By now, you may know about the jade roller – that small beauty tool that has one, often two jade stones attached to either end. When properly rolled against the skin, it can drain the lymphatic system (a network of vessels through which lymph drains from the tissues to the blood). Draining the lymphatic system has anti-aging effects and reduces swelling. Apparently, there are many similarities between the jade roller and this new tool that so fascinates us. Because we know about the jade roller, we set out to find what all the brouhaha was about Gua Sha.
What Exactly is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha is a form of therapy to relieve muscle and joint pain. It involves the use of a Gua massage tool, which can be made out of jade or buffalo horn. A technician uses the Gua tool to scrape the client’s skin with short or long strokes to improve circulation. The technician applies some oil to your face and neck before he/she begins scraping your skin in downward motions. It’s most commonly performed on the client’s back, buttocks, neck, arms and legs. A gentler version is done on the client’s face. The motion causes light bruising.
If there’s bruising, then it has to be for a good reason, right? As it turns out, this Chinese healing technique has many benefits. In ancient Chinese culture, it was used to pull out “cold winds” which can creep into the body and tighten everything. We couldn’t list all the benefits of Gua Sha, so we listed a few of the most common benefits of this, a technique that is often called a “natural face-lift.”
- It reduces acne and blemishes on the skin
- Significantly reduces the formation of bags and dark circles under the eyes
- Diminishes age spots
- May be able to treat migraines when traditional medication doesn’t work
- Reduces inflammation so it’s a good method to treat chronic pain and arthritis
- Treats chronic neck pain
- Can treat women going through menopause
Can Gua Sha Treat Wrinkles?
There’s nothing wrong with ridding yourself of unwanted wrinkles and saggy skin. The problem lies within the common medical treatments used to correct the signs of aging. For example, Botox injections are nothing more than dangerous toxins entering your body. And what about the women (and men!) who don’t do Botox? They resort to cosmetic surgery which comes with its own set of risks.
Gua Sha is a natural and safe alternative to these treatments. To answer your question-whether Gua Sha massages can treat wrinkles-the answer is yes. It stimulates circulation, rids the body of impurities and tones the neck and face. It can also reach the deeper layers of the skin and stimulate them, which improves microcirculation (and when your microcirculation is improved, that leads to a chain reaction of good health. With multiple sessions, you’ll notice a significant reduction of sagging skin and wrinkles.
How to Perform Gua Sha on Your Face
- Choose your Gua Sha tool. This can be a jade board, a smooth wooden board, a spoon or a coin. Just choose the one that’s right for you. Make sure the object that you use isn’t too sharp, because that will cause damage.
- Apply a moisturizer, oil or serum to allow the Gua Sha to glide along your face and neck. We used DermaSet’s anti-aging cream, which acts as a moisturizer.
- Take your Gua Sha and scrape upwards, starting at the neck. Make sure you’re lifting your face without applying too much pressure.
If you’re more of a visual learner and still don’t know how to Gua Sha, visit YouTube where you can find a variety of helpful tutorials.