Many have touted the benefits of gua sha for the face, but this traditional Chinese medicine practice can also be applied to the body for amazing results. With plenty of therapeutic benefits for the mind and body, there’s a reason why gua sha is one of the buzziest new beauty trends. From improving your complexion to relieving tension and calming and contouring — below, we’re discussing why we love working gua sha into our beauty routine.
How To Use Gua Sha for the Body & Face
Gua Sha for the Face
In case you haven’t already picked up this habit, gua sha for the face can be ideal to work into your routine for various reasons. It is a facial massage using a flat or precisely contoured stone mixed with directed movements.
Benefits of gua sha for the face:
- It depuffs, contouring the face
- It reduces muscle tension, especially if you have bruxism, a.k.a jaw clenching.
- It helps skincare products penetrate
- Increases circulation and blood flow
- Due to its size, it is ideal for travel to keep your beauty routine active on the go.
- It gives off the appearance of lifted, toned skin with results that improve over time.
Use either first thing in the morning or before bed for the best results. Apply a thin layer of serum or oil to ensure the stone slides effortlessly over your skin and doesn’t cause damage.
Gua Sha for the Body
With similar results, body gua sha shares the same lymphatic draining, detox and circulation benefits while improving the skin's texture and energising and relaxing muscles. While gua sha for the body improves appearance, it can also improve stress areas like lower back or neck pain.
Benefits of gua sha for the body:
- Improves the appearance of cellulite
- Massage techniques can relieve muscle aches and pains
- Breaks up fascia to improve skin texture
- Promotes lymphatic drainage, flushing toxins and detoxing your body to decrease water retention
- Improves circulation and blood flow
Before beginning gua sha for the face or body, looking at online tutorials from trusted spaces is beneficial to ensure you aren’t injuring or tearing muscles.