Guasha - a skincare tool you can't live without
Guasha 刮痧 - the latest must-have skincare tool that everybody is crazy about.
But does Guasha massage really lives up to its hype? Our answer is YES!
Guasha massage can be done on the whole body and when done on the face, the technique is much gentler and it's truly very relaxing.
Its benefits are well beyond a nice pampering and relaxing treat – it’s a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) healing technique very effective in:
- relaxing muscles
- stimulating lymphatic drainage
- increasing blood flow
- releasing the fascia
- optimize the penetration and effectiveness of the skincare you apply
If you’re looking to try one out for yourself, check out our tips here below.
WHICH GUASHA SHAPE?
There are so many shapes and it all depends on the type of massage you want to have. Our fav is the heart-shaped as it's also to hold and fits well in those hard-to-reach contours and curves, especially around the jawline and the eyes. Rollers are great for relaxation but in terms of efficacy, we prefer traditional Guasha shapes as they perform better tissue massage.
WHICH GUASHA MATERIAL IS BETTER?
STAINLESS STEEL, COPPER: The most expensive and high-performing Guashas are made of stainless steel and copper because of its resonation properties (you can feel it resonate on areas with lots of scar tissue and blockages). However, it comes at a steep price. Great for mature skin, blemished skin, scarring.
JADE (JADEITE, light green): the most common Guasha tool material. Naturally, a cooling stone balances QI energy with the body. Jadeite is the most affordable stone but tends to break easily. Great for combination skin, oily skin
ROSE QUARTZ (pink to light pink): It is calming, soothing and healing. Rose quartz is slightly harder than Jadeite and harder to carve so it is more likely to shatter. Great for sensitive skin and with rosacea
BIAN STONE (black): Historically used in traditional Chinese medicine, Bian stone is the most authentic material used for Guasha. It’s a heavy stone, allowing deeper penetration and better fascia and muscle release. Great for all skin types.
Other materials include plastic, buffalo horns (no thank you!), other crystals like Amethyst and wood but they are not as effective as crystals and stone.
HOW DO I USE MY GUASHA?
STEP 1: Give yourself a fast acupressure face massage
STEP 2: A face workout using facial oils
- Cleanse face.
- Apply one pump of ÏIS, NAÃ or HAE to forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. Add one more pump for neck and décolletage area.
- Gently pat the serum or moisturiser onto cheeks, forehead, chin and neck.
- Use both palms to massage the product into skin, using smooth, outward and upward strokes, until product is fully absorbed.
- Place both index fingers on the skin between neck and jawline; gently press and hold each point for one deep breath in and out. Release. Repeat.
- Move up to the point between the lower lip and middle of the chin. Gently press, hold, breathe. Release and repeat.
- Move onto the centre of the upper lip; the point between the lip and the nose. Gently press, hold, breathe. Release and repeat.
- Move up to sides of the nostrils. Gently press, hold, breathe. Release and repeat.
- Move up to temples. Gently press, hold, breathe. Release and repeat.
- Place fingers on the skin just under the eyes. Gently press, hold, breathe. Release and repeat.
- Move fingers along the eyebrow line. Gently press, hold, breathe. Release and repeat.
- Finally, move onto the third eye – the point between the eyebrows. Gently press, hold, breathe. Release and repeat.
Nourish your skin by layering one of our oils, AZUR, SHAANT or KORU, on top of ÏIS, NAÃ, or HAE. Use the techniques below to give your face a workout and a lymphatic boost. The result? A toned and gleaming complexion.
- Warm two to four drops of face oil between hands, rubbing palms together. Close your eyes, inhale deeply, then exhale. Repeat three times.
- Begin by pressing oil onto cheeks, forehead, chin and neck.
- Massage décolletage and neck with long, smooth upward strokes, moving from neck to the chin.
- Using open palms, apply oil to face, beginning at the chin, using outward and upward strokes to massage oil into skin. Move to cheeks and continue massaging.
- Use both index fingers to massage forehead and temples, tracing small circular shapes across skin.
- Use fingertips to massage the area under eyebrows and around the eyes, using outward and upward strokes. Avoid getting any product directly in eyes.
- Massage the oil into nose and the area around it, using outward and upward strokes.
- Finish by applying gentle pressure to the point in-between eyebrows, followed by the area below the earlobes and along the edge of the jawbone. Hold for one deep breath, in and out. Release.