Gua sha tutorial: How to use for face massage
January 6, 2023
What tools do you have in your beauty toolkit? You likely have a variety of brushes, sponges, pencils, wands or wipes. But do you have any stones?
Stones sound like a harsh tool when it comes to beauty, but not when you’re talking about the smooth gua sha stone (pronounced “gwah-shah”). Once you learn more about this heart-shaped stone tool for facial massage, you’ll likely want to make it part of to your beauty routine.
The term “gua sha” is a technique dating back thousands of years to Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, and involves scraping the skin. The word gua in Chinese literally means to scrape. Many acupuncturists, massage therapists or other professionals use gua sha stones on various parts of the body. That is a different technique from the simple facial massage we’re talking about.
Gua sha stones are traditionally made of jade, quartzite or other natural materials, but are available in several varieties. Their heart shape design allows them to easily glide along the contours of your face.
One of the gua sha benefits for skin care is that it is a relaxing way of massaging your facial muscles. Not only is it an amazing way to wind down after a long day or start off your morning, gua sha massage addresses visible puffiness and energizes the skin’s appearance by moving fluid under the skin and stimulating circulation.
You may be wondering how the gua sha technique differs from a jade roller, another popular tool for facial massage. They are similar in that they both aid in the reduction of a puffy look. Some prefer the gua sha stone, however, because of its unique shape that works better along the jawline or the brow line.
So, how do you actually use a gua sha stone? First, follow your usual skin care routine of cleansing, toning, treating and moisturizing. With the gua sha stone, you want to apply it in coordination with a serum or lotion.
You can use your regular moisturizer or something special, such as Glow-Tini Cocktail Booster Glow Maker + Hydrator by Artistry Studio™. Apply enough to ensure the stone glides across your skin during the massage and does not pull at it. That could stretch or harm the skin and that’s the last thing you want.
When using the gua sha technique, hold the stone very flat against your skin and use only gentle pressure. You should start with your neck followed by the jawline, cheeks, brow bone and forehead. At the end of each stroke, move it in a circular motion to encourage movement of the fluid. Do three to five glides in each section and complete all steps on one side of your face first before moving to the other side.
OK, let’s dig into a gua sha tutorial! There are many variations of using the gua sha stone for facial massage, but here are the general instructions:
Now that you have the basics, here are a few tips and tricks to make the most out of your gua sha massage.
Sometimes it helps to use your other hand to provide support to steady your face while performing the gua sha massage. For the jawline, put your fingers on your chin. For cheeks, place them on the edge of your smile or your nose on the same side. For your brow and forehead, you can place them between your eyebrows.
The answer to whether to use a warm guasha stone or cold gua sha stone depends on the type of experience you want. While a cold stone can provide a cool and refreshing experience as it glides across your skin, for some the warm stone can be soothing and relaxing. If you prefer cool, keep your gua sha stone in the refrigerator. For warm, run it under warm water before you use it.
Whether you used a warm stone or cold one, when you’ve finished your gua sha facial massage, you can complete the experience with a couple of sprays of Artistry Studio Hydro Spritzer to make your skin feel refreshed!
To keep your gua sha stone clean, you can use a spritz of alcohol and a tissue after each use. Store it in a clean container. If you prefer a cold gua sha stone massage, keep it in the refrigerator so it’s ready for next time.
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