Time to re-introduce the Gua Sha. If there is ever a time we need to be reminded of taking a little extra TLC and self care it’s now.
What is it?
Gua Sha is an ancient tool used in health and beauty, to clear stagnant energy or ‘chi’ which essentially helps to drain and clear the lymphatic system. Gua sha is to rub or scrape.
The tool is applied against the skin with light pressure in an upwards motion. Using a Gua Sha works to increase circulation & collagen production and can be quite a relaxing ritual. With regular use you may see a healthier & brighter complexion as well as an improvement in skin that is plumper, firmer with a more even skin tone.
Start by applying oil onto the skin. Apply a little more than when moisturising, as your skin will need ‘slip’ for the gua sha to glide over the skin. We don’t want the skin to be dragged especially around sensitive or gentle areas like the eye.
Then using very light pressure the motion or movement is up, out and down. Essentially this is to help go against gravity to lift and help drain fluid.
We want to start on our décolletage and move the gua sha from the middle out to above our armpits – where our lymph nodes sit. Working our way up to our collarbone, one side first, then the other.
Moving onto the neck – working downwards on the outside under the ears to the lymph nodes. But working our way upwards in the front. Remembering to use very light pressure.
From there we essentially split the face in half and work one side first, then the other.
Working from the chin, along the jaw line, move up and out to the hair line and then around behind the ear and down the side of the neck.
Continue this up the cheeks, changing to the flat side of the gua sha (with the most surface area) with extreme gentleness to lightly smooth the high cheek bone area out to the temple and hair line.
Work from the eyebrows up the forehead.
For any tough lines – on the forehead and around the mouth, the gua sha can be used like a rubber/eraser to soften the deep grooves.
With regular use gua sha can provide the following benefits:
- Increasing blood flow & circulation
- Improved elasticity & collagen production
- Plumper & firmer skin
- Brighter complexion & even skin tone
- Improves lymphatic drainage & detoxification
- Relieves tension & remove blockages
There are a lot of videos available online which show you how to use this tool and while we remember the general rules of up, out and down then you can experiment with what works best for you.
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