I am sure you've seen this wonder tool scattered around the internet and social media the last few years, right? Now let me tell you why this tool has gained so much popularity.
The historical records on the Gua sha date back to the Paleolithic Age. When people fell ill or entered a coma, hands or stones, as well as household materials such as coins or tins, were used to massage/scrape parts of their body to help reduce the side effects and symptoms of their illnesses. Crazy right? Makes total sense though, don't you think?
A gua sha has also been an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years and is an ancient practice for energy flow and blood circulation;
‘gua’ means to scrape, and ‘sha’ means sand.
The term means the act of scraping the skin to remove an energy blockage using a stone such as jade or rose quartz. While scraping the skin may not sound particularly relaxing, gua sha is a gentle process that works as a natural face lift, to reduce pain and get rid of toxins.
1. Facilitates Lymphatic drainage
Lymph is the bodies natural detoxifying system. The lymphatic system is located directly under the skin and is a very delicate system. Light touch is all you need to stimulate and move lymphatic fluid. Toxic facial stagnation can cause acne, redness, puffiness and even loss of tone and texture, hello fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Boost immune system
Your lymphatic system is in charge of producing and releasing lymphocytes and other immune cells that monitor and destroy bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi, so it is a major component of your immune system.
3. Improves circulation and blood flow
Gua sha increases blood flow allowing more oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to the skin. The increased blood flow also helps to eliminate waste and reduce age inducing free radicals. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing illness and aging.
4. Reduces inflammation - think yoga for the face
Between the skin and the muscle is a thin layer called fascia. Facia covers nearly everything in the body. As we age and with any trauma to the skin, we begin to develop fascia restrictions. These restrictions then develop in the face as wrinkles. Gua sha tools are pros at diminishing fine lines and preventing deeper wrinkles.
5. Help reduce acne scarring
Gua sha is extremely effective in healing your acne scars and the redness associated with them. The tool can reduce the visibility of acne scars by generating fresh blood to your skin surface that helps in regenerating skin cells. Gua sha also helps to improve circulation and prevent skin congestion that reduces acne size.
'think yoga for the face'
How to use a Gua Sha
Gua sha is an ancient healing practice that can be used to treat a variety of conditions. It involves using a flat, round-edged tool to massage the skin. This tool is then rubbed over the area in a sweeping motion. Gua Sha helps to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, which can help to reduce inflammation and pain.
Clean and Hydrate
The touch and pressure should be very gentle, and you should always sweep the gua sha across your face in specific motions. The lighter the touch, the more you are supporting the lymph fluid, while with more pressure you will be lifting, toning and sculpting the facial muscles.
Move from the neck upwards
Always start at the neck area for optimal lymphatic drainage and move upwards. The gua sha should be held at a 15-degree angle (almost flat against your beautiful skin). Then gently glide along the skin using sweeping, upward strokes. Each motion should be repeated five times.
Place the Rose Quartz Gua Sha in the fridge - the coolness will further aid in lymphatic drainage, calming inflamed delicate skin. It is the ultimate hack to reduce puffiness in the morning, especially under the eyes (and after a big night or sleepless night with the children zzz)
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