What is a Gua Sha Facial?

Gua Sha Facial Technique

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Gua Sha is a natural ancient Chinese therapy that involves scraping your skin with a tool to improve circulation and aid the lymphatic system to expel toxins. The Gua Sha tool can be used on the face or body; I’m reviewing the facial massage tool, as I’ve found it a simple and beneficial way to give myself a DIY home facial.

Gua Sha Tools

A Gus Sha is a flat tool made of pure jade stone. Jade has been used for centuries as a healing stone, and it’s also know as the stone of “eternal youth” which makes it the perfect choice for this facial.

In Feng Shui jade is used to bring prosperity and abundance into your life, and is the ultimate good luck charm. I’m hoping by giving myself this facial regularly, I’m attracting all those things into my life – I will let you know!

Benefits of a Gua Sha Facial

  • Increases blood flow and circulation which in turn leads to a healthier, glowing complexion
  • Reduces puffiness
  • Helps to tighten skin
  • Increases collagen production
  • Plumper, smoother skin
  • Smoothes and softens wrinkles
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Meditative benefits (especially as you go over 3rd eye area)
  • Relaxing facial muscles can help with migraines, headaches, neck and jaw ache too
  • Addresses stagnant energy, also known as chi which can cause pain and inflammation 
  • Aids drainage of toxins


How to do a Gua Sha Facial

  • Mist face with water or your favourite tonic water
  • Apply oil – I use Hayo’u and I find it the perfect consistency (not too greasy or too dry)
  • Use a good quality jade or rose quartz Gua Sha tool
  • Using the flat side of the tool at a very slight angle, scrape the different areas of your face and neck in the directions below about  5 – 8 times (Using the edge of the stone can be too much pressure and cause broken veins and capillaries so always use the flat sides)
  • Use lighter pressure especially around the eye area
  • Hold the stone under the eye to reduce any puffiness

Gua Sha Facial pattern


I’ve listed the Contraindications of when a Gua Sha tool might not be suitable for you below ;

  • Botox
  • Facial Surgery
  • History of Blood Clots
  • Severe Bruising e.g. black eye

My Results

I have to say I am really impressed with the Gua Sha facial massage and I really look forward to my sessions, I find them very relaxing, and it gives me some time for myself whilst benefiting my skin at the same time. I do Gua Sha facials in the evenings, as it does cause some redness and flushing in my skin. However the next morning I notice my skin definitely looks more radiant and glowing. The biggest difference I have seen is in my lips, rubbing the stone over my lips has without a doubt made them plumper – who needs collagen!

If you have tried a Gua Sha tool or are going to try one now – let me know how you get on – I’d love to hear!

Thank you to Marion for recommending this to me, I always love to hear your recommendations.

Hope you have all had a great weekend!

Natalie x




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