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Over the past several years, I’ve seen ancient Chinese practices – from jade rollers to cupping to the Gua Sha among others – surface in the states and become a thing. It always baffles me because it was so common to see my family use these tools growing up. The latest buzz has been all about the Gua Sha, so I wanted to do a write up and share how you can elevate your beauty routine with this nifty little tool!

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What is a Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a practice of taking a flat tool and pulling it across the skin. It’s usually made from jade, crystals (like rose quartz), or porcelain (and historically, even bones!). It’s an amazing tool for anyone who wants to elevate their skin health, make more time for self-care, and even for those who have a strong interest in natural beauty. It can be effective for all types of skin whether you have dry, oily, aging, or problematic skin.

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How to use a Gua Sha?

The Gua Sha can be applied to the face, body, or both. For the face, start by spraying your face with your favorite mist. I love this one by Caudalie, but you also can’t go wrong with this affordable option! Next, apply your favorite serum, essence, or oil – I prefer to use a facial oil (love this one here, here, and here) because it gives the skin more slip.

Once you have that on, take the flat side of the Gua Sha where it curves and slide it slowly from the jawline going up towards the cheekbone. Start with three strokes and increase it as your skin tolerates. Be sure to move towards the inner and upper parts of your face after completing the strokes. I also like to sweep this tool from the side of my nose to the temples and from my eyebrows up towards my hairline. For a full and in-depth tutorial, I highly recommend watching this video.

Once you’re done with your Gua Sha routine, wash it with warm water and soap and store it in a cool, dry place.

What are the benefits of using a Gua Sha?

For the best results, I find that using a Gua Sha three times a week is sufficient. What I love about it is how it stimulates and boosts blood circulation, instantly resulting in the following:

– Less puffiness, especially after travel or a late night
– Relaxed facial muscles, which results in plump and lifted cheekbones
– Smoother complexion with less noticeable wrinkles and fine lines
– Overall brighter and lifted undereyes

Have you used a Gua Sha yet? What has your experience been with it?

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