GUA SHA: The Ancient Beauty Secret That'll Take Years Off Your Skin

This ancient massage technique has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years to improve blood circulation, open lymphatic pathways, relieve pain and release blocked energy. Gua Sha can be used on any part of the body, especially on the face due to its fantastic youthful benefits. When performed correctly, puffiness is immediately reduced and stagnation is dissolved, while the tender glide and pull on the face tones muscles and firms the skin. Facial gua sha also restores the skin’s natural hydration, sculpts the jawline, youthifies lips, lifts facial contours, softens the frown lines on the forehead (especially in between brows) and draws out toxins that can lead to acne and blackheads.

Additional Benefits: It’s capable of treating pretty much any skin condition, from rosacea to cystic acne.

How-To

STEP 1:

First and foremost wash your face (double cleanse) and be sure to remove all makeup, dirt, and oil from the day – then lightly pat on moisturizer for your skin type. This is a vital step because the moisturizer helps the Gua sha tool glide over your skin nicely. I do not recommend using this tool on dry, unmoisturized skin.

Moisturizer Options:

Dry Skin: Apply a moisturizer with hyaluronic as it attracts and retains moisture.

Sensitive Skin: Try a rose or aloe vera infused moisturizer, a light oil (jojoba, avocado) or a natural butter ( shea, cocoa, mango, mowrah).

Oily Skin: Opt for an oil-free moisturizer or something with tea tree oil to control excessive sebum production and fight blemish-causing bacteria.

STEP 2:

Firm Jawline: Place the Gua sha tool under the tip of your chin. Glide outward to one side until you reach your earlobe. Do this movement 5-10 times and repeat on the other side.

Give Yourself a Glow: Place tool at one side of your nose. Follow your cheekbone in an upward arch to the edge of your ear. Do this movement 5-10 times and repeat on the other side.

Erase and Firm Frown Lines: Place tool at the center of your forehead, near the headline. Using firm yet delicate pressure, move the Gua sha tool down one side of your forehead following the headline. Do this movement 5-10 times and repeat on the other side.

— How much pressure should one use?

Firm, but gentle. Your skin might get a bit rosy due to the increased blood flow but that’ll subside naturally. If at any moment you begin to feel uncomfortable, you’re applying too much pressure. After one session, you’ll see instant results—but as with working out and healthy eating, results are progressive. Massage work requires dedication to see a full transformation. Treatments By Lanshin has a lovely in depth tutorial on how to properly use tool.

PRO TIP: The best time to perform this ritual is right before bed. Sleep is when your skin rejuvenates itself.

++ Remember, this is an ancient technique where self care is essential and self love is praised. Cultivate and arouse love within yourself while in progress.

All my love,

Shani