Puffy eyes? Scowl lines? Saggy, lackluster skin? Thankfully, there’s a natural fix for these issues – and no, we’re not talking about another hyped up skincare cream. We’re talking about gua sha!
This ancient Chinese technique uses a specially crafted tool to massage the face, leaving you with tighter, brighter, and healthier-looking skin.
Now, facial massage is nothing new – I’ve got a drawer full of jade rollers, beauty wands, and other assorted gizmos to prove it.
However, my gua sha is the tool I reach for daily because it’s so easy to use and the results speak for themselves.
Sound tempting? If that weren’t enough to convert you, here are 7 amazing gua sha benefits you need to know about!
1. Relaxes facial tension
If you’re prone to stress, you probably carry a lot of tension in your facial muscles. Not only can this lead to stress headaches and TMJ, it can also contribute to wrinkles! (Where do you think those scowl lines come from?)
Botox is highly effective at smoothing facial wrinkles because it relaxes the muscles that cause expression lines. By the same token, gua sha can also help relax overactive facial muscles.
My massaging your face with a gua sha tool, you can effectively melt away facial tension. The result is a more serene and uplifted looking face.
2. Offers a natural facelift
Who doesn’t want a youthful, fresh-looking face? While there’s no substitute for facelift surgery, gua sha can deliver results that go far deeper than your typical skincare cream.
Gua sha can help manipulate and sculpt facial contours by acting on the deeper layers of muscle and fascia. This method also oxygenates the skin cells to deliver more nutrients to the skin for an overall firmer and more youthful look.
3. Reduces facial puffiness
There’s nothing worse than waking up to see a red and puffy face staring back at you through your mirror! Puffiness of the face is caused by a build-up of fluid under the skin.
Using the gua sha face massaging tool, you can drain out excess fluids and detoxify your body. You’d be surprised at how much fluid build-up can alter your face shape and structure; double chins have been known to disappear and hooded eyes can start to uplift themselves!
4. Gives glowing skin
You don’t need hundreds of skincare products to achieve naturally glowing skin – a simple gua sha will do the trick! As massaging your face with a gua sha promotes blood flow and circulation, any dull areas will become instantly radiant with an illuminating glow.
Each side of the gua sha has been specifically designed for certain parts of the face, meaning you’ll be able to rejuvenate every nook, cranny, deep line, and furrow!
5. Smooths lines and wrinkles
Gua Sha benefits those in need of plumping out and erasing wrinkles by opening up the circulatory system and promoting collagen production. Collagen is great for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, and can even improve your skin’s elasticity so you can avoid getting wrinkles further down the line!
Since collagen is so important for skincare, many cosmetic products and supplements are filled to the brim with it. Now you can give these products a boost by enhancing your body’s collagen through gua sha massage.
6. Reduces under eye bags and circles
The area below the eyes is one of the most problematic areas of the face as the skin is some of the thinnest on our bodies; this means extra care needs to be taken for such a delicate area. There are many causes for dark circles and eye bags – stress, fatigue, genetics, and lymphatic issues to name a few.
Dark circles and bags under the eyes can be targeted using gua sha, with many people swearing by the method to ditch the pesky baggage! Although the Chinese practice can’t change your genetics or make you get more rest (even though it feels super relaxing), it can make a serious impact on your under eyes and in some cases, completely erase dark circles.
7. Boost’s efficacy of skincare products
One of the more obscure gua sha benefits is its ability to boost the effectiveness of other skincare products. If you think your skincare products are great now, just wait until you’ve paired them with gua sha!
By placing your oils, serums, or lotions onto the skin and massaging them in with the gua sha tool, your products will penetrate deeper into the skin for higher absorption. Additionally, your skin should have a naturally boosted response to skincare products due to its new healthy circulation!
Ready to get your gua sha on?
Now that you’re sold on the benefits of gua sha, you are probably eager to get your hands on one of these skin-saving tools.
Gua sha is super popular these days so there’s no shortage of products on the market. You’ve probably seen all kinds of gua sha tools tools made of jade or stone.
However, we recommend adding a sandalwood gua sha to your beauty arsenal. Sandalwood is a unique and precious wood and it happens to make a fantastic beauty tool. It’s lightweight and gently conforms to the face. Best of it, it won’t break if dropped – making it perfect for throwing into your gym bag or traveling with.
Our favorite is the sandalwood gua sha included in our Lift & Glow Kit
This kit combines two ancient (and ultra effective!) skincare rituals into one versatile set: gua sha and facial cupping. It also includes our Get the Glow Antioxidant Face Oil for skin prep.