now reading:

Gua Sha: What is it and how do you do it?

share post:

back to top 

What is gua sha? Learn how you can get the benefits of a luxe facial massage, from home. #guasha #guashatechnique #facialmassage #TheDimpleLife

Beauty

Gua Sha: What is it and how do you do it?

December 26, 2019

by: Kaitlin Wichmann

Gua Sha, also known as spooning, coining or skin scraping, has increasingly been mentioned by my friends over the past year. Based on their feedback and my never-ending pursuit of glowing skin, I decided to delve in and learn more. In this article, I want to break down exactly what it is, what the benefits are, and how to go about performing a Gua Sha facial at home, so you can consider adding it into your self-care routine at home

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a traditional East Asian healing technique that involves using tools to scrape and rub the skin. The action causes slight bruising which can appear as purple or red spots, known as Sha, which results in a lack of inflammation.

What does Gua Sha treat?

Gua Sha was traditionally used to treat conditions involving blood stasis, localized pain, and inflammation. My friends have been raving about facial Gua Sha treatments they have been receiving. They profess the benefits include reduction of inflammation and puffiness in their faces.

What does medical research say?

A 2007 study cites, ‘The effect of Gua Sha treatment on the microcirculation of surface tissue’ posted in the peer-reviewed journal, ‘Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing’, looked at the effect of Gua Sha treatment on the microcirculation of surface tissue. The study concluded that Gua Sha treatment led to a fourfold increase in microcirculation for 7.5 minutes following treatment and a significant increase in surface microcirculation during the entire 25 minutes of the study period following treatment. This study had a small sample size (11) and the journal itself has its critics. However, the results do go some way to support anecdotal stories of Gua Sha improving blood flow and reducing swelling in targeted areas.

How is Gua Sha practiced?

Traditionally, Gua Sha is applied by a licensed therapist. The therapist will lubricate a targeted area of skin before using tools to scrape and rub until slight bruising occurs. As it has made its way into the western beauty routine, more people are buying the tools to complete their own treatments at home. Gua Sha facials require a softer touch and, as a result, you should not be causing any bruising. Most at-home treatments focus on reducing swelling and improving the blood circulation of the blood vessels in the face.

What tools will I need?

Traditional Gua Sha tools are made up of a range of items, including; chinaware, silver coins, bamboo plates, bain stones, jade, and buffalo horn. You can still make use of any rounded object, like a coin, but specialist jade or bain stone products are recommended. These are designed for Gua Sha, are relatively inexpensive, and the recommended modern tools to purchase. As well as a selection of bain or jade scraping tools you will also need to purchase some massage oil or lubricant. Make sure to purchase one specially made to be applied to the face if that is your targeted treatment.

How do I perform a simple Gua Sha facial?

What is gua sha? Learn how you can get the benefits of a luxe facial massage, from home. #guasha #guashatechnique #facialmassage #TheDimpleLife

Image Credit: Vitruvi

I have laid out a simple 20-step Gua Sha facial that you could add to your beauty routine.

  1. Wash your hands, face and facial tool
  2. Warm-up your facial tool by rubbing it between your palms
  3. Apply facial oil 
  4. Start from the upper center of your forehead and gently stroke the tool left in an arcing motion following your hairline across your forehead
  5. Move down half an inch from the upper center of your forehead and repeat the same motion
  6. Continue down your forehead repeating this stroke with your final stroke being slightly above your eye
  7. Now start from the upper middle of your forehead and then repeat steps 4 to 6 again but working towards the right edge of your forehead
  8. On both sides make two strokes from the outside corners of your eyes towards the tops of your ears
  9. Make two strokes down both sides of your nose starting from the bridge
  10. Make one stroke from the bridge of your nose straight up until you reach your hairline
  11. Starting from just below the inside of your left eye follow the curve of your eye socket ending when you reach your hairline level with the top of your ear
  12. Move down half an inch and repeat the same motion
  13. Continue down your cheek with your final stroke starting from the outside of your left nostril with the stroke finishing close to your ear lobe
  14. Now repeat steps 11 to 13 starting from below the inside of your right eye working towards the top of your right ear
  15. Start from the center between your nose and lips, gently stroke towards the bottom of your left ear
  16. Repeat this motion moving right
  17. Start from the center of your chin, stroke left following your jawline to the bottom of your left ear
  18. Repeat this motion moving right. 
  19. Start from the left side of your neck by your collarbone and stroke straight up until you reach your jawline. Moving half an inch right each time continue this stroke until you reach the far right side of your neck. 
  20. Wash your face with cold water and enjoy the post-facial bliss! 

