If 2018 was the year of face rolling with a jade roller; well then, 2019 is definitely the year of the gua sha.
Rachel Roberts, skin specialist based in Hobart, uses gau sha in her signature Beauty of Balance facial at Hobart based natural, non-toxic based beauty salon and clean beauty shop Beauty of Arcadia and was kind enough to share her extensive knowledge of this much-discussed facial treatment.
As Rachel says, “Gua sha, pronounced gwa sha, is a type of massage used in the world of Chinese medicine. This traditional Chinese medicine technique, has been used for thousands of years, and is often referred to as the “Eastern Facelift’. While being an Eastern technique, there is lots of Western research and evidence to prove this treatment is effective. The massage is performed using a gua sha tool, most commonly of either jade stone or rose quartz.”
But of course this then poses another question. Well, how do I use this oddly shaped tool?
Rachel says: “The tool is applied to the skin with a pretty heavy hand and is quite literally scraped across the skin. For facial gua sha, the pressure is much lighter, and scraped in an upwards and outwards motion. The pressure is firm but light enough to not hurt or bruise.”
When it comes to the benefits of the gua sha facial massage, Rachel explains: “Studies have shown an increase in circulation from the gua sha technique, and better flow to the face not only helps clear up & heal acne, it aids the skin’s ability to purge the dirt, sebum, and general buildup in the pores that can lead to acne. This improved blood flow to the skin’s surface which promotes healing, also breaks up fascia which releases tension. This helps tone your facial muscles, helps improve the contours of your face and encourages collagen production to firm the face up.
This technique also helps promote lymphatic drainage, and helps your skin retain it’s natural moisture and glow. After regular gua sha facials you’ll begin to notice that your skin is plumper, brighter and with far less visible lines. Think of it like a pilates class, but for your face. The more you do it, the better the results.”
Lastly, Rachel also mentioned that not only does this facial visibly improve skin quality, it also puts you in a deeply relaxing state. SIGN ME UP!