As skinnerds, we’re always on the lookout for natural skincare methods that are both non-invasive and results-driven. Gua sha facial massage, our latest obsession, has ticked those boxes and then some.
So, what exactly is gua sha?
With roots in traditional Chinese medicine, gua sha helps alleviate tension in the jaw, temples and forehead and helps release toxins.
The massage is performed by moving a specifically shaped tool over pressure points in the neck and face. Gua sha increases blood flow to the area being worked on and stimulates the lymphatic system (which revs up your body’s ability to reduce water retention in the face and puffiness around the eyes).
Facial gua sha should be done with light to medium pressure using smooth continuous motions. The goal here is to increase blood flow, reduce muscle tension and stimulate your lymphatic system. Be careful not to press too hard, an overenthusiastic approach can easily lead to a bruise, you are after all running the tool directly over the bones in your face – skin on your face is tender people, treat it with tender loving care.
You’ll know you’re doing the massage correctly when a rosy glow appears and puffiness starts to decrease from under the eyes.
Make it part of your day
Make this type of self care part of your daily skincare program. We like to do ours at night as a relaxing way to wind down after the day and when time allows for it, we do ours whilst reveling in an aromatherapy bath or soak ( hel-lo at-home mini spa escape!)
Choose your gua sha tool
There are a gazillion choices out there so have fun choosing a gua sha tool that speaks to you! These tools come in a wide variety of materials – like rose quartz and semi-precious gemstones like jade – and can be beautiful additions to your vanity.
Clean them after every use with gentle soap and warm water and steer clear of high test disinfectants and alcohol. Be forewarned – the tools made from crystals are fragile so handle them with care.
Choose your facial oil
Use a facial oil made specifially for skin care. Don’t use any product intended for the body as this can lead to breakouts! We like plant-based oils (of course!) with bio-freindly ingredients like jojoba, evening primrose or squalane.
Is gua sha right for everyone?
- If you are experiencing acne proceed with caution. You can still do the massage, just make sure you are only working on clear areas of the skin.
- Rosacea peeps, this one’s not for you – the last thing we want to do is stimulate your overly sensitive skin.
- Finally, never run a gua sha stone over an inflamed area of the skin or a sunburn.
Lets do this
To do your gua sha facial massage you really only need two things: A gua sha tool designed for use on the face and a high-quality facial oil to provide slip.
Before you begin
- Prep the skin by cleansing with an appropriate cleanser for your skin type
- Apply an adequate amount of facial oil ( a few drops usually does the trick) to your neck and face
Let’s get started!
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Citrine Gua Sha Stone
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