Written by Jen Larson
What the heck is Gua Sha…pronounced Gua Sa? An oddly shaped piece of rose quartz looks simple- and it is – but what it does is simply amazing. Part of an ancient Chinese tradition – some call it the “Eastern Botox”, Gua Sha is anything but new and nothing short of face-changing.
It’s easy, soothing and the results are nothing short of remarkable.
Gua Sha, technically means “scraping”, but don’t be afraid of the term. This is a gentle, kind and epically healthy practice to use on your face and neck to improve circulation, firm, reduce inflammation and help drain the lymphatic system reducing puffiness while pushing toxins out. It even improves dark circles, under eye bags and skin discolorations including acne and rosacea.
Long, ancient story short…your skin will look better, brighter, firmer and clearer. Gua-ranteed. It’s easy and once you get the hang of it - only takes a few minutes…
Here are the steps:
- Apply your favorite face oil and begin by gently dragging the flat end of the tool in an outward and upward motion using a combination of 3-5 long and short strokes.
- Third eye. Stroke from the middle of your eyebrows and up to your hairline to activate healing.
- Lower forehead. Sweep from the center of the forehead above your eyebrows going out to your temples.
- Under eyebrow. Use the curved part of your Gua Sha stone to scrape the area underneath your eyebrow and above your eye.
- Under eyes. Lightly stroke the area where eye bags form starting from the side of your nose up toward your temple moving the stagnant lymph from the middle of your face to your hairline.
- Cheek. Do the same sweeping motion from the side of nose, across cheek and up again to the middle of ear.
- Mouth. Sweep from mouth upward to your ear.
- Under chin. Scrape from the soft area under your chin (we all have one) to the bottom of jawline.
- Neck. Scrape from your jaw and earlobe down to the middle of collarbone.
- Finish by sweeping from the center of your forehead right under your hairline down to your temple, down to your ear until you reach your neck. Do this several times for a final clean sweep of the lymphatic system.
Make Gua Sha a health habit – a glowingly good, highly addictive habit and watch the bad drain away and the rosy, bright goodness take over.
(We think Gua Sha stones make an amazing holiday gift for anyone in need of a little Eastern Botox.)
Happy Gua Sha-ing!
More about Jen Larson:
Jen Larson is a Marin California-based writer & mom obsessed with dogs, wine & all things clean beauty. “I believe in controlling the things you can because I certainly can’t control how clean my house is with two teen boys and no aiming skills. But I can control how clean my skincare and makeup is. Credo is literally my candy store. From my Goop Exfoliating Facial that leaves me glowing even when I have done nothing to earn it – to my new favorite Khus + Khus face serum. This truly calms inflammation and I swear, my wrinkles are going – or possibly my eyes. And don’t forget my favorite pre-beach secret weapon - the Bawdy SLAP it Butt mask with caffeine! Hey, don’t judge till you slap one on. I could go on…candy stores have that effect.