Where does the GUA SHA method come from?
Gua Sha is an East Asian and Chinese technique for facial and body skin that is over 1000 years old. It aims to promote well-being, circulation and remove toxin build-up from the body. The name Gua sha comes from the Chinese words GUA = to scrape, scratch, scrub and SHA = reddening mark. The tools used in Gua sha ranged from Chinese cooking spoons to bone and horn and various stones.
What does GUA SHA do to the face?
Facial cosmetic gua sha is one of the most effective ways to lift and sculpt your face with immediate results. In particular, facial features become more pronounced on the jawline and cheekbones. When done regularly and correctly, the exercise promotes better circulation, healthier skin tissue, stronger facial muscles, reduces puffiness and fine lines, and improves skin texture and elasticity. Around the eyes, gua sha is an effective way to reduce puffiness and darkness. With gua sha, your skin will be more youthful, smoother and your face will have a natural glow.
Take these into consideration when you practise GUA SHA treatment:
- Relax, breathe deeply and move the stone slowly over your skin.
- Hold the stone at a 45 degree angle to the skin and move it with light pressure.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after gua sha.
-Avoid treating problem areas of the skin such as inflamed pimples, open wounds, raised scars/blisters or irritated areas.
- If you have recently used botox, wait three to four weeks and discuss with your doctor before treating your skin with gua sha.
-Avoid working on areas with filler. Take a break for at least three months if you do. Gua sha may transfer fillers to the wrong places. Talk to your filler supplier before using gua sha.
- Make no more than 10 strokes in the same spot. Too many strokes can cause you to experience strong detox symptoms (rapid release of fluids and slag) such as dizziness or feeling flu-like.
Finlash GUA SHA instructions for the face and neck ↓