Hopefully, I have broken down the basics of Gua Sha and will have you thinking about giving the at-home facial a go yourself. As with (nearly) everything beauty-related it is my recommendation to try it out yourself and see how the results come out for you.

What is gua sha? Learn how you can get the benefits of a luxe facial massage, from home. #guasha #guashatechnique #facialmassage #TheDimpleLife

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I'm looking for support with:

explore the blog

More on the Blog

I'm looking for support with:

self growth

career + finance

food

movement

home

beauty

relationships

do good

How to give back and do good for society. Image of canned goods and donated goods.

Life can be complicated but some things just aren’t. If someone is in need, you help. With so many organizations, causes, and those that need assistance – how do you navigate which causes to be a part of or give back to? Here are some tips on how to identify where and how you can start […]

5 simple sustainable living habits for beginners that you can implement today.
It is hard to know where to begin with volunteer work. Here are a few resources that can help you find the cause that is right for you. #Volunteerism #Volunteer #SocialImpact #NonProfitOrganization
Some life lessons to know about relationships as you become an adult.

If you are an adult dealing with relationships then you already know how hard they can be. However, you will also know how rewarding they are. You potentially get to spend the rest of your life with the one person you love. Getting married, having children, and buying your own place are some of the […]

It can be daunting to make friends as an adult with limited outlets the older you get. But that doesn't mean it's not possible. It takes getting out of your comfort zone and knowing where to look but know that it is possible with the following tips. #Friendships #Relationship #MentalWellness #MentalWellbeing #TheDimpleLife

It can be really daunting to make friends as an adult. As you grow into adulthood, it seems like there’s more opportunity to create relationships with your classmates in school, with your coworkers at work, and through various social settings. As you fully step into adulthood and enter different phases of your life though those […]

Why teaching 'family first' doesn't work all the time. #FamilyRelationships #HealthyRelationships #Boundaries #TheDimpleLife

Ever since I was in elementary school, I can remember a school project where I presented that the most important motto to me is “Family First”. This thinking was engrained into my upbringing from a very early age. On surface level, it’s quite beautiful. Family truly will always mean so much to me. However, at […]

How to moisturize and revitalize dry, winter skin. Here is an image of a young Asian woman applying moisturizer cream to her face.

In the cold winter months coming, your skin takes a major hit in how youthful and moisturized it looks and feels. Your skin, which is the largest organ of your body, needs consistent care throughout all the seasons of the year. Of course if you have access to steam treatments, that is one way to […]

This post is about our top 7 day spas in Vancouver.

From traditional Thai wellness to luxurious treatments inspired by the Far East, Vancouver offers a diverse array of spa experiences that cater to every relaxation seeker. In our face-paced lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of a day which can lead you to neglecting the one person who truly deserves a […]

Luxurious and voluminous hair is possible in colder months!

Winter is just around the corner and the cold months ahead mean chunky sweaters, snowfall, and quality time spent wrapped up in a blanket by the fireplace with your loved ones. However, as you revel in the winter activities and embrace the cozy change in weather, your hair might not share the same enthusiasm. The […]

Home moving tips that will relieve you from stress during a transitionary time.

When you move you are leaving behind memories as well as allowing yourself to move forward and make new memories. There is a lot to organize and plan to make sure it’s done without a hitch, therefore, it pays off to be organized and have a plan. If you are moving soon, you will want […]

This post is about a Holiday Gift Guide for the Tech Nerds.

The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the tech enthusiast in your life, look no further! In this comprehensive holiday gift guide, we’ve curated a selection of cutting-edge gadgets and accessories that will delight even the most discerning tech nerds. From innovative smart devices to gaming […]

Learn simple tips on how to host a successful holiday dinner party.

