WHAT IS GUA SHA?
With origins in ancient Chinese medicine, gua sha involves sliding a flat, contoured tool, often made of crystal or jade, over the skin.
Within facial skincare, the gentle pressure of this movement helps release muscle tension, increases blood circulation & encourages lymphatic drainage. Studies have shown that blood flow can increase as much as 400%. The ritual of gua sha lifts & sculpts the skin, smoothing lines & leaving it looking & feeling firm, glowing & supple.
HOW DO I INCORPORATE GUA SHA INTO MY SKINCARE REGIMEN?
Gua sha should be practiced after applying facial serums, oils or moisturisers, or after removing a sheet mask. This not only ensures that the gua sha can move seamlessly over the skin without pulling at the skin, but it also helps maximise the penetration of skincare products deep into the skin.
The curved edges of the gua sha align to the natural contours of the face. Working in an upward & outward direction, gently apply pressure & glide the curved side of the Gua Sha across your face, keeping it almost flat to the skin.
Start by working upwards from the neck, then move from the centre of the chin outwards across the jawline. Glide outwards from the nose across the cheeks, & from the brows across & up the forehead to the hairline. Repeat each motion from 3 to 5 times for each area of the face.
Create your own facial ritual at home & tailor your gua sha practice to your skin’s needs. Apply softer pressure to reduce puffiness in the skin & when working on delicate areas such as around the eyes. Use firmer pressure to relax muscle tension, especially across the jaw, neck & forehead.
Gua sha can be incorporated into your skincare regimen as often as you like, but consistency is key. Work towards creating a 3 to 5 minute self care ritual.
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