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Great For: Lifting and brightening the skin, reducing fine lines, and promoting healthy skin tissue. Can also be used to ease tension in facial muscles.
When to Use: 1-2x per week.
TCM Acknowledgement: Gua Sha comes from the long and rich history of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is used commonly among TCM practitioners for a variety of health concerns all over the body. In the skincare industry Gua Sha is a booming trendy item for tightening skin and promoting circulation. For more information of the traditional uses of Gua Sha, consult with a registered practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
How to Choose: Follow your intuition. Stones and gems have unique vibrational energy which can help the psyche feel a sense of self-soothing therapy.
All 3 of these tools have the same size, shape and weight and all share the same therapeutic benefit. When faced with the choice of stone for your Gua Sha tool, trust your intuition!
- Rose Quartz: a popular gemstone associated with healing the heart, and promoting self-love and peace. Quartz stone beads have been found dating back 7000 BC in ancient Mesopotamia.
- Jade: a bright green mineral with a large historical significance to prehistoric and historic China. Considered to be the “imperial gem” this mineral is often associated with prosperity and good luck.
- Blue Jasper: a “spotted or speckled” mineral. Blue Jasper is a more unique variety of the Jasper family. It’s history dates back to the 1800s. For the esoteric world, blue jasper is about confidence, courage and strength.
Gua Sha is cut from either Jade, Rose Quartz, or Blue Jasper.
How To Use
Use your Gua Sha 1-2x a week on clean skin. Prep skin by spraying with toner, and then immediately following with 2-3 pumps of your face serum. This will help to provide a slip to the Gua Sha tool so it doesn't tug on your skin.
1) Keep the tool flat against your skin, and begin with the neck. Starting at your collarbone, scrap the tool in an upwards motion towards your jawline/chin.
2) Move to the jawline and use your Gua Sha tool (the end with the two curves). Start from the chin and scrape outwards to your ear. Gently massage your Gua Sha into your jaw muscles to release tension.
3) Move to the cheekbones and scrape in an outwards motion starting from the crease of your nose out towards your ear.
4) For the under-eye area, very gently scrape your Gua Sha tool (the end with the two curves) from the inner corner of your eye outwards to the temple. Be sure to use very light pressure, since the under-eye skin is delicate.
5) Finish with your forehead. Scrape in an upwards motion from your eyebrows to your hairline.
Do your Gua Sha routine in the evening, as it can cause the skin to flush from increased circulation.