Gua Sha 101

What is Gua Sha?

Over the last couple of years, Gua Sha has gained popularity in Western cultures. It has begun to make its way into the photos and videos of social media influencers all over the globe. Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese practice that literally means “scraping” in Chinese and is both a health and beauty tool that is made from jade (or other semi-precious stones), metal and animal bone or animal horn. These instruments are specially carved in a way that compliments the natural contours of your body and face. The main concept of Gua Sha is to apply the tool to your skin with a firm, gentle, up-and-down and outward motions.

Why Gua Sha?

Studies have shown that Gua Sha may increase micro-circulation by 400%, clear inflammation and increase immunity. It does so by helping to disperse toxins by increased circulation and aiding the lymphatic and immune systems. Then as the blood is reabsorbed by the body it promotes an enzyme with anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties. Gua Sha has been used to treat a whole range of conditions from fever to chronic cough and migraines.

Most recently the practice of Gua Sha is being adopted by skincare enthusiasts. Gua Sha can help you deal with various facial problems such as scar tissue, lymph drainage, puffiness, and dark circles.

Here are some benefits if you use Gua Sha on your face:

  • Relieves tension
  • Helps in lymphatic drainage
  • Reduces puffiness
  • Redirects energy
  • Increases your sense of calmness
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Smooth fine lines
  • Promotes skin elasticity

Types of Gua Sha Tools

The most common tool used for Gua Sha is made from the beautiful jade stone. You can also find them made from rose quartz and copper. If there is a precious metal or stone that you feel more drawn to, there’s a chance that you can find a specially crafted Gua Sha made from it.

If you are new to the practice of Gua Sha, it is best if you start with the help of a professional or observe some Youtube videos on technique. This is a gentle technique, so please always proceed with caution so as to not cause disruption to the face and neck.  

How to Use Gua Sha

Simply put, Gua Sha is applied by pressing it firmly but gently to your skin, then pressing it in an upward, outward and downward motion. It is best if you apply facial oil on your Gua Sha to help it slide seamlessly and smoothly along your face (friction is not your friend). Using Sacred Mama Organics Superfood Beauty Oil is a great option because it contains essential minerals that will improve and enhance your facial skin. The angled movement you produce when using the Gua Sha (thanks to its unique shape) will aid in better absorbing the oils you applied. That means double the skin restorative powers in your routine!

Sample Gua Sha Steps:

  • Apply Sacred Mama Organics Superfood Oil to your complexion
  • Hold the Gua Sha using your dominant hand
  • Keep the gua sha at an almost flat angle to your skin
  • Begin by working on the neck, then all the way up to the underside of your chin
  • Motion the Gua Sha from the center of your face and move outwards
  • Repeat each stroke or motion for 5 times each
  • Be very gentle, especially when you are around the eye area
  • If you want, you can apply added pressure when you’re working around the jawline

Here is a great video explaining the process. Again, do it only if you’re comfortable with your learning experience. If you are new to Gua Sha or have doubts, it’s advisable to seek a professional’s help.

What Oils Should You Use?

The oil you should use when applying Gua Sha depends solely on you and your skin. For instance, if you need to moisturize your face, then use oil that specifically promotes deeper hydration. In the same way, you can apply an oil that promotes even skin tone, aid in dry skin, and anti-aging.

Sacred Mama Organics Superfood Beauty Oil is perfect to use alongside Gua Sha since it supports properly moisturized skin, is nutrient rich, and is non-comedogenic.

If you have any questions regarding our Superfood Beauty Oil or would like to share your experiences with Gua Sha, please do so! We love hearing from our beauties.

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