This Is Exactly How to Use Your Gua Sha Face Tool

Face Scraper Gemstone Scraper Gua Sha

Learn more about techniques and tips about your gua sha tool.

The gemstone scraper. Also known as a gua sha tool, a flat gemstone of jade or rose quartz is praised for its ability to sculpt out cheekbones, de-puff hangover eye bags, and boost skin brightness. And activate the lymphatic system.

But what exactly is gua sha and how can a small stone offer so many beauty benefits? Find everything you need to know about this skincare treasure.

What Is Gua Sha?

While the terms "jade scraping" or "gua sha" may be new terms for you, this facial technique actually dates back centuries ago. The face-scraping technique is based on an ancient healing technique called Gua Sha, which was first referred to in a classical Chinese medicine text. Originally gua sha encouraged the skin to heal itself. This early Chinese technique was adapted for modern facial treatments.

Gua sha has been adapted to be used in facial therapies. Gua sha is a method that promotes lymphatic drainage, which helps to eliminate bloating caused by fluid trapped under your skin that needs to be released to your lymph system. Gua sha is not only good for you — and could also have some additional benefits for your skin.

The Benefits of Gua Sha

  • Stimulates circulation
  • Helps produce collagen
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Diminishes dark circles
  • Sculpts facial muscles

How to Use a Gua Sha

So how can you get the benefits of gua sha at home? The best method is to use gentle pressure and apply even strokes against your skin, preferably in the direction of lymphatic flow. Lymph nodes are located beneath the surface of the skin.

How Often Should You Gua Sha?

While once a week is recommended for gua sha, the frequency of use will depend on your skin type and your skin’s tolerance for the method. You should aim to use gua sha at least two to three times per week. Once you get into a routine of performing gua sha you’ll achieve the best results doing it daily.

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