In this post, we share 9 benefits of using Gua Sha with you. Did you know that you can reduce both wrinkles, facial swelling, cellulite, acne, blackheads and rosacea with our Gua Sha stone and Facial Roller?
Although the Gua Sha trend is relatively new, it is actually a treatment that has already been around for over 2,000 years in Chinese medicine. Gua Sha is a massage technique that involves using stones/crystals to massage the face and body. When you massage your face with the Gua Sha stone or facial roller, the skin will turn a little red, which means that the blood circulation in the area increases. This in turn means that lots of nutrients and oxygen are transported there, which is super healthy for your skin.
The tool used is usually made of stone or crystals, but there are also variants made of steel. The most common varieties are jade, amethyst and rose quartz. We have used the latter for our gorgeous Gua Sha set. The set includes both Gua Sha stone and Facial Roller in Rose Quartz with gold details, and is really super delicious if we do say so ourselves. Since rose quartz is a stone with natural formations, each and every Gua Sha set with us is completely unique.
1. Reduce wrinkles with Gua Sha
By performing Gua Sha, your skin cells will receive more nourishment and stay healthier. Gua Sha also stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system so that the body can rest. Treating the face with a Gua Sha massage will therefore release tension in the facial muscles. Muscles that are relaxed will help to counteract wrinkles and lines in the skin. It's pretty amazing that you can reduce wrinkles under the eyes, on the forehead and around the mouth by doing a treatment that's so comfortable, isn't it?
2. Prevent tense muscles and headaches
Gua Sha stone and Facial Roller are perfect massage tools for loosening tense and stiff muscles in the face, scalp and neck. We use these muscles all day, and in combination with stress, muscle knots, tension and headaches can quickly build up in many of us.
3. Reduce puffiness in the face
If you often tend to get bloated and have some swelling on your face, you should focus on lymphatic drainage when doing Gua Sha. For extra focus on exactly lymphatic drainage during facial massage, it is important that the movements you make go towards the lymph nodes. They sit particularly in the neck and near the ears.
You may know that our body gets rid of waste products through blood and lymph circulation, but what exactly is lymphatic drainage? Our lymphatic system has an important job - namely to transport lymph around . Lymph is a fluid that contains white blood cells that fight infection. A well-functioning lymphatic system is therefore very important for health, and here Gua Sha massage can make a positive contribution.
4. Get tighter skin and a more defined jaw
By regularly massaging your face with Gua Sha, you will actually experience firmer skin, a natural eyebrow lift and a tighter and more defined jaw area.
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5. Treat sensitive skin, rosacea and burst blood vessels
Do you struggle with burst blood vessels, sensitive skin and rosacea on your face? You are welcome to use Gua Sha as a treatment, as it can have a calming effect on the skin when used correctly. At the same time, one should be a little careful, as harsh handling of redness on the face can make the condition worse. We recommend that you put your facial roller in the fridge for a few minutes before treatment - so that it is nice and cool. Then gently roll over your skin with light pressure to cool and calm irritated skin.
6. Treat acne with Gua Sha
The most important tip for treating acne and blackheads with Gua Sha is to never drag/pull the Gua Sha stone directly over the affected area. It is best to massage the area around the pimples. By massaging the healthy skin around the area with acne, blood circulation in the skin will increase, which in turn will have a positive effect on the area with acne. Because blood circulation is increased, the skin is helped to get rid of blackheads and pimples more easily. Pores become less visible, and impurities in the skin such as acne and pimples are reduced.
7. Get tighter skin and get rid of cellulite on the body
On the body, Gua Sha works like a deep tissue massage. It will dissolve tension, reduce muscle pain and increase blood circulation. The result is increased collagen and elastin production in the skin, which results in tighter skin and fewer cellulites. You can use Gua Sha on the whole body, with a particular focus on areas you feel have a lot of tension, knots, loose skin and/or cellulite. In women, cellulite is often found on the thighs, so this is a natural place to massage with Gua Sha.
Remember that when you massage the body with the Gua Sha stone you will experience red marks on the skin. This is just a sign of increased blood supply, and is natural. It just means you're doing it right. It goes away again after a few days, luckily.
8. Increase microcirculation
According to a survey done by Vogue, you will increase your microcirculation by up to 400% by using your Gua Sha for one to two minutes every day. Microcirculation is the part of the circuit in our body where nutrients, salts and water are absorbed - and waste substances are excreted. The microcirculation is the basis for cells and organs in the body to survive.
9. Relax more
Gua Sha is a relaxing beauty treatment that works like meditation for many. Put the Gua Sha stone and Facial Roller cold in the fridge for a few minutes, find your favorite facial oil, breathe with your belly and massage your face with your Gua Sha kit. It dissolves tense muscles, helps with tension headaches and lowers the pulse. Whatever it does for you, this is self-care at a high level: and it is always good for both body and soul.