What is Gua Sha and why do you need it in your life?
Gua sha is a traditional Chinese and East Asian facial scraping technique used to invite increased circulation, well-being, and remove stagnant build-up in the body. Originally a body treatment used to promote lymphatic drainage, which helps to eliminate bloating caused by interstitial fluid.
Gua sha has been adapted to be used gently on the skin of the face, it is a simple and effective anti-aging beauty technique. It involves light scraping techniques using the Gua Sha tool directly on your skin. This has been proven to help rejuvenate and enhance your face while helping to combat and prevent wrinkles, crow’s feet, puffiness, eye bags, fine lines, and signs of aging.
Gua Sha is most known for its effects in sculpting the cheekbones and lifting the chin. It has blown up on social media platforms because of amazing before and after photos showing the results from a single facial massage.
The Benefits of Gua Sha
While modern-day jade scraping might be less invasive, it can still have some pretty impressive results.
- Treats and prevents sagging skin
- Brightens the complexion
- Helps skincare products penetrate the skin deeper
- Has the ability to relieve and heal rosacea
- Greatly reduces wrinkles
- Helps eliminate dark circles around the eyes
- Encourages collagen production
- Lifts and sculpts the skins
- Aids in lymphatic drainage and reduces puffiness
How to Use a Gua Sha
It is important to go in an upward, outward direction only and press lightly by gliding over a facial oil. Work with soft pressure (versus scraping) and glide over the face contours, working inwards and outwards to create a flushing of the skin and avoid bruising.