This week I’m talking beauty, and how can I miss talking about a face transformation with facial gua sha. Gua Sha is a type of massage that was originally used in Chinese medicine to detofixy the body. Traditionally, Gua Sha can be done to the entire body, but nowadays the focus in on the face.
Let’s break down what Gua Sha means. Gua means to stroke, or press, and Sha reffers to the redness of the skin. In ancient Chinese beauty rituals the women implemented this type of detoxifying massage to the face as well. Of course, in a much gentle fashion to promote a healthy complexion and to prevent wrinkles.
Now, facial Gua Sha is a cosmetic massage tht promotes decreas of fine lines and wrinkles. Pairing this type of massage with an oil that has certain properties gives you incredible results. The oils selected for the facial Gua Sha promote healthy cell turnover, hydration.
The strokes and pressure you need to apply to the skin, are selected based on the anatomy of the face. But how does it tone the skin? By stimulating the muscles underneath the skin.
Facial Gua Sha has numerous benefits. The most important are that it softens fine lines, decreases puffiness, heals and prevents breakouts, and gives the skin a refreshed appearance. When gliding the stone on the face and neck, you need to apply pressure that stimultes the blood vessels and encourages fresh blood to rush to the tissue.
How do I use Gua Sha?
When using facial Gua Sha, I find it it’s best to cleanse the face beforehand and apply your oil of choice of cream. Your skin needs to be slippery so that the jade tool can glide smoothly without causing irritation or harming the skin.
First, you start by using the wider concave side of your tool. Start at the base of one of the sides of your neck, pulling it up, towards your jaw. Repeat this a few times and do the same on the other side of your neck. Move to the front of your neck, making the same upward movement
Then, with the smaller partin your Gua Sha, start scraping from the center of your chin. Scrape it along your jawline, going towards the bottom of your ears. Again, repeat a few times, and move to the other side.
After this, with flatter curve, scrape from the center of your face and massage the cheeks. Repeat a few times, preferably 5 times, and move to the other side. Use the small rounded end of your tool to massage the area under your eyes, pulling it towards the temples. Place the tool against your forehead with the largest curve, and gently pull it up towards your hairline.
Finally, repeat each movement at least 5 times before moving on with your regular skincare routine. Do this religiously and see a massive transformation in your skin. You’ll see that your complexion will look healthier, your face will depuff easily after a few Gua Sha swipes. And the most important part, your fine lines as well as wrinkles will decrease. Or you can easily follow this tutorial.
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