If you haven’t been living under a rock then you have definitely come across a Gua Sha over the past year. A Gua Sha is a smooth tool usually made of vanity-based gemstones to promote facial lymph-drainage to debloat the skin in a relaxing and massage-like method.
The method is frequently used in Chinese medicine, with ‘Gua’ meaning scraping and ‘Sha’ meaning sand. The easy to use treatment involves scraping a flat jada hand-held tool with light pressure to promote blood circulation and relax stiff muscles.
The use of Gua Sha has been around for ages and was historically used by Chinese mothers with their sick children. Back then a Gua Sha tool was made out of stones and steel, however contemporary doctors have started using Jada stones to promote holistic massage techniques. Other common forms include medical grade stainless steel which is extremely strong in design however the smooth edges promote appropriate soft tissue therapy. Using this stainless-steel tool means that lymphatic drainage massages can be used anywhere on the body, not just the face!
Another form of Gua Sha material is black obsidian. This sleek design promotes blood circulation in the face and best helps sculpt defining lines. It is important to remember that when using a Gua Sha to only use upward motions with the use of face serums, oils, moisturisers to avoid dragging and damaging the skin.
When wanting to find the best Gua Sha for you, it is important to consider not only the material of the tool but also the shape. The most common is a Dolphin shaped tool which uses a broad wing that allows for a firm grip to dig into muscles. Other shapes such as the Spoon and Fish come in different shapes and sizes for different areas and pressure required on the body.