Lately, there has been a return of old school beauty treatments. In the ancient medical traditions of China and Southeast Asia, gua sha, a method of facial massage with crystal tools was used to keep skin youthful, relieve tension in the face, boost blood circulation and encourage lymphatic drainage. “Fascia” is the connective tissue which holds muscles together but can sometimes interfere with optimal circulation. The facial gua sha massage helps break this up, making your face slimmer and sharper. It is also known to help with headaches, jaw pain, and an overall glow. Some people even use it as a replacement to botox!
In the early traditional days, anything from an antler to a horn, to a porcelain spoon would be used on the body as a vigorous scraping technique. The new popular gua sha tools are gentle, don’t worry, gliding over the tissue with a crystal stone.
Gua sha is best performed on clean skin. Prime your skin with serum or oil so that you have a smooth surface to glide over. Sweep the tool down your neck, up your jawline, your cheekbones, forehead, temples, under eyes ect. There are lots of youtube videos on the technique. You will be able to feel balls and spots in your face that feel tight. These are the ligaments you want to break up. The daily stress of life takes a toll on our jaw and facial muscles, so this is so beneficial. I like to glide the gua sha tool across the different areas about 10 times.
Gua sha is a popular facial to get but you can also did it at home. I must caution though not to use the gua sha tool too rigorously. There have been reports of bruising and such but I have not experienced anything like that personally. Don’t go crazy with it, I am sure you will get the best way once you have practiced using it. Just don’t hurt yourself please!
I bought a gua sha face roller and tool. I absolutely love it!! I was looking for anti-aging masks online and gua sha tool came up. I read some reviews, did some research and then decided I wanted to try it for myself. Well I am super glad I did!
After just a week of use, my skin is so smooth and shiny and definitely slimmer. I must have had swollen lymph nodes because the swelling really went down and contoured my face really nicely. I have been using it with coconut oil so that it glides smoothly. It really feels nice and is a great intentional form of self-care. I would definitely recommend the gua sha tool and also the gua sha face roller. Here are what they look like.