Gua Shu Facials
Jade rollers… so everything right? Well, let me introduce you to Jade Rollers’ cooler, older cousin – Gua Shu facials. Gua Shu, pronounced Gwa Sha is an ancient Chinese skin scrapping technique, designed to help prevent breakouts, end dryness, and reduce aging by way of healthy blood circulation. Before you run to google for images, I should warn you- googling Gua Sha facials is a much different story than a regular google search for Gua Shu. Facials use a much softer technique. Regular Gua Shu is for alleviating pain and immune deficiencies, etc. and uses a more intense scrapping technique. Gua Shu facials are like extra firming, brightening, moisturizing face masks on warp speed. They remove toxins from lymph nodes, which helps clear up acne. They break up fascia, which relieves tension. And they also increase circulation, which plumps and promotes healing by brining blood to the surface.
So What’s The Deal?
I started seeing this tool popup on some pretty chic blogs and zines, so I knew I had to try it myself. I ordered a cute rose quartz set off of Amazon (right here) and got to work. OMG, when I say I noticed a difference after my first time using- I am not joking. My face was firmer, and I looked more alert right away. Some have noticed results after one session that last months. I am trying to commit to doing this twice a day and incorporating it into my routine because Gua Shu facials are so much cheaper than botox and a face lift!
Start off with a clean face and apply your fav oil (lotion, coconut, etc). This is necessary so that that pressure you’ll be applying to your face feels gentle. The pressure is said to move stagnant lymph fluid and release facial and muscular tension.
Always move in a slow upward manner. The upward stroke helps with circulation, while the slow pressure is what helps get things flowing! Apply firm pressure, but not too hard. Shouldn’t be any bruising!
How many strokes comes down to personal preferences- I’ve read anywhere from 5 – 15 on each side. Stroke one side of the face 5-15 times, and then complete the other side for each step.
- Take the rectangular tool and slowly but firmly stroke it up from the bottom of your neck to the top of your jaw line.
- Flip it to the two pronged side of tool and run it up your jaw on each side starting at the chin up to towards your ear.
- Now take the curvy tool with three prongs and stroke the smaller side along the curve of your cheeks, starting towards your mouth and stroking towards your ear.
- For extra contour, I take the scalpel tool and run the larger side from the base of the front of my chin up to my ear; the top of my mouth to my mid-ear; the side base of my nose , along my cheekbone to my temple.
- Flip the scalpel tool around and use the smaller side underneath your eye, gently but firmly.
- Take the rectangle tool and run the two-pronged side along your brow bone, from nose to temple.
- Next, take the rectangle tools side and stroke it upwards on your forehead.
- Last, take the curvy tools three-pronged side and stroke it across your mouth on both sides, from inner lip to outer lip.