Facial Gua Sha

 Facial Gua Sha 101

First of all, Gua Sha (刮 痧) is a Chinese healing method that is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory of meridians.  When administering Gua Sha, professional practitioners would use a smooth-edged tool to massage and scrap (刮 “gua”) along energetic pathways in the body to release blockages, promote blood circulation and relieve tension.  By scraping, tiny rash-like spots called petechiae, also known as “Sha” (痧), would show under the skin as a sign of dispelled toxins from the body.

Interestingly, Gua Sha also made its way into the modern skincare routine to help improve lymphatic function for reducing water retention and improving blood circulation for healthier skin.  Rest assure that facial Gua Sha is gentler and usually practiced by using less pressure.  Facial Gua Sha should not induce bruising or petechiae while still retaining the full benefits of this traditional self-care therapy.

Ancient Gua Sha Illustration

History of Gua Sha

If Gua Sha seems unconventional to you, it is perhaps time to get acquainted with it because Gua Sha not only dates as far back as the Palaeolithic Age and became part of the mainstream medical system during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it is also becoming a popular wellness and beauty treatment around the world.  Even celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Emilia Clarke and Gwyneth Paltrow are ardent fans of such age-old therapy!


Gua Sha Tool

When doing Gua Sha, besides using the right scraping technique, the choice of material used for making the tool is incredibly important too.  Unknown to many, different materials carry different properties and characteristics that can impact the treatment and healing process.  This is why only natural materials are selected for such treatment.  In particular, Rose Quartz and Jade are two of the most commonly used for Gua Sha rituals.  

As a brand that is deeply rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, we want to advocate only the best methods and products to improve beauty and wellness – this is why we use Bian Stone at YINA.