Gua Sha, which literally translates to ’scrape wind’, is a traditional East Asian healing technique to relieve pain and tension in muscles and joints. It has been used to treat different parts of the face/body and has gained newfound popularity as an effective at-home facial massage because of its many claimed benefits, namely:
Through relaxing tension in the facial muscles, it is also believed to help with preventing fine lines.
There are several gua sha tools, all that have a different shape or use a different stone. Each one has its own properties. For instance, Jade is better for contouring, lifting and skin clarity, while Rose Quartz’s cooling and calming properties are ideal for sensitive and reactive skin, and conditions such as rosacea and acne. You can keep the rose quartz gua sha in the freezer for added results.
Before starting to use a gua sha, you need to lubricate the skin to facilitate the slip and glide of the stone. Add facial oil to nourish and moisturise your skin. If you decide to use essential oils, make sure they’re therapeutic. Here we give 3 examples of oils that work well for gua sha.
We can’t say what works best because it varies from person to person, depending on the skin’s properties and needs.
Before using any oil on your face, be sure to do a test first. The face is a delicate area and you need to know your potential allergens.
Place the curved side on your face and glide it gently up and out. Start with the neck, jawline, chin, and around the mouth, between three and five times per area. Then sweep across cheeks and gently glide under the eyes, across your eyebrows and from your forehead up to your hairline.
It depends on the results you are looking for. With regular use, the gua sha can tone skin and promote increased skin elasticity. Think of it as an exercise for your face! Once a week or every three days is ideal, as the skin on the face is so delicate you shouldn’t be scraping it every day.
The gua sha is a highly coveted and modern addition to guest amenities, with plenty of benefits, making it an ideal take-home item for guests to use well beyond their stay.