GUA SHA FACIAL HOW TO
Ever since I became aware of Gua Sha for the face, I have been including it in my weekly, if not daily, skin care ritual. I have seen it clear up small pimple outbreaks, and thoroughly enjoy both the glow and rush of colour that the technique brings to my face.
Gua Sha is a technique used in Chinese Medicine, which uses a tool to scrape/firmly stroke well lubricated skin, in order to increase blood circulation and release any toxicity as a result of stagnant blood. It is said to increase both vibrancy and elasticity of the skin, as well as assist in reducing wrinkles, the method also helps us to release tension and stress from our face and neck.
Gua Sha facials are more delicate than some Gua Sha techniques performed on the body. During a Gua Sha facial we use a medium to firm pressure on well lubricated skin with the intention of increasing blood circulation and removing any stagnant energy, a light redness of the skin does occur from the pressure of the tool used, but no bleeding should occur.
Apply your choice of face oil on your face and neck, make sure the skin is well lubricated. I have been using Ritual Oil’s Blue Lotus Infused Moringa Oil, about 3 - 4 drops on my face and 2 on my neck.
Using your Gua Sha tool of choice, with a medium to firm pressure slide the tool up your neck (you can include the front side and back depending how extensive you would like the facial to be). We start at the neck, move to the jaw line, top of the lip, cheeks, nose, brow, forehead. Five repetitions of each stroke is ideal, but three works too. We generally complete the strokes on one side and balance out by doing the opposite side, please see diagram below.
HOW TO PERFORM A GUA SHA FACIAL.
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