Gua Sha can be used at the end of your skin care routine 2-3 times a week and works best when applied to skin that is moisturised.
(Tip: applying a little more face oil works well to ensure the Gua Sha runs effortlessly along the skin)
Using a firm but gentle pressure, moving in an upwards & outwards motion, start at the top of the jaw, under the ear and scrape downwards to the collar bone. Do this on both sides to help open the lymphatic channels. Then working your way up in the middle of your neck up to the chin. Moving to the chin, using the heart shaped edge, start in the middle and slide the Gua Sha outwards along the jaw line to the ear. Repeat 6-10 times in each section moving from the neck, to chin, cheek, up the face to the forehead.
For lines and wrinkles, hold skin firmly & use the end of the gua sha as an “eraser”, working the Gua Sha into the “valley” of the line or wrinkle.
Redness will start to appear as you proceed and this is a sign of the blood flow and circulation. Be mindful as you do want a little colour appearing however keep pressure lighter rather than firmer to prevent bruising.
Cleaning: Use a gentle soap and warm water to wash after each use.
There are several YouTube videos on how to use these tools but I do like this one.
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