Gua Sha offers a wide range of skin and health benefits, such as promoting lymphatic flow and improving circulation. The stimulation created by gua sha massage boosts elasticity, combats inflammation, and minimizes fine lines, resulting in a more firm and sculpted face.

Also called “coining,” Gua Sha is a traditional massage treatment derived from Chinese medicine. Although it has been used for thousands of years, the treatment has gone viral on Instagram as an effective way to improve the look and feel of your skin. Here’s everything you need to know about this traditional Chinese facial treatment and how to incorporate it into your skincare routine.

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a holistic, alternative therapy in East Asian and Chinese medicine. The name comes from the Chinese word for scraping. It refers to a process where one applies pressure to the face with a rigid, round-edged flat jade or rose quartz stone. These treatments often cause slight bruising and red or purple spots, referred to as Sha.

According to ancient Chinese medicine, there is a constant flow of energy throughout the body referred to as “chi.” Many people believe that a person’s energy, or chi, must be balanced to ensure health and wellbeing.

When the body’s flow of energy becomes blocked, the imbalance can cause joint pain, muscle tension, illnesses, skin conditions, and other physical and emotional sensations. Gua Sha massages release blocked energy to rebalance the body and relieve aches, tension, and stiffness.

How does Gua Sha work?

Just like how our bodies experience muscle tension, stiffness, and joint pain, our faces hold stress in the form of dry skin, rashes, acne, and under-eye bags.

As a facial treatment, Gua Sha involves scraping a flat jade or rose quartz stone over the facial skin with smooth, firm strokes in one direction. Gua Sha treatments soothe muscles, boost circulation, and promote lymphatic drainage, which helps restore the skin’s radiance.

After a session, as noted above, many people experience red spots and light bruising during the healing process. However, the results of Gua Sha are dramatic, providing an instant facelift by restoring and smoothing the skin.

How can you add Gua Sha to your skincare routine?

Many people report that their skin looks firmer after a single session. If you’re struggling with dry skin, acne, or inflammation, incorporating it into your routine can help you revive and restore your skin.

However, it is best left to the professionals because it is an intensive treatment. Performing Gua Sha on your own face and neck can potentially result in bursting capillaries.

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