Meet the Gua Sha facial tool, the elegantly shaped jade and rose quartz crystals that are known as the “natural facelift.”
If you have any social media you’ve seen this fancy tool on your feed at least a few times.
“Gua Sha is an ancient traditional Chinese medicine treatment, where the skin is scraped to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petachiae [bruising],” explained Dr. Lamees Hamdan, dermatologist and founder & CEO of Shiffa, an ancient beauty line, to Elle in a 2018 report. “To scrape the skin, tools are used, and the type and shape of the tool depends on the areas being treated but traditionally buffalo horn, a piece of jade, or even a coin was used as Gua Sha tool,” she says.
According to a 2018 Elle report, “The facial gua sha is a tool used in a massage technique that, much like the jade roller, promises to make your skin look brighter and healthier. It promotes blood circulation and natural drainage of the lymph nodes. “It contours and refines the face, releases muscular tension (which tends to give you a pinched, aged, angry look), helps circulation and lifts the skin,” explains Hamdan. Fans of the product also find jaw pain relief, brighter skin, and the ability to alleviate headaches.”
The basic technique involves scraping, usually in an upward motion, explains Hamdan to Elle. “For the face, the scraping is a long stroke, going upwards and outwards,” she says.
“Start by placing the flat side of the tool at the base of your neck and stroke upward at a 45-degree angle to the face. You can also place the flat side of the tool on your shoulder or chin and stroke upward to where your jaw and ear meet. Repeat the steps across your complete face continually in an upward motion,” according to a 2018 Elle report.
Dr. Hamdan also recommends you oil your face before use.
The brand Skin Gym makes incredible beauty tools like the Gua Sha.