How To Use Gua Sha For Youthful, Glowing Skin
Over the past few years, an ancient Chinese face massage technique known as Gua Sha has become a savior for women trying to get firmer, sculpted faces without invasive treatments.
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Origin Of Gua Sha Massage
The Gua Sha massage involves scraping your skin with a flat, blunt tool to boost circulation and relieve pain. This practice of scraping the skin is an ancient Chinese medicine dating back all the way to the Ming Dynasty.
It is practiced as an alternative treatment in East Asian countries for relieving chronic pains. Practitioners also believe that Gua Sha helps balance chi, i.e prana or the vital energy force that flows through living beings.
Skincare Benefits of Using Gua Sha
Giving yourself a gua sha facial has antiageing, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying benefits. It also helps your skincare products especially facial oils to penetrate deeper into the skin.
So incorporating Gua Sha in your skincare regimen is an easy, non-invasive way to get a firmer, sculpted and healthy-looking face.
Here some of the key benefits of using Gua Sha in your skincare regime.
1. Reduces Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Gua sha helps reduce signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles by improving skin elasticity. It stimulates collagen production and tones your face muscles to give your natural face-lift. When done regularly, it will help define your jawline and cheekbones for a more sculpted look.
2. Improves Lymphatic Drainage
A sluggish lymphatic drainage system can lead to a buildup of toxins and fluids causing breakouts and swelling. The scraping action of gua sha helps drain these fluids from your lymph nodes thereby detoxifying your body. If your undereye area often gets puffy and swollen, practicing a gua sha massage around bedtime will help reduce the puffiness.
3. Boosts Blood Circulation
The stimulating effect on gua sha results in naturally flushed and radiant skin. It improves blood flow which helps deliver oxygen and other vital nutrients required by your skin for healthy functioning and cell renewal process.
4. Improves Your Wellbeing
Unlike other skin treatments, gua sha is not just about the superficial results. The massage relieves muscle tension and has a calming effect on your mind. So at the end of the ritual, you will feel much more relaxed and less stressed out. This will help prevent stress-related breakouts, inflammation and even help you sleep better at night.
How to Use Gua Sha For Healthy Skin
You can practice Gua Sha massage 2-3 times a week in your evening skincare routine. Remember, you won’t see the results overnight so you need to practice it regularly to witness its amazing benefits of a Gua Sha Massage
Step 1: Prep Your Skin
Start with clean skin and follow up with the usual skincare routine i.e toning and moisturizing. Before you proceed with the massage, you need to make sure your skin is well-lubricated to help the tool glide easily on your skin.
So apply a facial oil all over your face and neck. Our Age-Defying Glow Serum is a great choice if dullness and aging skin are your key concerns.
Step 2: Massage Your Skin
Keep the stone flat against your skin and use gentle, upward strokes starting from the base of your throat towards your chin. Then gradually move upwards and use strokes that start from the center of your face and going into your hairline.
You will notice some redness and flushing which is natural. Keep in mind to avoid areas with active acne. And make sure you massage only in an upward or outward direction and not the back and forth for proper drainage.
Make Gua Sha a part of your holistic skincare routine for healthy, youthful and radiant skin.
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