Adapting the traditional Chinese medicine technique of gua sha into your skincare regimen promises real skincare results. As you run a gua sha tool over your skin, you stimulate circulation, reduce stagnancy, and allow lymphatic fluids to drain, ultimately bringing you more vibrant-looking skin.
As you go to select your gua sha stone, you will notice many different shapes. Each shape is designed for different areas of the body, and for facial gua sha, you need a smooth stone that can easily contour the natural shape of your neck and face. For example, you can use heart shape Gua Sha stons for face, neck, and back; or S shape Gua Sha stones for face, waist, and joint limbs.
Here is the best gua sha technique for your face.
Lubricate the Skin
Lubricate your skin with your favorite skincare oil, moisturizer, or serum. Rosehip Organic Beauty Oil by Divine Essence can be a good choice. Made from 100% natural oils, you never want to use a gua sha stone on dry skin.
Press the Tool Gentle in Your Skin
Hold the stone with slightly firm but gentle pressure and move it over your skin. Start under the jawline. Press and stroke downward on both sides of the neck to drain excess fluid into the lymphatic lands. Always downward. Avoid the windpipe.
Press and Hold Under Each Eye
Press and hold the tool under each eye. Then over each eye with the lid shut. This is to stimulate circulation in this area. Some people enjoy starting out with this before they do the jawline, especially if you’ve pre-cooled the gua sha tool by keeping it in the fridge or freezer. It will immediately wake you up.
Angle and Work Your Gua Sha Facial Tool
Angle your tool at 45 degrees in the direction you’re working with. Always use the rounded edge to avoid a skin injury. Press and stroke the forehead. Then, the cheekbones. Then, the lips. Do no more than eight sweeps in each direction. When working on your face, always work upwards and/or outwards on all sides of the face. Never massage downwards directly on your face.
Do Not Rush
Throughout this process, never rush gua sha. Take your time and make sure your gua sha technique is excellent. Use one hand on the tool and the other to stretch or flatten the skin. Lastly, be sure not to overdo it. A 10-minute facial gua sha session twice a day is your maximum and won’t harm the skin.
Benefits Of Gua Sha
- Boost collagen and elastin.
- Support lymphatic drainage.
- Plump the skin and bright complexion.
- Soothe sore eyes and skin.
- Release stress and tension in your facial muscles.
- Improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Reduce inflammation.
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