WHAT IS FACIAL GUA SHA?
Facial Gua Sha (not to be confused with body Gua Sha) is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique which involves gently scraping, rubbing and stroking the skin with small hand-held implements made of semi precious minerals and crystals such as Jade, Rose Quartz and Seleninte. Gua Sha features as a key principle of Yang Sheng, the Chinese art of self-healing (Yang Sheng: The art of Chinese Self Healing - Katie Brindle (hayoumethod.com). The aim is to improve blood flow, aid collagen production, and to rejuvenate and nourish the skin.
There are no side effects, no chemicals, it is non-invasive and it's a lovely calming procedure which can bring about noticeable changes such as reducing the puffiness and dark circles under the eyes, reducing furrows and wrinkles, improving skin tone, smoothing out the skin, lifting and firming, and reducing double chins and refining face shape.
GUA SHA CONTRAINDICATIONS INCLUDE:
Inflammation of the skin ( rosacea, eczema, severe acne breakouts)
People on blood thinners
Anyone with dermatitis or easily irritated, hyper-sensitive skin should be careful with gua sha. Many people can become easily red or flushed after circulation of a facial massage, but for those who often breakout in rashes or dermatitis-like skin irritation as a result of using new products or from their skin being touched or massaged, it is recommended to wait until the skin is brought into a more stable state before trying gua sha.
People who have had fillers or botox should wait at least three months after their procedure to do facial gua sha on those areas where they received injections. They can do gua sha on other areas, or at least the neck. Releasing the neck is essential for facial work and can even help to create change and improve skin health.