Gua sha is a traditional Eastern Asian medicine technique to move a person’s qi (chi)—a vital energy that exists in the body, according to Chinese medicine—to release pain or other symptoms.
Facial gua sha is known to stimulate circulation, produce collagen, decrease puffiness and inflammation, tighten skin, brighten complexion, release tension and shape facial muscles. This is done through the promotion of blood circulation and lymphatic movement. It also promotes circulation to achieve fewer wrinkles and clearer skin, giving you a natural face lift.
Please note there is some natural variation in stones and what's pictured is a typical example.
Here are some general guidelines for using a Gua Sha tool on your face:
Cleanse your face thoroughly to remove any makeup or impurities.
Apply a small amount of facial oil or serum to your face. This will help the tool glide smoothly over the skin without causing irritation.
Hold the Gua Sha tool with a comfortable grip, with the flat side of the tool facing down towards your skin.
Begin at the jawline and scrape upward towards the ears using moderate to light pressure. This will help to release tension in the jaw and neck.
Continue to scrape in an upward motion along the cheekbones, starting from the center of the face and moving out towards the temples. This will help to lift and contour the face.
Use the tool under the eyes, scraping gently from the inner corner of the eye out towards the temple.
Use the tool on your forehead starting at the center, move to the side of the forehead while still moving towards the temples.
Finish by gently scraping along the hairline and across the top of the forehead.
After use, clean and sanitize the tool.
It's important to use light pressure when working on the face to avoid any damage on skin.