Gua Sha is an ancient technique from Chinese medicine that involves massaging the face in a “scraping” motion to improve your complexion. The theory behind Gua Sha facial massaging is that it increases blood flow and lymphatic circulation, which may smooth the appearance of wrinkles, brighten complexion, improve skin tone and texture, and firm the face contour.
The Gua Sha technique has become appealing as a modern-day green beauty ritual for mitigating some of the effects of a busy lifestyle such as stress, fatigue and pollution leading to premature ageing, breakouts, dark circles, puffiness, and more. Gua Sha facial massaging can be included in your beauty routine as a deeper tissue alternative to a face roller.
But how to Gua Sha effectively, you might ask? Get the simple guide for Gua Sha facial massaging from Odacite below.
How to Prep for Gua Sha
1. Start by thoroughly cleansing your skin and follow with a facial mist.
2. Dispense 5-10 drops of your favourite serum (try the Odacité Serum Concentrate) into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together to warm the serum and press to apply it all over your face and neck.
How to Gua Sha
Once the face is hydrated and feeling smooth, use your Gua Sha stone at about 15 degrees to the skin and apply light to medium pressure, with a slow and mindful speed. Repeat each stroke outlined below 5-10 times – take note in the facial diagram of the different angle of the Gua Sha used for each specific area, and get details on the technique for each specific area below, including a how-to video.
Firm Face Contour
Work the Gua Sha along the jawline from the chin to the ear. Once at the top of the jaw, tug and toggle the Gua Sha with an easy rock back and forth before gliding down the neck. This will help to sweep away toxins.
Sculpt Your Cheeks
Using the same technique, run the Gua Sha across cheekbones to your ear. This will lift & firm the jowl area and help to soften smile lines. Continue this same technique underneath your eyes to help improve the appearance of eye puffiness and dark circles/bags.
Lift the Brows
Apply the smaller corner of the Gua Sha to the inner corner of your eye. Sweep the Gua Sha along the eyebrow line towards the temple.
Smooth Forehead Wrinkles
Follow with using the Gua Sha just above the eyebrows, and work the tool towards the hairline to help smooth out worry wrinkles.
Improve the Neck Appearance
Your neck should be taken care of just as much as your face. Starting at the centre of your neck, glide the Gua Sha along and across the neck towards the chin.
Use this green beauty ritual as often as you would like, ideally at least 3 times each week for the best results. The Gua Sha technique quickly becomes second nature and soon enough you’ll be able to Gua Sha in the evening while running household errands or relaxing with family.
How to Choose a Gua Sha Crystal
Odacite have three crystal variations so you can choose a stone that resonates with you. Use the energy of Crystal Gua Sha Rose Quartz to release toxic emotions and flush your spirit with universal love. Use the energy of Crystal Gua Sha Green Aventurine to bring more abundance and opportunities into your life, or use Crystal Gua Sha Blue Sodalite for grounding energy to strengthen bonds with others and bring balance into every area of your life.