Facial gua sha is technically nothing new, but it’s having a major moment in the beauty world. And while it feels just as lovely as it sounds, the benefits actually extend way past relaxation and lessened tension – it’s linked to clearer skin, fewer wrinkles, and a more sculpted (read: youthful) appearance. Read on to learn all about it.
First things first: What exactly is facial gua sha?
Pronounced gwa sha, it’s a facial treatment that involves scraping a flat jade or rose quartz stone over the skin in upward strokes to relax stiff muscles and promote tissue drainage. But unlike a traditional gua sha massage, it won’t leave bruise-like marks on your face as it’s done with a much lighter hand. Oh, and you can do it yourself at home.
Sounds great, but what does it do?
It moves lymphatic fluids and breaks down tension in muscles. That means improved blood flow and less puffiness (we’re looking at you, under-eye bags). The increase in circulation is said to up hydration for that coveted youthful glow, and it even helps the skin to naturally purge blemish-causing dirt and oils.
What’s the process?
You should start at the neck and work your way up to the forehead. This way, you’re creating a clear path for the fluids in your face to drain. You’ll notice the best results if you do it every day, but since even taking our multivitamins every day is hard enough, experts say two to three times per week will do.
What kind of results are we talking about?
Less-puffy eyes and sharper cheekbones are two immediate results (cheers to instant gratification), but doing it about three times a week might yield an improvement in acne, dryness, and wrinkles.