Facial Gua Sha is not a new concept, but it has been making waves in the beauty community recently. Besides helping alleviate muscle tension and promoting relaxation, it is also associated with fewer wrinkles, clearer skin, and a more chiseled face.
If you are new to the facial Gua Sha technique, let me walk you through its well-known benefits for the skin before I share my own experience. First and foremost, Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the use of a flat stone to scrape the skin and stimulate blood flow. When you use it regularly on the face, you can expect the following benefits for the health of your skin.
Enhanced blood circulation. This increases the number of nutrients and oxygen reaching the skin and can lead to a clearer and brighter appearance.
Relaxed facial muscle due to the release of muscle tension
Increased collagen production which consequentially rejuvenates the skin
More chiseled and sculpted face. A Gua Sha massage can have quite a noticeable (although temporary) contouring and lifting effect on the face shape, especially around the jawline and cheekbones.
The facial is quite simple and relaxing and also promises profound short and long-term benefits.
I Tried the Gua Sha Face Massage for a week: Here’s My Experience
The process in itself was quite relaxing and pampering. Before my massage, I had put the Gua Sha stone in the freezer to cool it properly. Rubbing a cool stone on your face can substantially increase the effectiveness of the massage and, at the same time, make it more fun and relaxing. I did my Gua Sha massage in slow strokes, beginning from the jawline and going in an upward direction towards the end of the clavicle.
During the second day of my facial massage, I noticed a few breakouts on my face, around the chin and cheekbone areas. This is not a red flag to stop the treatment and is usually a good sign. Whenever you begin a detoxification regimen, your body reacts to it by shedding all the stored up gunk. Since the Gua Sha technique helps lymphatic drainage, a few flare-ups are expected.
By the fourth day, I saw visible differences. Firstly, I became more aware of the anatomy of my face – its peaks, divots, valleys, and stress knots. Once you properly feel your face with the help of the stone, you can slowly recognize the tension areas. In my case, my jawline was very tense. I was also starting to feel more energized overall because of the time I was putting aside to take care of my body. With each stroke, you feel more attuned with yourself, so it’s definitely a beautiful experience.
Finally, I noticed that my face was starting to look slimmer and more sculpted. The most visible change occurred along the chin and jawline, and honestly, this was my biggest motivation to continue. I have now made Gua Sha a daily part of my skin regimen because the benefits are too hard to ignore. I highly suggest that you give this facial massage a try for at least a week.