How to Gua Sha Your Face with This Simple & Effective Technique for Improving Circulation

After a long and stressful day, nothing feels better than a soothing massage. But have you ever tried facial massage? If the idea of someone touching your face makes you uncomfortable, you can easily administer it to yourself at home while receiving similar benefits. Facial massage simply involves stimulating pressure points on the face to relax and rejuvenate the skin.

There are several different types of facial massage including familiar techniques like shiatsu or Swedish massage and reflexology. However, if you’re looking for a technique that can help boost blood flow, delivering tighter and firmer skin, you’ll want to try Gua Sha.

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese therapy that involves the use of a smooth-edged tool to stroke the skin. It is commonly used to treat chronic pain, often in combination with complementary therapies like massage, acupuncture, heat therapy, and herbal medicine.

This practice is rooted in the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which promotes the balanced flow of qi (energy) throughout the body. It is believed that when the qi becomes stagnant it results in health problems. The practice of Gua Sha helps improve circulation and promote healing by restoring proper flow of qi.

Here are the top benefits of Gua Sha:

  1. Boosts the flow of lymph to improve skin concerns like puffiness, swelling, acne, and fatigue.
  2. Helps reduce flare-ups of cystic acne by improving circulation and reducing congestion.
  3. Brings blood to the surface of the skin to support cell renewal and reduce the visibility of acne scars.
  4. Helps tighten the skin on the face by directing the flow of lymph.
  5. Reduces the appearance of dark circles and improves glow by boosting circulation.
  6. Helps sculpt the facial muscles to create more defined contours.
  7. Relaxes stiff muscles and tissues, helping smooth out the visible signs of aging.

The idea behind Gua Sha is that the pressure and movement of the tool releases facial and muscular tension. It helps guide the flow of sluggish lymph fluid and boosts circulation to help tone the face and rejuvenate the skin. Gua Sha may also benefit other parts of the body. According to TCM, when you apply pressure to the face, you’re stimulating a specific meridian point which corresponds to a specific organ. By stimulating that energy point, it tells the body that more blood needs to be directed to that organ.

Tips for Administering Gua Sha

The beauty of facial massage is that it’s customizable. You can focus on a single area or massage your entire face – whatever feels right to you. When self-administering Gua Sha, you can control the pressure and speed of your movements as well.

Here are a few tips to properly administer Gua Sha at home:

  • Before administering Gua Sha, wash your massage tool in warm water with soap to make sure it’s clean.
  • For an additional soothing effect on irritated skin, chill the tool in your refrigerator for a few hours before using.
  • Cleanse your face well and apply your choice of serum, moisturizer, or face oil to help the tool glide smoothly over your skin.
  • Apply gentle pressure and move the tool from the base of the neck up toward the jaw line – repeat several times on either side of the neck.
  • Place the tool on your chin and move it along the jawline toward the bottom of your ears – repeat several times on each side of the face.
  • Massage the cheeks, moving from the center of the face upward toward the hairline – you’ll need to work in several horizontal lines.
  • Gently massage the skin under the eyes, pulling the skin toward your temples.
  • Move the tool against your forehead, starting in the middle and pull the skin toward your hairline – repeat on the other side.
  • After finishing the massage, go about the rest of your regular skincare routine.

The key to maximizing your benefits with Gua Sha is to find the perfect pairing of a facial massage tool and a facial serum, oil, or booster.

The My Face Massage Crystal is uniquely designed for facial massage and is inspired by practices like Gua Sha. Made from green aventurine, this crystal helps soften the skin and neutralize pollutants while visibly firming the facial contours. Infused with negative ions to flush out toxins, the My Face Massage Crystal will naturally detoxify, cleanse, and heal.  The wand-like shape makes it easy to use around delicate areas of skin like the under eyes and eye contours.

Pair your My Face Massage Crystal with your favorite facial serum, oil, or booster. To rehydrate and deeply moisturize the skin, try Hydra No. 1 Serum. Juvenil is ideal for blemish-prone skin while Elixir Vital, a dual-phase serum, soothes irritated skin and reduces the visible signs of aging.

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