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Everything to know about Gua Sha Massage & why you should be doing it

 Gua sha is a skincare technique derived from traditional Chinese medicine. Many people are adding to their skincare routine and getting amazing results in turn. What exactly is gua sha, and can you benefit? Here’s everything you should know about the popular gua sha facial treatment everyone is raving about. 


What is Gua Sha?

Gua sha (pronounced gwah-shah) is a technique that was used in Chinese medicine originally as a way to relieve pain. The traditional method used a flat stone tool with a fast and more aggressive scraping motion that would leave red marks on the skin. 


The gua sha routine we see today has been adapted to be used in facial therapies using gentler gliding techniques that promote healthier skin. The gentler movements are softer on your delicate skin by using a jade or rose quartz stone with the help of quality oil to easily glide across your face. Gua sha is known for improving the look and feel of your skin. 


Benefits of Gua Sha

Gua Sha has several benefits that go beyond great-looking skin. The upward and outward motions of the gua sha stone on your face are meant to help increase circulation while lifting and firming your skin. The results, smoother complexion and more sculpted features.


The stone helps to remove any blockages within the lymphatic system, removing any stagnant lymph from the tissue. The results are almost immediate with lifting and toning, and gua sha has been shown to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time and consistent use.


The massaging motions of gua sha massage can help reduce tension in your facial muscles that can relieve headaches, sinus congestion, jaw issues, and even allergies.


The Tools for Gua Sha 

To perform gua sha, you will need a gua sha stone. The type of stone isn’t as important as the shape. You want a stone that’s rounded and fits the curvature of your face. You will also need quality face oil to help the stone effortlessly glide across your face. Our Organic Marula Face Oil works wonders to help lock in moisture and add to the benefits of the gua sha routine by deposing skin-protecting antioxidants.


How Often Should You Perform Gua Sha?

A proper gua sha routine lasts about 15 minutes, and you should perform it at least 2 to 3 times a week. After you wash and tone your face, you will want to apply oil to help the gua sha tool glide across your face. Gua sha is a technique where you glide the stone across the lines of your face working in an upward motion. As a beginner, we suggest taking to YouTube to find a step-by-step guide to gua sha massage. 


Gua sha promotes healthier skin tissue, stronger facial muscles, reduces puffiness, improves elasticity, and better circulation. Adding gua sha to your skin routine can help soothe and relax your facial muscles and boost the overall look of your skin by lifting, contouring, and sculpting your face with almost immediate results. 


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