If you have not yet been lured by this new style of facial massage, let us enlighten you right now.
Literally meaning “scraping sha-bruises”, Gua sha is a time-honored part of Chinese medicine known to increase blood circulation with light to medium pressure applied using a smooth-edged tool and your hand.
Its recently captured “fame” comes with thanks to the surge of facial massage videos roaming the shallow depths of the world wide web, with our favorite from Licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist Sandra Lanshin Chiu L.Ac. embedded for your viewing pleasure below.
Why it Works
According to licensed acupuncturist Jamie Bacharach, Dipl.Ac. “Facial gua sha is used to relieve tension in the facial muscles, improve blood circulation, and encourage lymphatic drainage to treat edema in the face” which is just a fancy way of saying that this gets rid of built-up fluids in your lymph nodes resulting in a more radiant appearance to the skin. Think smaller pores, tighter skin, brighter complexion.
Add to this the convenience of affordability and the freedom to do it at your leisure, and in the comfort of your own home, it is hard not to fall in love. All you need to see instant results is the proper technique (seriously check out the whole video above), your Gua sha tool of choice, and a really great (oil) moisturizer. This can be done as often as daily or 2-3 times a week for a total of 5 minutes.
After First Use
Expect a more sculpted face and defined features. Instant radiance and a "glow" from improved circulation.
One week Later:
After a week of regular use, you will notice reduced swelling and a naturally chiseled "zoolander" look without all the makeup. Yours is that beautifully radiant complexion that naturally contours to your bone structure, without the added liquid (toxins) and "puffiness".
Things to Note:
Remember that the skin around your eyes is extremely sensitive and must be treated with added care. The pores around your eyes are 5x smaller than the rest of the face, so they are prone to clogging if not regularly drained.
Rose Quartz vs. Jade Tools
While jade has been traditionally used for thousands of years to improve circulation and reducing puffiness, it is an adaptive soft stone, which means it tends to warm with skin contact and is prone to erode from daily “wear and tear”. Rose quartz remains cool, is greatly known for its wrinkle-reducing qualities, and unlike jade, it does not erode which means a rose quartz tool may last you longer.
Read about other great things you could be doing for your face here.