If you’ve been on social media any time in the past year or so, then chances are that you’ve seen someone, somewhere, using a Gua Sha tool. You may not have known what it was or why they were using it, but the popular Gua Sha tool has become known as the “Botox of the East.” The plus side? No actual Botox involved!
The tool itself is a smooth-edged massage instrument with a curved side, usually made of some sort of crystal. The technique itself, otherwise known as “skin scraping” or “pressure stroking” is an ancient technique used in traditional Chinese medicine used to enhance blood flow, release toxins, and promote lymphatic drainage.
The Gua Sha tool has become a popular method for decreasing the signs of aging. With proper, regular use, this technique can significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase firmness and elasticity, and has even shown to make the skin glow and look more youthful. While it’s noninvasive, and can certainly be relaxing, if you’re considering trying Gua Sha, it’s important to know how to do so properly to achieve the desired results.
How To Use a Gua Sha Tool
When it comes to the instrument itself, there’s no one specific tool or material that’s necessarily better than any other. Many experts recommend picking a tool that has the properties that most speak to you. Some are made from rose quartz, others from amethyst or jade; what really matters with Gua Sha is the scraping technique itself.
The first step is to cleanse your face using your normal skin care routine and then apply an oil or moisturizer that will help the tool slide easily across the skin without dragging or pulling at it. To get the best results, you’ll want to use this technique at least a few times a week.
To start, you’ll want to hold your Gua Sha tool with the curved side turned towards your face. You’re going to use an upwards and outwards motion, making sure to be gentle. Press firmly, but not so hard that it’s painful or pulls at your skin. Glide the tools across your face using the up and out motion, at least three to five strokes per area. Use the tool around your mouth, on your neck, jawline, chin, and cheeks.
Try implementing the Gua Sha technique as part of your morning routine, keeping the tools in the fridge overnight can be a revitalizing way to start your morning and can have the added benefits of helping to depuff your face. To reduce that start-of-the-day puffiness under the eyes, try positioning the Gua Sha Tool’s curve near the corner of the eye (by your nose) and gently sweeping the tool out towards the ear. Be sure to apply an eye cream before doing so to protect the delicate skin that surrounds the eye area.
The Gua Sha Tool and technique has been used in Eastern Medicine as a way to improve blood circulation and drain lymph nodes for centuries. Its transition to the world of western beauty has brought a calming and effective way to keep you looking youthful and maintaining the natural health and beauty of your skin. Not to mention, it’s safe, all natural, and can be a seriously relaxing and beneficial addition to your regular skin care routine!