Facial gua sha scraping tools are Instagram's newest beauty trend. Just a quick search of skin care and you're sure to see women applying rollers and scraping tools to their face all in the name for anti-wrinkles and aging. Publications like Harpers Bazaar are even calling facial gua sha the "natural facelift" or "botox of the east" because it's non-toxic and delivers IMMEDIATE results.
But gua sha existed long before Instagram’s inception. Traditional Chinese Medicine invented gua sha scraping treatments for whole body healing. In fact, gua sha translates to "scraping-wind" and is designed to remove pathogens from the body, often times with deep pressure.
There are TONS of benefits to gua sha. There's so many we won't get into the nitty gritty here, but if your curious, read all about The Amazing Benefits of Gua Sha Facials for your Skin.
Do a quick Google search for Chinese gua sha scraping and what you will see may scare you. You’ll find videos of Chinese doctors vigorously using a gua sha scraping tool to rake the skin inflicting red streaks that resemble a hickey all over their patient’s bodies. It’s a little rough, we know, but when done correctly, a gua sha scraping tool works wonders for moving energy, breaking up scar tissue, removing painful knots, and improving circulation.
Though body scraping is widely used in Chinese medicine, the facial gua sha scraping tool is becoming, “the secret to skin care” according to Vogue. In facial gua sha, the principles of moving energy remain the same, although the pressure is much gentler. The simple technique improves circulation, aids lymphatic drainage, improves skin elasticity, addresses adult acne, and helps build collagen.
In addition to the facelift effects of gua sha, the techniques may be used to treat:
- Jaw pain
- Stiff neck
- Tired eyes
Facial gua sha is vastly different from body gua sha as it's gentle and is designed to improve circulation, not to remove pathogens. Though the techniques and purposes are different - one key element remains the same - gua sha is highly effective in improving your skin. Whether you're struggling with acne, wrinkles, or a sluggish complexion, daily gua sha scraping at home will enhance your skin's health.
Since the benefits outweigh the costs, we believe every woman should apply a quick gua sha regimen in her daily skincare routine.
Here's a breakdown of how to use a facial gua sha scraping tool so you can give yourself a natural face lift at home.
The Technique to using a Facial Gua Sha Scraping Tool
Light to medium pressure with facial gua sha is recommended. However, under your eye always use featherlike pressure to protect the delicate skin. When you use gua sha, you want to scrape and lift up to improve circulation and flow. It is important to finish scraping one side of your face first before moving onto the other side. Doing one side, then the other helps move energy, circulation, and lymph all the way up your face.
The long curved part of gua sha tools is for the neck and areas that do not huge bone like the forehead. The V-angle is used to hug the bone in areas like the jaw, cheek, and brow. The longer notch is ideal for under the eye.
This is how you use a facial gua sha scraping tool in three easy steps:
1. Cleanse Your Face before Using Your Gua Sha Scraping Tool
Always wash your face before you start scraping, so you don't spread oil or bacteria.
2. Apply Gua Sha Oil to Your Face
Apply three-five drops of TOMA’s Sculpting Treatment Oil to help your gua sha tool glide over your face and nourish your skin.
3. Scrape Your Neck Then Your Face
Always scrape your neck first before your face to improve energy flow and circulation.
Let's dive a little deeper and talk about how to use gua sha on your neck and face for the natural facelift everybody raves about.
How to Use a Facial Gua Sha Scraping Tool on Your Neck
Always start gua sha by scraping your neck.
- Scrape from your shoulder to the bottom of your ear lobe and massage with a wiggle movement
- Scrape from the middle of your throat to your chin and wiggle
- Scrape with the V-angle on your throat moving upwards and wiggle under your chin
- Continue scraping all the way over to the other shoulder
Once you’re done scraping your neck, move onto your face.
How to us a Facial Gua Sha Tool on Your Face
1.Scrape your chin, from your chin, along your jaw to your ear and wiggle
2. Scrape along your cheek to your ear and wiggle
3. Scrape under your cheekbone with the notch to your ear and wiggle
4. Scrape very gently under the eye to the temple and wiggle
5. Scrape your brow bone to the temple and wiggle
6. Scrape your forehead from underneath the brow, over it, and up to the scalp and wiggle
More and more women are opting for gua sha scraping over botox treatments. It's more than just an Instagram trend, it's using your body’s natural ability to get the results you want. It's a medicinal treatment because it WORKS. We promise you'll see immediate results just after scraping one side of your face.
But gua sha works deeper than just reducing fine lines and healing acne. Gua sha rebalances your energy not only for healthier skin but a brighter healthier you with less stress, more energy, and more happiness.
Can botox do this? We don't think so.