Gua Sha - application and effect of the TCM beauty trend

Irritation therapy for the skin
The new beauty trend comes from China. Gua sha translates to "wipe away redness" and has long been part of the skin care practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Stones are used to massage the skin. This stimulates the lymph flow and frees the skin of toxins. According to TCM, depending on which stone is used, it should have different effects on the skin. The two most common stones used in Gua Sha are jade and rose quartz. Jade is said to help reduce swelling in the skin and is particularly suitable for use on blemished skin due to its anti-inflammatory effect. Rose quartz, on the other hand, is said to have a calming effect in TCM. Whether you believe these esoteric things or not - the massage with the stone definitely has positive effects.


The right application
For Gua Sha you first need a suitable stone and facial oil. You can get both in well-stocked specialist shops. Step 1 is cleaning. Not only should the skin be cleaned of make-up and dirt before use, you must also thoroughly clean the stone before each use to prevent bacteria from being massaged into the skin. Next, apply the oil to your face and neck. Then you grab the stone and start the massage. The best way to do this is to hold the stone flat and at a slight angle and then stroke from the inside out (i.e. from the nose to the cheek) and from the bottom up (i.e. from the brows to the hairline). We recommend starting at the jawline, then massaging the cheeks and finally the forehead. It is important to wash the stone off afterwards.

How often should I do this? – Ideally 2x a day. In the morning you give your skin the freshness it needs to start the day and in the evening a massage à la Gua Sha provides relaxation. Regularity is definitely the key to success here.

Do I have to pay attention to something? – Use is not recommended for dry skin. It is better to moisturize the skin first and only then put the Gua Sha in the 

Record beauty plan. Caution is always required when using it, especially the area around the eyes is sensitive. Always stroke gently here instead of working with pressure. Those who suffer from acne should avoid Gua Sha massages, as the stone can be painful on impurities and inflammation.

A true miracle cure
Massage, relaxation and freshness kick are great, but what is the point of the effort? TCM recommends Gua Sha for migraines and attributes the massage to an anti-aging and detox effect. There are countless reports on this on the internet, but studies have so far not been able to confirm either a rejuvenating effect or a relief from headaches or a remedy for blemishes. An application is still recommended, because Gua Sha has a lot of positive effects:

  • Rosy complexion

The massage stimulates blood circulation and reduces swelling. The result is a healthier, rosier complexion.

  • Shining eyes

Since the lymph flow is stimulated by Gua Sha, bags under the eyes become smaller and the eyes appear awake.  

  • Deep care

Those who work in their care products with the stone ensure that they are well absorbed by the skin. They can move in better and unfold their effect.

  • stress reduction

The stresses of everyday life often show up on the face, but who wants frown lines? Gua Sha has an anti-stress effect because the massage relieves tension and ensures that the facial muscles are relaxed.

If you are not yet convinced, you can try the Gua Sha massage. Many beauty salons now offer this service. Simply book a treatment and get an idea. If you are convinced, nothing stands in the way of an application at home.  

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