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  • Writer's pictureHelena Sergeant


Updated: May 2

What is it & what is it used for?

I'm sure you've heard about the latest beauty craze doing the rounds and wondering what on earth is a Gua Sha?... Gua what?

Well, a Gua Sha (pronounced 'gwa-shah') is an ancient Chinese healing technique used to treat a variety of ailments. Gua Sha is the practice of gently scraping the skin with a smooth, flat tool to stimulate blood circulation and is used on the face and body.

The technique is thought to have originated in China over 3,000 years ago. Gua Sha is practiced with a round-edged tool made of Jade, Rose quartz, Aventurine, Nephrite, Bian stone or stainless steal. The tool is moved gently against the skin in a slow motions, which causes a light redness to appear (on the body). This redness is known as “sha” and is thought to be a sign that the body’s energy is being moved.

A Gua Sha can be used to:

  • Release toxins

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Improve circulation

  • Improve sagging jowls

  • Improve double chin

  • Promote relaxation

  • Improve skin texture & tone

  • Reduce wrinkles

  • Relieve tension

  • Reduce headaches

  • Reduce muscle pain

  • Reduce fatigue

  • Stimulate the body's natural healing process

It is important to use a light touch and move the tool in the same direction as the flow of energy. It is important to remember to use gentle pressure when using the tool, especially on the face, as too much pressure can cause bruising or irritation. Also, it is important to use a clean tool to avoid transferring bacteria and dirt to the skin.

How to use a Gua Sha

1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and warm water.

2. Apply a layer of your favourite face oil to your skin.

3. Place the Gua Sha flat against your skin and gently glide it in an upward motion along the contours of your face with a little acupressure wiggle.

4. Use light to moderate pressure and repeat the same motion five times in the same area.

5. Repeat the process for the entire face.

Gua Sha for the face :

Two video tutorials to show you exactly how to use the Gua Sha on your face and body by Tina Engeo and Face Yoga Expert.

Gua Sha for the body :

Please note: Do not practice Gua Sha over broken skin, broken veins, moles, cuts or bruises.

Face Oil

Apply face oil to the skin before practicing Gua Sha. I have listed my two favourite face oils below.

Ren Evercalm™ Barrier Support Elixir £44

A non-greasy barrier support oil proven to help strengthen and repair the skin barrier from as early as 30 minutes and reduce the 7 signs of sensitivity in 7 days. Created to combat dryness and signs of sensitisation or irritation, the soothing microbiome-friendly and fragrance-free formula contains 100% natural-origin ingredients, to leave skin instantly feeling more supple, comforted and hydrated.

Enriched with a carefully selected blend of 7 natural oils that work together to intensively nourish and replenish skin. Including: Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, sourced from the 'purest place on earth' Jeju Island in Korea, soothes skin and helps reduce signs of sensitivity. Cold-pressed Organic Inca Inchi Oil, one of the world’s richest sources of omega 3 and 6, replenishes the skin and helps repair the skin barrier. Sustainably sourced Meadowfoam Seed Oil, rich in lipids and antioxidants, nourishes the skin and helps strengthen the skin barrier.

Eve Taylor Aromatic Serum No.4 £14.20

An aromatic treatment serum to maintain the balance of normal or combination skin. A nurturing blend of essential oils and botanical help defy the first signs of ageing. Expertly hand blended aromatic oils nurture the skin and the senses. An expert belnd of essential oils condition and refresh the skin keeping it supple and soft. Deeply penetrating formulation helps to maintain a healthy glow. Key ingredients: Ho wood conditions and refreshes the complexion. Jasmine maintains balance in the skin. Nourishing plant oils protect the delicate balance of moisture and oil levels.

I've been using my rose quartz Gua Sha for two weeks now and I can definitely see an improvement to my jawline, my facial puffiness has decreased and and my skin texture has improved and I love it!

As always, I love hearing from you. So please comment or get in touch and tell me your Gua Sha success stories!

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