How to use Gua Sha Stone on the Face? 

A new skincare tool is getting popular with the ladies! Gua Sha stone. It’s pretty obvious that by now you have already spotted many celebs, YouTubers, and Instagram influencers posting short videos of their new skincare tool. That is sure made you eager about Gua Sha stone use on your face. It seems very new to the normal skincare and we are more likely to go with this hot trend or at least give it a fair try. What is Gua Sha anyway? Is it worth having one? There are lots of questions about the use of Gua sha (how to use, how often, of what shape?). Here we have prepared a guide to all sorts of doubts that comes with Gua sha. 

How to use Gua Sha stone on the face? 

 

gua sha stone

 

Gua Sha shape is more of a guiding tool that makes it easy to use. Gua Sha covers six different parts of your face, cheeks, forehead, eyebrows, jawline, under eyes, and neck. 

Quick tips for beginners:

  • Apply even pressure that’s not too hard
  • Apply a facial oil or moisturizer before to reduce friction
  • Use slow, gentle strokes and light to medium pressure.
  • Switch between upward and downward motion on your face. 

Tip: Use Gua Sha flat against your skin for better results. Don’t hold it perpendicular or at 90 degrees. 

Step 1: Apply facial oil

 

Apply a few drops of any facial oil on the face and neck. 

 

Step 2:  Start from the neck

 

Use the notched side or long side as per your choice. Move the Gua stone upward at the back of the neck where the spine is and move to the skull and give a light pressure because this area is more prone to everyday tender. And Acupressure with Gua Sha relieves it. 

Repeat the process 5-7 times. 

Now cover the side neck areas with the notched side. Glide the stone from the shoulder to the ear and apply a little pressure. Don’t mind if it gets little red. It’s the part of the technique. Now slowly move to the center of the neck and glide the stone from the collar bone. In the process adjust your speed to feel more comfortable. 

Step 3: Glide over the jawline

 

Move the Gua stone in an upward motion in the area. The muscles of mastication are a group of muscles that we use daily for chewing and talking. Take some time to explore this part of the face. Feel the acupressure points and hold the stone for some seconds on these active points.

Repeat 5-7 times at each side. 

Step 4: Move over the cheekbones

 

Follow the same motion with Cheekbones. Glide the stone in an upward motion and hold the nose for support and balance. It may feel like you can add more pressure, but don’t do it. Just go with a light hand massage. Repeat the process for few minutes on both sides. 

Step 5: Under Eyes

 

Be careful with the eye area because it is too delicate. Make sure you are more gentle in this area. With the finger of one hand hold the nose portion right in front of the eyes. Now use the other hand and glide slowly under the eyes. 

Continue for 5 minutes on each side. 

Step 6: Eyebrows

 

Similar to under eyes treat the brow bone with the notched side of Gua Sha and work on temple points. 

Step 7: Forehead

 

The last step is the forehead. Between your eyebrows are the most important acupuncture points of the entire body. Go from the bridge of the nose and move all the way up to the hairline. And that is it. Your face massage with Gua Sha is completed in about 30 minutes or less. 

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How often should you Gua Sha your face? 

 

Gua Sha is a simple massaging tool. You can use it daily after your facial oils to help it penetrate more and calm down the skin. You can add it to your nighttime skincare to release all the day tension. Even if you have a shortage of times, weekend Gua Sha stone care works for all from smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, relieve migraines and even help with acne.

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Skincare steps after using Gua Sha

 

Everyone may not have the same experience with the tool.

Gua sha is a practice intended to invigorate healthy circulation and it might leave bruises on the face. So look at it as normal for everyone.  Finish off with face wash and apply the regular nighttime cream or any lotion you have been using. 

Careful: And if you are prone to acne and breakout, my first recommendation is not to use. Because it can harm and pimples may pop out leave the marks. 

The purpose of using Gua Sha on face

 

The idea of using the Gua Sha technique which was earlier used for muscle stiffness, now being used to treat many facial problems can be seen from this year. Some benefits of Gua Sha stone on the face include:

  • Reducing puffiness
  • Eases facial tension
  • A bright and healthy complexion
  • Skin tightness
  • lymphatic drainage
  • Improve fine lines and wrinkles
  • Boost Blood circulation 

Gua Sha is nothing but a face massage using a tool. Its usage dates back to the stone age. Its application today is not changed much with new styles and shapes. Many of us love the oil massage with our fingertips because it’s relaxing and soothing. The purpose of adding Gua Sha stone or jade roller is the same. When one rubs the Gua Sha on the face, it boosts the circulation of blood, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing on the skin. The after-glow on the face is attributed to this basic principle of massaging.

How to add Gua Sha to your skincare routine?

 

Well, with all the above benefits it makes no point in reaping its goodness. But before using Gua Sha on the face, always prepare for the after and before steps. Just as the regular skincare with moisturizer and serums goes, Gua Sha is as easy to follow. 

 

Gua Sha best shapes and tools to invest

 

Gua Sha comes in a variety of shapes, names, and characteristics with every day a new design and material added. In addition to the right technique, the right tool and shape is essential. Some of the Gua shapes are like:

 

Shape

    Characteristics

     Limitations

S-shaped tool
    medium-sized tool best  for hands, feet, back, neck, and shoulders     Not very effective to cover parts of the face
Fin type tool
    three sides, Smaller wings or dents on one side, work best for chin and jawline     Not ideal for larger parts such as neck
Dolphin Shaped tool
    Easy grip, broader wings, and better firmness,  one ideal notched side,

best for Face and neck

   Requires more pressure on thicker body parts
Wave tool
    multiple sides, innovative design    Scraping becomes a little difficult due to the design
Teeth edge or 
Comb shape tool
  unique comb edge, multipurpose: works for face and scalp   Need to be careful around the cheeks

History of Gua Sha

 

A Gua Sha stone is a flat-shaped semi-precious stone, that is used to glide over the face to depuff. They are traditionally made of jade or quartz, but plastic options are also available. Gua Sha is basically an East Asian technique to treat muscle pain. According to Chinese medicine, Gua Sha means skin scrapping. What the traditional Chinese believe was that there is an energy that flows through our bodies. This energy is called chi which needs to be balanced to maintain the flow of blood and wellbeing. And the slow down of this energy leads to muscle and body pain. Gua sha aims to move this blocked energy to relieve aches or stiffness.

 

Studies that showed Gua Sha works

  • According to Medical news today, in 2014  it was found that gua sha improved the range of muscle movement.
  • It helped in reducing pain especially in the neck and shoulder
  • In a 2017 study, weightlifters who had gua sha felt that lifting weights took less effort after treatment. This could suggest that the treatment speeds up muscle recovery.

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