Have you started doing Gua Sha yet? I keep calling it new, butttttt truth is it’s actually thousands of years old. I just mean it’s new to my bathroom and skin care routine. Because I am so new to this technique, I am not even trying to claim that I am an expert. However, I have seen great results in the few weeks I have been doing it.
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese technique to restore and rejuvenate skin naturally–think like natural botox. If you Google it, some very scary pictures will pop up, but I am talking about facial Gua Sha which helps with lymphatic drainage. It’s not scary at all.
It’s very simple and not dangerous. I do Gua Sha on my face in the morning when I wake up. This is when my face is super bloaty and puffy. I use these rose quartz stones and basically push all the fluid in my face to the side and down. I do this throughout my neck, my cheeks, my chin and particularly under my eyes.
I do this technique in the morning to stimulate blood flow, decrease puff and bloat, and release fascia. In addition, this technique helps tighten muscles, lift and plump skin, and boost circulation. It’s going to help products and serums absorb into your face too. The benefits are awesome.
Fun fact: I actually throw mine in the freezer. It does nothing Gua Sha-wise, but helps me wake up in the morning because the stones are cold. I love the way my face feels every morning, and it was just the perfect addition to my skincare routine. I can tell the difference IMMEDIATELY in my skin, tone, and lift of my face.
Here is my little tutorial:
I purchased this set of three rose quartz Gua Sha stones on Amazon. I really didn’t know anything about the different types of stones when I purchased them, so if I’m being totally honest, I liked that they were pink. Sue me.
Obviously different nooks and crannies fit different parts of your face, so you use different stones for different sections.
The number one tip I would give is to make sure your face is properly lubricated. Gua Sha is the step I do after I complete my hydration serum and oils. Having a soft and hydrated face really allows the stones to smoothly glide and help clear drainage.
So I start with my neck. I use the square looking one and run it down the length of my neck at a 45 degree angle. I start on one side and move to the other repeating the same motion over and over again.
Then I just move horizontally up my face. I change stones based on the area that fits my bone structure the best. I push the fluid out towards my hair and then down. I focus for awhile under my eyes and around my cheek bones.
Be sure not to move too quickly. This is a slow-scrape across your face. Don’t just put it on and pull quickly, give your face time to feel the effects.
Since I have a new YouTube Channel, would you like a video on how to properly execute this technique? Let me know.
Have you ever done the Gua Sha technique? What are your thoughts?
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Lily Ayala says
Pretty sure I had never heard of this — so neat!
Summer @ Coffee With Summer says
Never heard of this but is so intriguing! Would definitely watch a video tutorial if you make one!
Christine Goulbourne says
This is a new skin treatment technique for me. Thank you for modeling how the stones are used and the tip for freezing them makes sense for relieving puffiness.
I’ve never heard of this, but it sounds interesting! It is always great to find something that works.
Erica @ Coming up Roses says
NEVER heard of Gua Sha, but it sounds amazing…must try!!
Felicia Renee says
I’ve heard a lot of good things about gua sha & I’m so curious to try it! It seems like it works, and it sounds so cool. I really want to try jade rolling as well.