Gua Sha


Description & Benefits

A tool used in traditional Chinese medicine that relaxes the muscles, improves blood circulation, relieves tension, reduces puffiness, & leaves the skin glowing and healthy-looking.

Gua means press or stroke and sha refers to rash or redness. “You are creating a controlled trauma (redness) which the skin starts to repair by making new collagen”—v interesting. Be careful if you are prone to broken capillaries or have acne. It should be avoided over those areas.

How To Use

To use the gua sha, it’s best to use with water or an oil, but never on bare skin.

1. Hold the gua sha tool w the curved side to your face and glide it gently up and out, starting with the neck, jawline, chin, and around the mouth. Scrape 3-5 times per area. Always take short strokes in one direction, not back and forth or up and down.
2. Press the tool flat to the skin, under the eyes to smooth and de-puff.
3. Work in small horizontal strokes above the brow bone to lift, or hold and press upwards to release tension.
4. Stroke down the neck, never upwards to drain fluid.
5. If you want to reduce puffiness, work lightly, then more firmly, to relax muscles.

How often should I use? Everyday! In the morning to treat puffiness and energize the skin and at night to relax the muscles and release tight connective tissue.

Did you know gua sha may also help relieve migraines? A simple scalp and forehead massage might do the trick.