Gua sha may be a term you had never heard of before but all of a sudden gua sha feels like the hottest skincare trend to hit the collective radar. Gua sha is not a new thing, it has been around for thousands of years and is used in traditional Chinese medicine. Anyone can do a gua sha treatment on themselves and below we show you a simple Simple 5 Step Gua Sha Routine.
What is a Gua Sha Tool?
Gua sha is a face massage tool usually made of jade or quartz. You use it by scrapping the tool over your skin for health benefits. The gua sha tool has curves designed to fit the contour of your face and it can be easily held in the palm of your hand. It is ultra smooth and polished which allows it to glide effortless over your skin without grazing the skin or causing damage.
What are the benefits of Gua Sha?
- Gua sha treatments can help relax the muscles, help circulation and reduce puffiness.
- Gua sha can be used after applying a facial oil to stimulate deeper absorption.
- Facial massage promotes lymphatic drainage and relaxes tension.
- Regular gua sha use can help smooth, tone and brighten your skin.
- Massage helps improve blood flow and stimulate collagen production.
Using a gua sha tool allows us to work on our skin with a light or firm pressure, depending on how we are feeling.
You can also keep your gua sha in the fridge for a cooling massage to reduce puffiness.
Five step Gua Sha face massage routine
Start your routine with your neck. Place the gua sha on your neck and pull down gently using an even, sweeping stroke in a downwards motion. Start under your ear and pull to the top of your collar bone. Work your way along the front of your neck and through to the other side and repeat two or three times.
From the centre of your chin pull out towards your ear along the jawline and gently support the skin with your other hand on your chin. For a deeper massage press the tool deeply to work along the jawline to help ease tension and stimulate blood flow. We often carry a lot of stress in our jaw so this is a great way to relax and release tension we may be carrying.
Moving on to your cheeks, press down from the side of our nose towards your ear. Repeat this a few times on each side. Using the tip of the gua sha, place it underneath your eye and using sweeping motions very gently move outwards towards the temple. This area is delicate so be gentle.
Finish by working from the centre of the brows and move upwards towards the hairline, slowly working out from here and repeating two or three times.
Although the above is a simple 5 step gua sha routine, the great thing about this tool is that you can play around with how you use it for facial massage. Maybe you want to focus on one area or freestyle after you have put your facial oil on. The aim is to feel good and reap the benefits of creating this lovely blood flow to your face.