One of the oldest forms of self-care, the practice of gua sha is a Chinese massage technique that has been shown to reduce inflammation and even prevent signs of aging.
Some of the many benefits include:
- Helps produce collagen
- Softens fine lines and wrinkles
- Decreases puffiness and inflammation
- Diminishes dark circles
- Brightens complexion
- Sculpts facial muscles
- Releases tension
How to use a Gua Sha?
The best method is to use gentle pressure and using a combination of short & long strokes in the direction of the lymphatic flow. Lymph nodes are located beneath the surface of the skin. Easy, feather-like strokes is all it takes to flush the lymph into your body’s drainage system. There is no pump for the lymphatic system. By incorporating gua sha massage, you are giving your lymphatic system the boost that it needs to rid yourself of the fluids that are stuck beneath the surface of your skin and causing your face to bloat. Before using the Gua Sha tool you will need to provide glide with a nourishing oil like the Moisture Reset Facial Oil or Soothing Balm all over your face and neck.
How Often Should You Gua Sha?
While once a week is recommended for gua sha, the frequency of use will depend on your skin type and your skin’s tolerance for the method. Once you are comfortable with your technique you should aim to use the gua sha 2-3 times per week. For maximum results, work up to using your gua sha nightly.
Which Gua Sha Tool Should I Use?
Pick one that feels comfortable to hold and has multiple contours on each edge. The variety of contours will allow you to use your tool on various parts of your face including your jawline and cheekbones. Make sure to select the right material of stone to suit your skin type or needs.
- Jade: A naturally cool stone which makes it ideal for gua sha which generates heat in the face. Jade has balancing properties and would be your best option for contouring, lifting and skin clarity.
- Rose Quartz: Naturally calming, this gemstone is best for sensitive or reactive skin, and skin conditions such as rosacea and acne.
- Bian Stone: Most authentic stone to use with Gua Sha. It is also the heaviest of the materials, allowing for deeper penetration and stress relief.
- Amethyst: This stone has a cooling effect and can aid in releasing muscle tension in your jaw & temples. Known for it’s ability to soothe stress – it promotes relaxation when used on the skin.
Which HydroPeptide Products to Use with Gua Sha:
- Moisture Reset: 13 precious oils help protect skin from environmental stressors and free radical damage, while rice bran works to soothe irritation and redness.
- Soothing Balm: This soothing recovery skin treatment balm will nourish your skin while blocking out environmental stressors that cause dryness and aging.