Gua sha is an ancient Chinese practice that’s meant to improve circulation, relax your muscles, and improve blood flow. Think of it as a trifecta of skincare, massage, and self-care. Ta-fuckin-da!
At first you’re going to feel a little funny doing this, but just take 5 to 10 minutes out of your day to relax the sh*t you didn’t even KNOW needed to relax. You only need about 3-5 strokes per area! To begin, you’re going to want to do some basic prep by cleaning your gua sha and washing your hands—make sure you are bare faced ready! Next, you need to apply a generous amount of an oil-based product of your choosing to your face, neck, and chest. We need that gua sha to SLIDE, baby! Finally, let’s f*ckin’ perform. There are multiple sides to the gua sha to fit all the different parts of your body as well. Ahhhh-mazing.
Jawline and Chin: Use the ‘heart-shape’ side
and glide the tool upwards from the center
of the chin out to the earlobe. Get that
Forehead: Start at the center of the forehead
and divide into three sections. Glide the tool
outward towards your hairline. Left side,
middle, right side. Ahhhhh.
Cheeks: Using the longest side of the tool,
begin by massaging the cheekbones. Start
just above the mouth, to the side of the
nose. Using medium pressure, drag the tool
upwards, following the contours of the
cheekbones, towards the hairline.
Under-Eye: Start in the inner corner of the
eye and glide outwards to the temple. Use the
longest curve of the ‘heart-shape’ to massage
the under-eye area.
Brows: Glide upwards along the brow bone,
going from the inside out. Use the smaller
curve of the ‘heart-shape’ for underneath
the eyebrow and the longer curve for above
the eyebrow. Use gentle pressure.
Lips: Glide over your lips back and forth
about five times for a plumping effect.
Neck: Section your neck into four areas
and scrape each section from the bottom
up to the jawline. You can use pressure
on the parts that feel a bit more tense
Back: Using the upper side, or the top
of the ‘heart-shape,’ drag the tool up the
back of the neck using firm pressure. Give
that brainstem a massage! When you reach
the hairline, use pressing motions on the
areas of the neck that feel most tense.