Gua Sha is a practice derived from Chinese medicine that has become popular among beauty gurus as of late. It was developed to address muscle pain and tension, but it has recently become popular in the skincare and beauty industry as a way to naturally contour your face, improve circulation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and provide an alternative to getting botox. Here’s what you need to know about Gua Sha – how to do it, its uses, and the benefits you’ll get from using it.
How to Use Gua Sha Tools
Gua sha tools are made from crystals, and while they are available in a range of different shapes, they typically have a thin, curved edge which is used to apply pressure to the desired area. To contour your face, you will press the edge of the tool on your skin, and in a scraping, motion work the knots and tension out of the muscles by sliding the tool in an upward motion. Since the face is quite sensitive, you only need to apply light pressure to see results. You’ll want to start on the cheeks, pulling the tool up and back towards the edge of your face. At the end of each stroke, wiggle the tool to work out any remaining knots. You can do this on any area of your face, however, be sure to work from the inside out. When you are first starting, you should only use a few strokes in each area so as not to irritate the skin. Once you become familiar with your skin’s tolerance, you can add more.
Benefits of Gua Sha
Gua Sha’s main advantage is the release of muscle tension and pain. It can be used all over the body, and it primarily works out the kinks and stress in the body by relieving pressure. It can even break up scar tissue that has built up after an injury. Many practitioners of gua sha also claim that it can help reduce inflammation and boost your immune system’s recovery time. However, there hasn’t been any conclusive research on this benefit yet.
When used on the face, Gua Sha can increase circulation, leading to healthier skin cells, and it helps make your face look slimmer as well. There are a few reasons for this benefit. The first is that the movement of the Gua Sha tools encourages the lymphatic system to drain fluids from the face, which makes you look and feel less bloated. Gua Sha can also loosen muscle folds and knots that are causing wrinkles, making your face look tighter and smoother.
It’s important to note that Gua Sha can cause bruising when applied too heavily. However, this is not common. If you are trying this for the first time, it may help to go to a professional for one session to learn how to best use the tools. You can also find many professional video tutorials online. Using gua sha is an excellent natural way to make your face look and feel its best.
Here’s a video we love that demonstrates how to use these tools properly: