Gua sha has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a massage and sculpting tool, but why has the humble Gua Sha become so popular? Let us break it down for you.
What Is Gua Sha?
A Gua Sha is simply a crystal or stone which has been carved and sculpted into curves that are made to fit and contour areas of your face. The most popular stone of choice is Rose Quartz Gua Sha in Australia, due to its abundance and pretty pink colouring. Rose Quartz also promotes self-love and helps stimulate the circulatory system.
What Does Gua Sha Do?
When used in a methodical scraping fashion a Gua Sha is the perfect tool to massage facial muscles, reduce puffiness, stimulate circulation and enhance your natural beauty by sculpting your facial features. It is also believed that the properties in Rose Quartz help to improve uneven and dull skin by generating skin cell renewal.
Benefits of Gua Sha
- Promotes lymphatic drainage and reduces puffiness
- Improves circulation
- Increases collagen production
- Relieves muscle tension
- Improves product penetration
- Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
- Tones facial muscles
The scraping action used with a Gua Sha helps to stimulate the facial muscles, facia, lymphatic and circulatory systems. Due to the gentle touch and targeted movements, this process is deeply relaxing which helps to activate our parasympathetic nervous system putting you into a relaxed nervous state.
How to use Gua Sha
Before you start, apply your favorite serum, facial oil, or moisturiser using a facial roller or clean hands.
To enjoy the best results from Gua Sha facial massage we recommend using once daily.
Starting at the chin use the top of the “love heart” and move the tool upwards towards the ear using sweeping motions. Repeat this motion multiple times before moving to the opposite side.
Starting just above the mouth, beside your nose, using the longest side of the Gua Sha glide the stone along the cheekbones. Drag the tool upwards using medium pressure, following the contours of the cheekbones, towards the hairline. Repeat this motion before moving to the opposite side.
Place the gua sha flat against the inner corner of the eye using the longest point of the “love heart” and use gentle pressure to sweep outwards towards the hairline. Repeat this motion before moving to the opposite side.
Using the smallest point of the ‘love heart’ underneath the eyebrow and the longest point above the eyebrow. Using gentle pressure and sweeping motions following the shape of the eyebrows out towards the hairline.
Place the Rose Quartz gua sha flat against the inner corner of the eye using the longest point of the “love heart” and use gentle pressure to sweep outwards towards the hairline. Repeat this motion before moving to the opposite side.