Traditionally used in Chinese Medicine as a technique for muscle pain and relieving tension, Gua Sha has since been one of the hottest skincare tools and been well-loved in many countries now. But what exactly is Gua Sha? Does it really work and does it even do anything to our skin?
Gua Sha (pronounced as gwah-shah) is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The simple gesture of using a Gua Sha has seen beneficial effects due to its simultaneous actions on the skin, in the connective tissue, lymphatic system, muscles, blood vessels and the internal organs (studies here).
Using a Gua Sha helps with relaxing the muscles, gets the energy and blood moving and shifts any puffiness.
In clinical research, studies show by up to 400% it boosts circulation in the first 7.5 minutes of a Gua Sha session. Boosting circulation helps with getting rid of toxins and bringing in oxygen and nutrients.
After a Gua Sha session, your skin may look a little flushed and leaving your skin more supply, glowing and healthy-looking.
Contouring, Sculpting & Lifting
While Gua Sha helps with decreasing puffiness and water retention, it has the sculpting effect on our facial muscles.
Other than its facial benefits, Gua Sha can help with hair growth, helps with cellulite, headache relief and can even double as a meditation stone!
Although, if you are suffering from acne breakouts, it is often not recommended to perform any facial massaging over broken skin or any cystic acne.
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