From Scraping To Selecting The Right Crystal, Here's Everything You Need To Know About Gua Sha Facialsby | April 27, 2020
Enamored by the angular, crystal beauty of gua sha tools that have been populating your Instagram feed for quite some time now? Well, we are too! Currently gunning for the jade roller's crown for the next big beauty tool, this tool finds its roots in ancient Chinese medicine treatments and comes with the promise of brighter and tighter skin. Now that's the kind of promise that we'd like to rely on, however, not without investigating its premises. We thus researched the details of this all-new (but not really) facial technique, the nuances of doing it at home, and everything else that you need to know:
How Does Gua Sha Work?
All about finding the correct directionality and employing it to follow the meridians of the face, the gua sha tool is beginning to establish its place as a holistic facial tool. However, the technique actually finds its base in ancient China and dates back to thousands of years. While traditionally the massage used to be performed with tools like bones, spoons, etc., more sophisticated tools and crystals are being employed for the massage now.
A well-executed gua sha massage stimulates the dermis thus catalysing the collagen production, also, giving us reason enough to get hooked! The scraping massage also adds to elastin production. Thus, a typical gua sha tool, when used the right way, helps to tackle fine lines and wrinkles and defines your face. The tool also aids the lymphatic flow, soothes sore skin, and removes toxins from the skin. You can use a gua sha massage to de-stress your face since it helps you release tension and relax the face. The tool is also said to contour, lift, and refine your face. Gua sha followers around the world swear by the results and claim that it has helped them with achieving brighter, healthier skin as well as a shapely, more contoured face.
Choosing The Right Tool
While motion is the key to get the maximum benefits out of your gua sha tool, there also exists another factor. If you believe in the power of crystal healing then there is no denying the idea that different crystals tend to store different energies and should be chosen accordingly. Sure, a clear crystal is the most versatile one for its ability to morph as per the individual needs, jade happens to be a naturally cooling crystal and is ideally suited for those seeking some balance. On the other hand, the rose quartz gua sha tool is more suited for those with sensitive skin and seeking some healing, as it is said to open your heart chakra.
Similarly, the green aventurine is apt for those who want to get rid of past cycles, which also translates to wrinkles and ageing when it comes to skin. Another popular gua sha stone, Amethyst, boasts of naturally cooling properties and can be used to release muscle tension and heal inflammation. The Bian Stone, however, is regarded as one of the most suited tools for authentic gua sha practices. The heaviest of all the gua sha crystals currently available in the market, this is the one you should opt for if a deep cleanse and relaxation are what you have on your mind.
Gua Shaing It Right!
Start with oiling your skin to reap the maximum benefits of this beauty tool. Opt for your regular beauty oil or something that you rely on. Now comes the essence of gua sha: scraping! For your face, attempt for long strokes as you go upward and outward. Start at the neck by placing the flat side of the tool on the base and go for upward strokes at a 45-degree angle. You need to repeat the step in similar motions until the entire face is covered.
You can also take gua sha enthusiast Britta Plug’s recommendations and opt for a combination of long and short strokes to release the tightness in the facial areas where you tend to store your stress, like your jaws. You can also watch her 'Gua sha basics' video to understand the nuances.
And now that you're well-versed in the miracle properties of Gua Sha, here are some that you can get your hands on right away.
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