How to use the gua sha facial technique
First thing first, make sure the shape of your gua sha tool feels good in your hand. If you’re not comfortable holding it, attempting to glide it over your skin might prove to be the opposite of relaxing. Once you’ve chosen your go-to gua sha tool, it’s time to get that Glow!
Let’s Prep The Skin
Start by gently cleansing and moisturizing your face and neck, then use a facial oil or serum to coat the area. This will help the tool glide easily and prevent a ‘rug-burn’ type of injury to the skin.
Start at your neck and work your way up.
For optimal lymphatic drainage, it’s best to start at the neck area and move upwards. Hold your gua sha tool at a 15-degree angle (it should practically be flat against the skin), and using the fingers of your free hand as traction, gently glide the tool along the skin using sweeping, upward strokes. (“If it hurts, you’re applying too much pressure, It should feel relaxing.”) Repeat each motion three to five times for a meditative effect.
Move to your chin and jaw.
Start from the center of your chin and sweep the gua sha tool across your jawline until you reach your ear. Repeat three to five times on each side.
Treat the cheeks.
Starting at the crease beside your nose, sweep outwards across your cheek until you reach your ear. Repeat three to five times on each side.
Be gentle around your eyes.
The under-eye area is the most sensitive spot, it’s important to apply super-light pressure, gliding the gua sha tool from the inner corner of the eye to the temple. Repeat three to five times on each side, then repeat these steps in the same manner across your brow bone. Once you reach your forehead, sweep in an upwards motion from the eyebrows to the hairline. Repeat three to five times on each side.
Finish off your facial massage by applying a gentle facial moisturizer.
To start, you may perform gua sha on your face two to three times a week to assess for any skin irritation, swelling, and discomfort after application. If you’re in the clear, feel free to make facial gua sha a relaxing daily practice.