Want to know more about the real secret of asian skincare for flawless, depuffed skin? From the anti aging benefits to more visible cheekbones – here’s all about gua sha facial massage techniques.
Being a huge fan of korean skincare I was bound to try out some of the tools for facial massage as well. I first came across jade face rollers on instagram. Later I also discovered ancient chinese gua sha technique. After trying it out for a couple of weeks I’ve started noticing really visible results. Today I’m introducing these techniques to you.
Gua Sha (刮痧) or kerokan is part of the traditional Chinese medicine. A special tool is used to scrape the people’s skin in order to release unhealthily body matter. Traditionally it’s used all over the body. It promotes tissue drainage and muscle relaxation by stroking the special Gua Sha instrument upwards. It also stimulates new oxygenated blood flow to the areas, thus promoting metabolic cell repair, regeneration, healing and recovery.
The incredible results of the Gua Sha technique for face are less puffiness and reduced premature ageing. This is achieved by moving the lymphatic fluids, relaxing the muscles and increased blood circulation.
First, you will need the Gua Sha tool. Normally it’s a teardrop shaped jade stone, but there are other variations, depending on which area you would like to target more. I use the one from Zoë Ayla. It’s made of jade and it has the perfect, traditional shape.
I like to finish my skincare routine with this facial massage. My last step is normally a moisturizer and The Ordinary’s Pycnogenol which is a great base for a facial massage. If you have dry skin you can also use some sort of facial oil. It’s really important that your skin is well lubricated for this massage, otherwise you might end up doing more harm that good.
I focus mainly on my cheek and chin area to depuff it and make my cheekbones pop more. I start at my neck with upwards motions and end at my forehead. For best results, do this everyday. Here is a helpful guide on how to correctly do it:
This is yet another technique for lymphatic drainage and muscle relaxation. It basically does the same thing as Gua Sha, just that I find that technique to be more effective because it goes in deeper.
Face rollers are normally made from jade as well, or some other sort of a crystal. They come in different shapes and sizes, I have the one from Zoë Ayla. It has two different roller sizes, one for all over the face and one for the under eye area. It’s made from a white opal crystal and it has a gorgeous blue-ish turquoise tint.
I like to use it either as a last step in my skincare routine (same as a gua sha tool) or over a sheet mask to increase its effects. The key is to never roll downwards and only roll in one way, never up and down. Start at the neck area and work your way up to your chin. You can do this everyday for best results, but every once in a while work as well.
I’ve noticed the best results when I was doing these technique everyday. My face was less puffy, my facial muscles felt more relaxed and my skin got much softer as well.
This is not something that you should be doing, it’s more of an addition to your already put together skincare routine to improve it’s benefits. I would recommend this to all the skincare fanatics and to the people that are just starting to explore the world of skincare because the results will blow you away.