cannot use a Gua Sha on acne. The Gua Sha tool helps reduce flare-ups, redness, and the size of acne by moving congestion and improving circulation. Just remember to never use a Gua Sha on broken skin and pustules.
3. Fights acne scars - The Gua Sha brings fresh blood to the surface of the skin which renews skin cells, hence reducing the visibility of acne scars. For effective and quick results you can use your Gua Sha on your favorite face oils & serums.
4. Reduces puffiness - Since the Gua Sha removes lymph and other fluids from your face, your skin tightens and becomes more chiseled.
5. Dark circles and dull complexion - An improved blood circulation results in lesser dark circles and a youthful glow.
6. Softens wrinkles and fine lines - The Gua Sha relaxes your stiff facial muscles and tissues, thus smoothening out aging signs.
7. Contours & sculpts jawline and cheekbones - Consistently scraping the Gua Sha on your face in the correct manner will lead to a defined jawline and cheekbones. Your face will begin to look naturally contoured as time passes by.
Rose Quartz - This pretty shade of pink is associated with emotions, compassion, and love. It is the best suited for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles and getting rid of toxins and negativity that is present in the body.
HOW TO USE GUA SHA
With this shape:
Corner Point: Suitable for acupressure & eye
Concave Edge: suitable for forehead arms & legs
Corner: Suitable for chin, nose & cheeks
Convex: Suitable for the neck & back
- Before you start, wash your Gua Sha tool with water and soap to ensure that it is clean. If you want you can even leave it in the refrigerator for a few hours for an additional cool and soothing effect on your skin.
- Cleanse your face and apply any serum, face oil or moisturizer of your choice. Your skin should be slippery with some product to prevent the Gua Sha from causing any irritation.
- Hold your tool firmly in the correct way. The curved part should hug the curves of your skin and the flat part should rest on your skin.
- Begin by using the wider concave side of your tool. Start at the base of one of the sides of your well-moisturized neck, pulling it up, towards your jaw. Repeat this a few times and do the same on the other side of your neck. Then move to the front of your neck, making the same upward movement.
- Next, with the smaller cleft or divot in your Gua Sha, start scraping from the center of your chin. Scrape it along your jawline, going towards the bottom of your ears. Repeat this a few times and follow the same movement on the other side.
- Take the flatter curve of your tool and scrape from the center of your face to massage the cheeks. You will have to do this in a couple of horizontal lines to cover the area.
- Then, use the small rounded end of your tool to massage the area under your eyes, pulling it towards your temples.
- Place your tool against your forehead in a way that the largest curve is just above and gently pull it up towards your hairline.
- Finally, once you are done massaging all the areas of your face, finish your skincare routine, if need be.
This listing is for one Rose Quartz Gua Sha tool.