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What is Gua Sha and How To Use It

You've probably heard of this tool that has taken the beauty world by storm. Women in eastern countries have used gua sha for generations to improve the general appearance of skin and as a treatment in substitute of plastic surgery and non-natural anti-ageing methods.
Gua Sha is a Chinese phrase that means "to scrape or rub." The tool's use is based on traditional Chinese medicine, which focuses on chi, energy that circulates throughout the body. When this energy is balanced, the body is believed to be healthier and happier. It's an excellent addition to your natural skincare regimen.
While there isn't a lot of scientific proof to back up whether a gua sha works, results from women all over the world appear to demonstrate that this tool helps depuff the face and bring life back to ageing, dull skin.
Below, we'll concentrate on the benefits of a gua sha facial rather than gua sha uses on the body. Gua sha is typically applied brutally (for lack of a better description) on the body to improve circulation and muscle relaxation. This can occasionally result in minor bruising, which isn't cause for alarm. To help energise the muscles, use the gua sha more softly on the face.

 

WHAT IS A GUA SHA?

A gua sha massaging stone is typically made of jade or rose quartz. Both help to relax the skin and provide similar advantages. Rose quartz differs from jade in that it naturally stays cool, providing a pleasant sensation during your gua sha facial.
This small tool has curved sides and smoothed ridges to help it fit along the natural curves of the face.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A GUA SHA?

  • The benefits of gua sha are derived from the technique utilised rather than the stone itself. Your skin may react differently depending on how you move the stone across your face. In general, the following are the key advantages of a gua sha facial:
  • Toning of the facial muscles
  • Skin tightening
  • Face muscular tension can be relieved by relaxing the muscles in the face.
  • Increasing blood flow and circulation
  • Circulating sluggish blood, which contributes to dark circles and under-eye bags.
  • Assisting skin in recovering from imperfections and acne scars
  • Improving skin suppleness and smoothing small lines
  • Face de-puffing and slimming
  • Instantly freshening the face
  • Increasing skin elasticity
  • Assisting serums in penetrating deeper into the skin's lowest layers

The majority of these results, such as a firmer and more sculpted appearance to the face, will be noticeable nearly immediately and will endure for a few weeks. Gua sha should become a more fundamental part of your skincare routine for longer-term benefits such as fewer fine lines, scar reduction, and increased skin suppleness. The more frequently you apply gua sha to your face, the longer the effects will stay.
Keep your gua sha in the fridge until it has cooled and is ready to use. The cool stone will aid to tighten blood vessels, de-puffing and tightening the face.

 

WHEN TO AVOID USING A GUA SHA

You don't need to be concerned because the tool is basic and mild on the face.
There's no need to be concerned if your skin turns pink or red after using the product. This is normal because massage techniques assist bring new blood to the surface of the skin, which aids in cell regeneration.
However, there are moments when you should ease up on your gua sha routine:
  • The gadget should not be used on burned skin. Your skin requires time to heal, and "scraping" and scratching it will do nothing to assist.
  • It is not recommended that you use a gua sha if you have a rash on your face or psoriasis. This would just aggravate your skin.
  • Disorders of Blood Clotting Avoid gua sha if you have problems with blood clotting.
  • During your menstrual cycle During your monthly cycle, your skin naturally becomes more sensitive. Using a gua sha may be slightly painful, and it may affect the heaviness of your flow.

 

HOW OFTEN TO USE A GUA SHA

Any new products or tools should be tailored to your skin type, as with any skin regime. You are the expert on your skin, so pay attention to it.
It is suggested that you begin utilising it about 2-3 times each week. If you feel your skin responding favourably to the massage, continue to use it daily to achieve the optimum benefits.

 

HOW TO USE A GUA SHA

Always sterilise your gua sha before using it and apply serum to your face. Moving the gua sha across dry skin can cause tugging and pulling, which will result in enhanced skin texture and fine wrinkles.
Starting in the centre and working your way out, apply a blend of short and long strokes throughout the face. Fit the tool around the natural curves of the face and jaw structure using curved edges.
To encourage lymphatic drainage, focus on the chin/jawline and then slide the gua sha down the neck.

 

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