The holiday season is synonymous with warmth, laughter, and, of course, delicious meals shared with loved ones. Hosting a holiday dinner party can be a joyous experience, offering you the opportunity to create lasting memories and share your love for food and company. However, orchestrating such an event can be overwhelming without proper planning and […]

Every day tips on how to strengthen your core muscles for better health.

We all know, working out is a must to staying healthy but when people think about “working out” they think about more intensive, hour-long exercise classes. It’s time to dismantle some of our beliefs around exercise though. You don’t have to go to a workout class, you don’t have to dedicate a certain amount of […]

This post is about releasing your stress at these yoga studios in Vancouver.

Yoga, with its profound emphasis on mental and physical well-being, serves as a sanctuary for many. Fortunately, Vancouver boasts a myriad of yoga studios that not only provide a tranquil escape from the chaos but also offer unique amenities and specialized practices tailored to cater to various needs. Let’s explore some of the best yoga […]

This post is about 7 products you need for a stress free travel.

Traveling can be an exhilarating and transformative experience for fun, adventure, and opportunities to grow. It allows us to explore new places, cultures, and cuisines. However, amidst the excitement, the journey itself can sometimes become overwhelming, especially if you’re not adequately prepared. The best thing we have realized through travel is if you have a […]

Kitchen tips for cooking beginners

Not everyone is a natural in the kitchen. Some people have their skills in other areas, but just because you don’t naturally have an affinity for cooking doesn’t mean you can’t learn – and ultimately be great in the kitchen! Like with most other things you try, the beginning can be tough but the most […]

This post is about healthy food spots in Vancouver.

Vancouver boasts a plethora of dining options that cater to those with a passion for nutritious meals. Let’s explore five standout healthy spots in Vancouver where you can savor fresh, locally sourced ingredients and nourish your body. Read on to discover a few of Vancouver’s healthy food spots to hit up! The Chopped Leaf Our […]

This post is about our favorite cafes in Vancouver to get work done at.

Vancouver boasts a vibrant cafe culture, offering a plethora of options for those seeking a productive environment to work or conduct business meetings. While the city is filled with cafes, finding the perfect balance between a peaceful atmosphere and good tasting espresso can be a challenge. With mid-term exams fast approaching and business meetings always […]

Tips on how to manage your time with the pomodoro technique

In a time when “hustle culture” is glamorized and work ethic is praised above all else, taking breaks to increase productivity can seem counter-intuitive. Pacing out your day to create dedicated moments of work and rest can greatly enhance your work experience. It also enhances motivation, creativity, and strategic thinking. The Pomodoro Technique allows you […]

Overhead shot of female entrepreneur working on her computer.

If you have the desire in becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business journey, there are so many steps or reminders you need to keep things running smoothly, especially in the beginning stages. There will always be so much to do and if you are used to being a specialist in one area of […]

This is for a guide on tech accessories that free up your time. The picture is of a person holding a coffee mug at a computer.

With a world as fast-paced as ours, one of the best ways to maximize your time is by using technology so you can focus on the things that matter most. Virtual outsourcing through tech accessories and apps can help you get your work done faster so you can prioritize your relationships with loved ones and […]

This is for a guide on how to disconnect and recharge in December. The image is a person holding a coffee mug with a cozy blanket.

A woman holding up flowers to the sky. Learn how to get into touch with yourself

Sometimes when our energy is so outwardly expended, it can be very easy to quickly lose touch with ourselves. Especially when it comes to the holiday seasons, it’s important to find time to take a “time out” and look inward into where we can find slow moments to grow. When we take a moment to […]

This post is about Vancouver's top 5 activities and destinations to de-stress.

Amidst the face-paced culture we live in, finding effective ways to unwind and destress isn’t just a luxury but a necessity. Let’s dive into Vancouver’s top 5 activities and destinations that not only provide a break from the daily grind but also play a pivotal role in promoting mental and physical well-being. Sabai Thai Spa […]

© 2023 3R Media. All Rights Reserved  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms & Conditions

Site by Sunday Stories

© 2023 3R Media. All rights reserved.
Read our Privacy Policy & Terms & ConDitions