Gua Sha: The Skin Care That's Taking Social Media By Storm
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese form of medicine where a stone tool is used to massage and scrape your skin. It can be administered all over the body, and it’s used to help with many different ailments but the main purpose is to stimulate blood circulation. The body treatment can leave redness and swelling but people often report the results being phenomenal. But lately, the treatment has gained popularity as a facial. Don’t worry, when Gua Sha is used as a facial treatment the method is much gentler and won’t cause any bruising. Both versions of the treatment can be administered in a spa, for a reasonable price as well. But the great thing about the trending Gua Sha facial, you can do it yourself at home!
As a facial treatment, it can help relax stiff muscles, and of course, improve blood flow. This leads to less redness, less puffiness, and can have anti-aging effects. Gua Sha traditionally uses a flat stone tool that you can typically pick up at any beauty store for a good price. The stone tool, usually made of jade or rose quartz, is used to gently scrape your skin in upward motions. If you’re committed to seeing the best or most drastic improvements, incorporate it into your daily routine.
You may have seen jade rollers as well, which is similar but this method is gentler than the traditional Gua Sha. The Gua Sha stone tool is shaped to give your face more of a sculpted and lifted look, it’s a bit more of a deeper massage, and facial rollers have more of an immediate brightening effect. Rollers are ideal for your under eye area, and Gua Sha is ideal for jaw and cheek areas. The choice is up to you, you can use whichever tool speaks to you and your skin routine more, or you can incorporate both. Like most things, consistent use gives the best results. For an extra refreshing and relaxing experience, you can chill your stone tool in the fridge, which will also target puffiness some more. Rollers can be used to help oils or serums absorb into your skin better as well.
Choosing what kind of stone your tool is made out of is just as important as which tool. The most popular option is jade, but you can choose rose quartz, amethyst, or obsidian as well. Each stone has different properties associated with it and can be beneficial for your specific needs. The two most popular are often pitted against each other. Jade is great, and probably the most popular stone. It has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. If you go for jade, make sure it is real jade stone. Jade is porous so if you are using it to massage products into your face, be sure to properly clean it. This can be done by boiling the jade in water to kill the bacteria that may live in its porous surface. Jade is a soft stone, so it is easier to carve, making it cheaper, but it may not last as long as well. Both stones have cooling effects, but jade is naturally more adaptable to its environment, so it will warm to skin faster than Rose Quartz will. Rose Quartz is not porous, making it a better option if you want to use it to massage products into your skin. All rollers should be cleaned regularly. Each stone has different properties associated with it and can be beneficial for your specific needs.