Gua Sha Facial

October 31, 2021

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What do gua sha facials do? 

The Gua Sha facial utilizes the benefits of facial massage via a small boomerang shaped jade stone or rose quartz.

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Facial massage has its benefits if done correctly.  The science behind the benefits of facial massage hinges on understanding that the face is home to dozens of muscles in addition to blood vessels and lymphatics.  Recognizing that tension can be held in these muscles and excess fluid can build up in the skin, massage can help stimulate circulation to assist the drainage of this fluid and decrease tension in the muscles.  The outcome if performed correctly is to help tone and tighten the appearance of the facial anatomy.  

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There is not necessarily one type of device that falls under the category of facial massagers.  In evaluating devices, there are manual devices that rely on pressure, temperature and technique and there are electric devices that utilize high frequency vibratory movement and/or microcurrent to work.  

What I refer to as ‘mechanical' facial massagers include Jade Rollers, Ice Rollers, and Gua Sha Facial tools. These are simple to use tools that focus on the coolness of the stone or device to help ‘de-puff’ the skin through vasoconstriction. Manual applied pressure and movement of the stone or device helps assist the circulation by focusing on directing drainage of excess fluid in the tissues towards the lymphatics. Understanding this, the key is start central face and work outwards towards the lymphatic vessels with the device.

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Do they really work?

There can be some noticeable benefits to performing facial massage.
De puffing the skin, smoothing, giving a more lifted appearance, making the skin appear less congested are all common benefits sought through this procedure.

Is it safe to do at home?

It is safe to perform a Gua Sha  facial at home however you really need to become well-versed in the lymphatic drainage of the face. Simply running the tool back-and-forth may actually not yield any results. Also understanding that applied pressure is needed but not pressure so deep as to risk bruising the skin. 

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