I Tried Gua Sha Facial Massage: Here’s What To Expect
It seems as though every week, there is a new beauty or wellness technique to learn about. Whether it involves brand new technology or ancient techniques, I’m all for trying something out to see if it deserves a spot in my routine. One “ancient beauty secret” that has definitely earned a permanent place in my rotation is facial massage using a traditional Chinese Gua Sha tool.
What is Gua Sha?
It’s important to note that facial Gua Sha massage technique differs some from the more intense body treatment by the same name. While Gua Sha can refer to the East Asian practice of “instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking” typically applied to the back, facial Gua Sha calls for a lighter touch. Using a smooth, shaped stone (typically jade or rose quartz), gentle strokes are applied all over the face in a slow, deliberate manner.
What does Gua Sha claim to do?
This technique using Gua Sha tools for facial massage is said to reduce inflammation and boost lymphatic drainage, helping to reduce the look of under-eye bags and general puffiness. Additionally, it is known to help alleviate stress-related symptoms such as headache, flushing, skin conditions and throbbing temples. The finished product is a healthy, glowing, radiant complexion and generally more awake-looking skin and facial features. Read more here.
How do you do Gua Sha facial massage?
As mentioned above, the technique involves slow, deliberate strokes over various sections of the face. This video does a wonderful job of thoroughly explaining and demonstrating the process in a straightforward way.
Where can I buy Gua Sha tools?
Like most things in life, I found my Gua Sha tools on Amazon. Here is the set I have (and love!):
As with any other beauty and wellness practice, consistency and proper technique are key. Although I see visible results even by practicing this technique just once a week, aiming for 2-4 times a week is probably ideal. As the video outlines, lubrication is also important for a couple of reasons. First, properly hydrating with a facial mist or toner, followed by a facial oil allows the tool to glide more easily across the face, preventing unwanted damage. Second, each stroke of the tool helps work these products into the skin, allowing for deeper hydration, and hydrated skin is happy skin!
While there plenty of great products on the market to choose from, I prefer to mix up a toning mist of equal parts rose water, orange blossom water, aloe water, and apple cider vinegar. For facial oil, I use a blend of argan and marula oils with a few drops each of rosehip oil, carrot seed oil, and lavender essential oil.
I hope you love introducing Gua Sha facial massage to your routine as much as I have!