JADE GUA SHA
Gua Sha's are often refered to as 'The Easter Botox', as they are the ancient Chinese Facial Rejuvenation Secret
Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves gently massaging your face with a soft edge tool to improve your circulation.
This ancient Chinese healing technique is intended to address:
- Stagnant energy, called chi
- Fine lines
- Gua Sha’s work magic around the eyes
- Reduced stress
The Gau Sha can be used for your face or your body.
Gua Sha Benifits
Below are the many benefits of a regular facial gua sha practice—while some are immediate, others come with time, patience, and care.
Gua sha and anti-aging.
As we now know thanks to science, stimulating blood flow has a lot of benefits particularly for the skin. One happy side effect of facial gua sha is that it can increase collagen production by way of, you guessed it, stimulating blood circulation. Collagen is a protein that our skin naturally makes—it’s the most abundant protein in the body—but production decreases as we get older, which contributes to the look of aged skin. Increasing collagen production has been associated with more plumpness and less gravity-induced sag. Gua sha also manipulates the fascia, muscles, and layers underneath the dermis, which contributes to a sculpted look over time.
Gua sha and fine lines.
A regular gua sha practice is constantly renewing and rejuvenating the fluids in the face. Using the basic strokes with consistency, you’ll be helping blood, lymph, and fluids move, undoing stagnation and resulting in a face with improved circulation. Massaging with the gua she stone can help target wrinkles specifically and locally, further releasing the deep fascial creases beneath the surface of the skin and allowing chi to flow there, plumping up fine lines and wrinkles
Gua sha and puffiness.
In addition to increasing blood flow, lymph drainage is a key benefit of facial gua sha. When we’re puffy, the face is typically holding onto excess fluid whether it’s from eating a salty meal the night before, allergies, or—let’s be honest—a good cry. Holistic facialist and gua sha expert Britta Plug often says that the neck is the lymphatic “highway” to the face. By treating the neck, lymph and excess fluids from the face are given a helping hand and a place to down—down and out! You never want to skip the neck.
Gua sha and hyperpigmentation.
Another positive effect of increasing blood and lymph circulation? Addressing hyperpigmentation. Stimulating blood flow can help to repair microwounds, scarring, and hyperpigmentation in the skin, as facial gua sha brings blood to these areas and can help the healing process along.
Gua sha and the eyes.
Many gua sha practitioners report that they look more awake when they’re committing to a daily practice, even if the practice is just a couple of minutes. Gua sha works some kind of magic around the eye area. It helps to depuff the sensitive skin under the eyelid, can help to drain a droopy or hooded eyelid, and also helps release tension between the brows, creating a “lifted” and more awake look.
Gua sha and stress.
Facial gua sha can help put the mind and body at ease. Nonsexual physical touch, whether it is self touch or from another, has been shown to be enormously beneficial for the human body. Touch can boost feelings of physical and emotional well-being, it can chemically stimulate feel-good hormones while lowering blood pressure, and, last but not least, it has the superpower of abating itense feelings of stress as they are happening. Receiving facial gua sha from yourself or from another is a form of self-love and in our touch-deprived way of living and being, is an important part of caring for yourself.
Dispense 5-10 drops of your favourite serium/ cream into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together to warm the serum and press to apply it all over your face and neck.
Follow the Gua Sha facial guide below repeating each stroke 5-10 times.
After each use, wash stone with a bit of mild, natural soap and warm water. Dry completely. Set out in moonlight to recharge and re-energise the crystal occasionally.
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