I'm Sure You've Heard...
Updated: Mar 11, 2020
It's all over the beauty & skincare world and one of the most-searched-for topics on Google. A top trend celebrities and influencers turn to add to their well-tended complexions. Well, let me break it to you: Gua Sha is NOT a trend. It's been around throughout all of history and is here to stay if you know what you're up to. Perhaps you've read my feature in Fab Fit Fun's article? I share all that one needs to know to begin the practice of Gua Sha in their own skincare ritual. Personally, I believe it’s one of the MOST effective ways to drain lymphatic fluid that gets built up in the face. In combination with my specially curated lymphatic drainage massage, one may effectively reduce the build-up of toxins that many experience as that morning puffiness, or all day puffiness, depending on the severity, along with dull and lackluster skin.
For some background, Gua Sha is an ancient technique used in traditional Chinese medicine to clear acute stagnation in the flow of energy in the body. Different from body Gua Sha, which uses firm, vigorous motions, Gua Sha of the face is much gentler, meant to increase vibrancy and glow in the skin. This is something that can be lacking when one is consistently enduring high amounts of stress. It often involves a crystal tool made of jade or rose quartz like the tool we carry in our shop, which you then lightly glide onto the face.
Helping to contour and shape the face by working out and training the muscles for a more contoured, chiseled face shape, Gua Sha improves circulation as the gentle gliding motion promotes blood flow. It breaks up adhesions in the fascia (the connective tissue between the muscle and the skin), and aids in relieving muscle tension. Did you know? Repetitive muscle tension can actually encourage the formation of wrinkles. Enter, Gua Sha. This method makes for an incredible treatment for mature skin as it can help to drastically reduce fine lines and wrinkles with regular use.
+ Maneuver the Gua Sha tool in a gentle gliding motion going upwards and outwards.
+ Starting from the center of the face, then use the tool to go down the sides of the neck to maximize lymphatic drainage. Always use light pressure!
Pick a crystal that resonates with you – whether it be jade, rose quartz, or fluorite – and run with it. When performing Gua Sha at home, it's a good idea to use a facial oil, of sorts, so that there’s plenty of slip and glide. Our Sun Goddess Oil is a lovely product for this as it contains a lovely blend of nutrient-dense ingredients.
Practice Gua Sha as it fits for your skin-care ritual. This can be a very individual choice. If you’re looking for basic upkeep, you can perform Gua Sha anywhere from once a week to seven days a week. If you’re looking to seriously relieve muscle tension in the face, jaw or neck or diminish wrinkles, performing Gua Sha daily is ideal.
Gua Sha done improperly can:
+ Activate a trigger point causing a coinciding body part to go numb.
+ Trap lymphatic fluid in your face causing a tension headache and/or migraine.
+ Pull a muscle in the wrong direction and cause it to spasm or slowly atrophy (sag) over time.
Gua Sha done properly:
+ Clears any stagnations in the blood, thus improving the flow of Qi (chi) throughout the body’s meridians.
+ “Iron” out any fine lines or wrinkles, improving circulation and plumping the skin as your body produces more collagen.
Drain your lymph!
While all skin types can benefit from Gua Sha, I would not recommend this treatment for anybody with active pustules or cystic acne (Gua Sha may irritate the skin and spread bacterium). If you're left confused or have any questions about this practice, comment below! Here's to years of healthy skin.