What is Gua Sha Facial and What it Can Do to Your Skin?

Some of you may be a fan of jade roller. But there’s another skincare method that you should not miss out and we’re here to tell you why. 

What is Gua Sha? 

While the terms “jade scraping” or “gua sha” may be new to your ears, the facial technique actually dates back centuries ago. Pronounced gwa sha, it’s a facial treatment that involves scraping a flat jade or rose quartz stone over the skin in upward strokes to relax stiff muscles and promote tissue drainage.

As this technique is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, your qi or energy must flow throughout your body. When qi becomes stagnant in certain areas, it’s believed that health problems can occur. With Gua Sha, it moves lymphatic fluids and breaks down tension in muscles. That means improved blood flow and less puffiness. The increase in circulation is said to up hydration for that coveted youthful glow, and it even helps the skin to naturally purge blemish-causing dirt and oils.

What are the Benefits of Gua Sha? 

– Stimulates circulation

– Helps produce collagen

– Softens fine lines and wrinkles

– Decreases puffiness

– Decreases inflammation

– Diminishes dark circles

– Temporarily tightens skin

– Brightens complexion

– Sculpts facial muscles

– Releases tightness

What are the different Gua Sha tools? 

1. The teardrop-shaped Gua Sha tool is often touted as the best one to start with, as it’s easy to grip in your hand and has a large surface area for the cheek and neck. 

2. If you want to focus on the jaw bone, the square Gua Sha features double prongs that help specifically target that area. 

3. For smaller, more delicate parts of the face (like the under-eye or the area around the lips), look for a tool that has a very precise and petite edge.

4. For a tool that mimics an actual massage, look for one with a scalloped edge.

Difference between at-home Gua Sha Facial vs. in-spa Gua Sha Facial

Although the Gua Sha tool can be easily added to your skincare routine, it’s always a good idea to see a professional especially if you’re a newbie. 

Along with experiencing the professional treatment, your esthetician can also help show you the proper technique to follow in order to achieve maximum results. Ultimately, professionals are more well-versed when it comes to the specific and nuanced gua sha techniques that can be done on particular areas of the face. 

Who Should Not Use Gua Sha?

Most people should be able to tolerate gua sha well, but if you have problems with your circulation or have diabetes, let your practitioner know before your session starts. That way, they’ll know to adjust the pressure to prevent any potential issues. Gua sha is also not recommended for those with rashes, sunburns, or blood coagulation issues.