Now you guys know how much I love skincare and skincare tools, which is why you might be surprised that I just only recently heard of Gua Sha. I’m always looking for a facial tool or treatment that will give me amazing results (without the high price tag). When I found out about this beauty tool I knew I had to investigate what it was all about and try it out for myself. Gua Sha sounded quite similar to jade rolling but it turns out it’s quite different. If you are look for more information on jade rolling we have a whole post on it. This beauty trend has been blowing up on IG this year and for good reason! Keep reading to explore the beauty trend: Gua Sha.
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Beauty Trend: Gua Sha
What is Gua Sha
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese medical therapy (sometimes called “coining”) used to assist well-being, circulation and remove toxins build-up in the body. Gua Sha has also been used to treat chronic pain. Most recently facial Gua Sha treatments have become increasingly popular. I saw a TikTok where a girl “snatched” her jawline just by using Gua Sha regularly and I was sold. The actual meaning of the word is Gua- means scrape and Sha means sand. Gua Sha treatment involves scraping a flat rose quartz or jade stone over the skin. There are so many other benefits to using a Gua Sha so keep reading!
How is Gua Sha Different Then Jade Rolling
This is one thing that I wondered when I first learned about Gua Sha, how is it different than Jade rollers. To me the sounded pretty similar (basically running a stone along you skin, granted the tools are a bit different but still) but I was wrong there are quite a few differences between Gua Sha and Jade rollers. Of course the tools are totally different sure they do offer some of the same benefits like lymphatic drainage, helping skincare products absorb, increase circulation to the skin, and can help with puffiness. The main difference between jade rollers and Gua Sha tools is that jade rolling is mainly a lymphatic drainage massage, and Gua Sha is a fascial [i.e., fibrous tissue] release massage (basically foam rolling for you face). Also Gua Sha is better known for snatching you face and jawline. Facial Gua Sha uses a stroke that creates pressure and stretch at the same time, which makes it more effective than the jade roller for sculpting facial features like cheekbone and jawline.
Benefits of Gua Sha
I love that there are so many proven benefits to using a Gua Sha and bonus that it is pretty cheap to buy one! Most beauty trends involve expensive gadgets that can cost hundreds of dollars. See the list below for all of the benefits of this amazing face tool!
- Helps to relax stiff muscles
- Promotes tissue drainage
- Boosts blood circulation
- Relieve tension of stiff muscles on the face
- Helps banish bloating
- Helps prevent and treat saggy skin
- Boosts collagen production
- Promotes a brighter complexion
- Helps with product absorption
- Stimulates circulation
- Helps produce collagen
- Softens fine lines and wrinkles
- Decreases puffiness and inflammation
- Diminishes dark circles
- Temporarily tightens skin
- Sculpts facial muscles
How Often Should You Gua Sha
Ideally you should start with using your Gua Sha one time per week and work up to more times from that. The frequency of use will depend on your skin type and your skin’s tolerance for the method, and you also need to master the technique. Once you get into a routine using your Gua Sha one time a day will give you best results. It’s also important to stick with it you may not see noticeable results until a few months after you started using your Gua Sha consistently.
Can Gua Sha Get Rid of You Double Chin
You may have seen videos on TikTok of people using Gua Sha to sculpt their jaw line and they had some amazing results. No one wants a double chin so can Gua Sha get rid of a double chin? The short answer is no- not entirely. Using a Gua Sha consistently can help with the appearance of a more snatched jawline as it helps with lymphatic drainage, but a double chin is usually caused by excess fat under the chin and Gua Sha doesn’t get rid of that.
How To Use Gua Sha
- The First step is to cleanse your face and then apply a serum or oil (make sure you apply enough oil so that the tool doesn’t drag on your skin)
- Generally you want to start in the centre of your face and use firm strokes
- With your other hand (the one that’s not using the tool) anchor your skin when you begin each stroke
- Keep the Gua Sha tool flat (about 15 degrees)
- On the neck you can use firm pressure but on the more delicate spots on your face be a bit gentler
Vegan & Cruelty Free Facial Oils We Love
It’s the golden rule of gua sha: Always apply facial oil before using your stone. You need enough slip so that the tool can easily glide across the contours of your face—without it, you can pull or tug at your delicate skin. We have rounded up some of our favourite vegan and cruelty free face oils to use with your Gua Sha. One of the key things that doing a Gua Sha facial massage is that it helps your skin to better absorb your skincare products. It’s important that you apply a good facial oil before starting. And of course we always recommend protecting your skin with sunscreen.
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