YOUR EASY TO FOLLOW GUA SHA GUIDE & FAQ
Gua Sha benefits;
-Releases stuck fascia and creates space for movement
-Boosts blood flow resulting in a free flow of nutrients to the face & body
-Reduces puffiness and bags around eyes
-Enhances skin elasticity by tightening and toning the skin
-Relieves tension and pain around the body
Here is a wonderful example of someone who followed our tutorials 4-5x a week. These were her results after two weeks. Amazing!
How To Use Your Gua Sha Tool
- Start with a clean face and your favourite facial oil. We recommend trying our 100% unrefined Rose Hip Oil which is full of vitamins and nutrients.
- Keep the stone flat to your face at a 45-degree angle. Start with a light flow on the décolleté, front of the neck and behind the neck. View video to learn how to properly stimulate lymph nodes for best practice.
- Glide predominantly outward towards the edges of your face. Up and out is key! 5-10 passes on each area is best.
- Once you have reached the forehead, drain to above the collarbone. (See video)
- Now that you have stimulated the lymphatic system, use a harder pressure as needed. This can be used at the shoulders, masseter, temples, anywhere that has tension.
- Remove access facial oil with a cotton pad or leave on for a dewy skin look. Majority of the oil will be absorbed through the massage, leaving you with glowy supple skin for the day.
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More FAQ questions about Gua Sha…
How many times a day or week should I Gua Sha?
We recommend trying to implement this 3x minimum per week for best results. At the end of the day, if you are able to sit down once a week to complete a routine that is amazing too. This is your ritual and with time and practice you will be able to feel out where it fits best in your day. Some love to start their morning with a meditative gua sha routine. Others like to wind down at the end of the day with gua sha to de-stress. This may also change for you depending on the week or day.
Gua sha routines can take as little as 5-7 minute and as long as 45 min+. Each session will vary depending on what your face & body needs. Our best advice is, start with a few days and ease into it. See where it can fit into your life, even if its 5 minutes one morning. Starting with a realistic frequency will help gua sha become a true habit in your week.
Can I Gua Sha with breakouts?
You can Gua Sha with breakouts but avoid pressure on these inflamed areas. If you are battling with acne and your face is too inflamed, please avoid. Gua Sha can spread bacteria if there are open pustules and lead to worse breakouts. Ensure it does not hurt to press on previous breakout areas by applying light pressure with your fingers first. If you have post-inflammatory pigment from breakouts, gua sha can do wonders to help heal the skin.
**If you do have active acne, please reach out to us for some at home massage movements! Lymphatic drainage is very important when battling with acne.
Do I need facial oil and will it make me break out?
Facial oil is used to give a proper slip during your massage. This will avoid tugging on the skin which can cause pre-mature aging to the face. Facial oil that is skin mimicking is a wonderful addition to your skincare routine. Oils like Rosehip or Squalane are lightweight oils that are great for your skin barrier. These facial oils wont clog your pores. But instead, leave your skin nourished and plump all day long. Who doesn't lovely healthy dewy skin?
**If you are breakout-prone or sensitive, we recommend trying the Squalane first. This moisturizing oil will feel like a glass of water for the face. Except. its oil. For all other skin types, try our brightening Rosehip oil that is packed with vitamins and antioxidant properties.
How do I clean my Gua Sha tool?
Cleaning your gua sha tool is easy but necessary. Use your facial cleanser or hot soapy water to remove oil from stone. Spray stone with 70% alcohol and allow to air dry before/ after each use to ensure bacteria has been killed.
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What is the difference between Gua Sha and Jade Rollers?
Although both will help stimulate blood flow and promote lymphatic drainage, Gua Sha is more effective for lymphatic drainage and deeper massage. Jade rollers main purpose is product application, gentle massage around the eye area, and soothing sensitive skin. Jade rollers don't absorb products like our hands do, making this a lovely add in your routine to save product consumption.
What is the difference between each stone?
We recommend picking what stone you gravitate towards most! All stones give a similar physical feel, since they are all smooth to the touch. Jade tends to be a cooler stone while obsidian is naturally warmer. Further, here are some spiritual beliefs tied into the different stones;
Rose Quartz- self worth, universal love, inner healing & peace, alleviate grief (Leo, Libra, Taurus)
Green Jade- nurturing, luck, purity, love, prosperity (Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius)
Black Obsidian- shield from negative energies, grounding, power, motivation, transformation (Scorpio, Capricorn, Virgo, Sagittarius)
White Jade- harmony, peace, clarity, calmness, eliminate distraction, optimism, luck (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Libra)
Opalite- self confidence, wealth, increased energy, mood stability, increase talents (Aquarius, Libra, Cancer, Aries)
Green Aventurine- healer, optimism, manifestation, opportunities, boost creativity, luck (Leo, Taurus, Virgo)
Blue Spot Jasper- focus, courage, presence, inner strength, fulfillment, grounding (Aries, Scorpio, Aquarius)