How To Use A Gua Sha
Gua Sha's are a beauty tool that can help improve blood circulation, reduce puffiness and inflammation, and promote lymphatic drainage. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use one.
Follow These Steps:
Step 1: Cleanse your face
Before using the Gua Sha, make sure your face is clean and free of makeup by cleansing. Pair your cleanser with our Bamboo Terry Cleansing Mitt for an extra-thorough cleanse.
Step 2: Apply facial oil or serum
Next, apply a few drops of our Antioxidant Facial Oil or your favourite serum to your skin. This will help the Gua Sha glide smoothly over your skin and prevent any friction or irritation.
Step 3: Hold the Gua Sha at the right angle
When using the Gua Sha tool, it's important to hold it at a 15-30 degree angle to your skin. This ensures that you're using the edge of the tool to apply gentle pressure to the skin, which can help stimulate circulation and promote lymphatic drainage. Be sure to use light pressure and avoid applying too much force, which can cause discomfort or irritation.
Step 4: Start with the neck and décolletage
Begin by using the curved edge of the Gua Sha to gently scrape along the contours of your neck and décolletage. Use upward strokes and light pressure, moving from the base of your neck up towards your chin and jawline.
Step 5: Move on to the jawline and cheeks
Next, use the flat side of the Gua Sha to gently scrape along your jawline and cheeks. Start at the center of your chin and move outward towards your ears, using light pressure and upward strokes. Repeat on the other side.
Step 6: Use the small curves for the eye area
For the delicate skin around your eyes, use the short edge of the Gua Sha to gently scrape from the inner corner of your eye outwards. Be very gentle and use light pressure, avoiding the eye itself.
Step 7: Use the U edge for the neck
Run the U edge down the sides of the neck, and any other angled areas.
Step 8: Move on to the forehead
Finally, use the long edge of the Gua Sha to gently scrape along your forehead, starting at the center and moving outwards towards your hairline. Use light pressure and upward strokes.
Step 9: Switch to the comb edge
Flip the Gua Sha over and use the comb edge to gently massage your skin in a downward motion. This can help stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage, while also helping to distribute your facial products evenly across your skin.
Step 10: Finish with a moisturiser or night cream
After using the Gua Sha, finish with a moisturiser or night cream to help lock in moisture and provide extra nourishment to your skin.
Step 11: Cleanse the Gua Sha
After using the Gua Sha, be sure to clean it thoroughly with soap and water or a gentle cleanser. Dry it with a soft cloth and store it in a cool, dry place.
When using a Gua Sha, it's generally recommended to stroke each section of your face 3-5 times before moving on to the next area. However, you can adjust the number of strokes to suit your personal preference and the needs of your skin. It's important to avoid overstimulating the skin by using the Gua Sha too frequently or applying too much pressure. Instead, use light pressure and take your time to work slowly and gently across each section of your face. You can also experiment with different techniques, such as using shorter or longer strokes, or using circular or back-and-forth movements. The key is to listen to your body and adjust your technique as needed to ensure a comfortable and effective massage.