How To Get the Most Out of Your Gua Sha

How To Get the Most Out of Your Gua Sha

Sep 23, 2022Sarah O'Flaherty

With the launch of our new product, the SaGrah Anti-Aging Milk Oil Cleanser with Jojoba Milk and Gua Sha Duo, we thought it would be a great time to break down exactly what a Gua Sha is, where it came from and how to use it so you can love this product as much as we do!

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha might be a new term for you, but the fact is that Gua Sha is one of the oldest skincare secrets out there. Gua Sha is actually an ancient technique invented over 700 years ago in China involving a stone tool shaped specifically to fit the contours of your face and body. The phrase itself translates into “scraping”, which hints at the scraping motions associated with Gua Sha. Gua Sha is essentially carried out, in the same way, today, just much gentler and less abrasive to your skin!

What are the benefits of Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a great way to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, decrease inflammation and puffiness in your face, eliminate tension and even alleviate sinus pressure. If you use your Gua Sha frequently enough, you may even start to see more definition in areas like your jawline, fuller lips, and less puffiness under your eyes. Gua Sha has also been known to help relieve migraines and tension headaches.


How do I use a Gua Sha?

1: Double Cleanse your face

 Gua Sha works best on clean skin, so make sure to double cleanse your face before using the Gua Sha to get the best results!

 2: Use oil with your Gua Sha

Using the SaGrah Beauty Anti-Aging Milk Oil Cleanser with your Gua Sha ensures that you will not do too much damage to your face with your Gua Sha by creating a layer of moisture to help your Gua Sha tool glide easier over your skin with less friction.

 3: Use your Gua Sha

The key to effective Gua Sha use is gentle pressure. You want to apply enough pressure to stimulate circulation under the skin, but not too hard or you’ll bruise and we don’t want that! As a general rule, you always want to be moving your Gua Sha tool in an upwards motion, no matter where on your face you are using it. Here is a step-by-step guide to where and how to use your Gua Sha:

             Neck: Using the rounded edge of your tool, start at your shoulder and sweep the Gua Sha along your shoulder and up your neck, ending under your ear near your jaw. Repeat this 3-5 times on either side. 

            Jawline: Use the rounded edge of your tool starting on your chin. Place two fingers on your chin to divide your face into two equal halves and work on one half of your face at a time. Slide the Gua Sha upwards along your jawline. Repeat this 3-5 times on both sides of your face.

            Cheeks: Take the flat edge of your Gua Sha tool and line the edge of the tool up with where the side of your nose meets your cheek. Using slow upward motions, sweep your Gua sha up and out, ending up near your temple.

            Eyebrows / Brow bone: Just as you did with your jawline, place two fingers on your forehead in between your eyebrows to section your forehead into two parts. Use the rounded edge of your Gua Sha and follow the arch of your eyebrows

            Forehead: Using the flat edge of your Gua Sha, slowly work your way up your forehead to your hairline, starting at the tip of your eyebrow and moving the Gua Sha across your forehead as you go.

            Undereyes: Take the thin end of your Gua Sha and place it under the innermost corner of your left eye. Slowly glide the tool up and out, finishing the movement at your temple. Repeat the process on your right eye, completing the movement 3-5 times on each side.

            Lips: Using your index finger, pull the left side of your mouth tight and glide the flat end of your Gua Sha across your lips from left to right 3-5 times. Repeat the process by pulling the right side of your mouth and moving from right to left.

 We’re so excited you’ve started your Gua Sha journey, and we cannot wait to see your results so tag us on social media!

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