This traditional Chinese medicine tool benefits all skin types.
More than just a viral TikTok trend, gua sha stones are a tool that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for centuries. Typically made of a smooth, angled stone, a gua sha tool is used with an appropriate facial oil to apply gentle pressure to the face to improve lymphatic flow and circulation. Gua sha can be used on many body areas, not just the face, including the chest, back, and shoulders.
Gua sha tools are made from various stones, crystals, and other materials. Popular gua sha materials include quartz, jade, amethyst, and other healing materials prevalent in TCM, and the healing properties of those stones and crystals can be paired with the goals of your gua sha treatment.
What are the benefits of Gua Sha?
Gua sha has most recently become best known for its cosmetic benefits, specifically its ability to reduce wrinkles and clear the skin by stimulating healing and blood flow. Lymphatic drainage resulting from using a gua sha can also reduce puffiness, creating a more sculpted-looking face.
But, gua sha can do more than make your skin look great! The tool helps you work deeper into the muscles and fascia, relieving tension and tightness. In addition to relief of pain and stiffness, this can stimulate energy and blood flow in the treated area.
Gua sha has traditionally been used to improve even immune function by stimulating acupuncture points related to the immune system with the gua sha stone.
How do I use a Gua Sha?
It is recommended to make gua sha a part of your daily skincare routine. Treatment can be done from a few minutes to 10 to 15 minutes daily. You should apply facial oil to the area of the skin you are treating, such as Living Libations Seabuckthorn, Best Skin Ever.
Then, use the gua sha stone with a stroking motion, tailoring the pressure to what feels suitable for the part of the body you are treating. For the face, you will want to use a lighter pressure, and for other areas such as the neck and upper back, you can use a heavier pressure, especially in areas of tension and knots.
Keeping your gua sha stone clean is simple; wash it with soap and water after each use and dry it with a towel.
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