Gua Sha – The Chinese Beauty Secret To Tighten Skin
Gua sha is an ancient Chinese beauty secret that has taken the beauty industry by storm.
Some would consider it a natural face lift, delivered by a small handheld gemstone. What is gua sha?
To gua sha, you use a smooth-edged tool to stroke your skin while exerting pressure. The repeated motions raises temporary small, red, streaks known as petechiae or sha.
There are many benefits and uses of the gua sha method for beauty and general health. It is most commonly used to increase lymphatic drainage which can help reduce puffiness, tenseness, fatigue, muscle soreness, and headaches.
Facial gua sha also has a lot of beauty benefits and works by smoothing, lifting, and sculpting the skin. Since the gua sha stone helps calm down lymph nodes and remove other fluids from your face, your skin tightens, appears smoother, and becomes more chiseled. It’s like an all natural and much more affordable face lift!
The pressure from rubbing the precious stone on your face also helps improve blood circulation which gives your skin a nice glow as well as naturally amps up the natural collagen, giving you a more youthful appearance.
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Types of Gua Sha
The most popular is jade. Jade helps promote the blood’s circulation while reducing puffiness and brightening your complexion. Constant use will help prevent wrinkles and improve skin elasticity. Jade is known as a protective stone that keeps the wearer from harm and brings harmony.
Rose quartz is another popular choice. The soft pink gemstone softens your skin and makes it brighter and tighter. The gentleness of the stone reduces fine lines and wrinkles and leaves a complexion with a luminous glow. Rose quartz is known as a stone that promotes love, self-love, and deep feelings of inner-peace.
Black Obsidian is known to help tighten pores as well as remove toxins and impurities. Regular use can help prevent breakouts and leave a tighter, purer complexion. Think of it like a vacuum of negativity. The stone is known to be protective and shields against negative energies.
Amethsyt is a great stone to help inflammation and has a gentle, cooling effect. Using this stone can help tighten pores and leave a younger, brighter complexion. It can help remove dead skin and help the blood circulation on your face to better oxygenate the skin. It is known to be a natural tranquilizer releasing stress and promoting a more calming aura.
How to Do Gua Sha?
Firmly holding your gua sha stone, start at the base of your neck and glide the stone upwards to the end of your chin. Find the natural curves of your body and face and adjust the stone accordingly. It should feel comfortable and natural. Repeat this 5-10 times on both sides and the middle of the neck while applying a soft but firm amount of pressure.
If you see red marks appear don’t be alarmed. That is the petechiae showing and is completely normal.
Next, glide the gua sha stone in an upwards motion from your jaw to your ears. Think of it as ironing your face and always pushing in an upwards motion like a face lift.
I like to do my jaw area, cheeks (gliding from nose to ear in an upward motion), and my forehead (from brow to the top of the hair line). Many like to add a little wiggle motion when you get to the end of the glide to help stimulate circulation and release any knots and tension.
Be gentle on the areas under the eyes since the skin under your eyes is very sensitive. You shouldn’t feed any rough tugging and only a gentle glide of the gua sha.
You can use this as a morning routine and apply make-up right after or as a way to cleanse and relax before bed. Or if you’re like me, gua sha your face while watching TV or reading gossip on the internet since beauty never takes a break! And of course, gua sha is good for men as well!
It’s recommended to include gua sha into your facial routine at least three times a week to get maximum effects. I saw results immediately after a few usages and swear by gua shaing now! It is definitely an un-ignorable part of my beauty routine.
There are really no negative side effects, but of course, if you have very sensitive skin and are seeing any kind of irritation it’s best to stop and possibly talk to your dermatologist for any underlying issues.
Before and After Guasha
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