Gua Sha: Your Questions Answered
Unless you’ve been hiding in a social media-less bubble for the last year or so, you’ll have spotted beauty bloggers, influencers and celebs alike all using jade rollers on their faces in an effort to improve skin tone and profile.
The latest skincare tool however is Gua Sha… and we’ve got the lowdown on it right here.
What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medicinal practice that involves skin-scraping to remove the top layer of skin in an effort to remove any dead cells and allow regeneration. Heavier than exfoliation, it causes minor tissue damage and can be done anywhere on the body. It is an alternative medicinal practice and translates directly as “scraping” or “coining”, often resulting in red and bruised areas of skin. In Asia, Gua Sha is administered by specific practitioners but can also be done at home by the individual.
In Western skincare, Gua Sha is administered in a much kinder and less harsh manner! Facially, the practice isn’t intended to induce bruising so is easier to include in a skincare regime.
A Gua Sha facial scraper (not as bad as it sounds, honestly!) is typically made up of crystals and isn’t as smooth as a jade roller. Not sharp nor smooth, these tools are carved to fit into the curves of the face.
Who can use Gua Sha?
Anyone with a regimented skincare regime and no serious damage or acne can use a Gua Sha scraper as part of their daily routine. However, we do not recommend this practice in delicate or sore areas.
When should I use Gua Sha?
Use Gua Sha in the morning and evening on freshly cleansed skin. You may wish to use a small amount of facial oil to lubricate the surface of the skin before start your gua sha facial.
How do I use Gua Sha?
Select a tool that you like and hold the curved side to your face. Work on your jawline, neck and chin first up and out along the skin. Do this five or six times with medium pressure, but not so hard as to induce bruising or serious exfoliation. Do the same across the cheeks, under the eyes and then from the eyebrows up to the hairline. Always work upwards!
How does Gua Sha work?
The texture of a Gua Sha scraper on the skin causes mild tissue damage, so circulation around it increases and rushes to the ‘scraped’ area. This induces the tissue to regenerate and heal itself quickly. The skin feels fresher and looks brighter instantly.
Why should you use Gua Sha?
Gua Sha are known to boost collagen production and tighten the skin.
They can decrease the appearance of under-eye bags and stimulate blood circulation.
Used in combination with facial oils, they improve their absorption into the skin and can help you achieve that dream glow!