Facial gua sha (pronounced “gwah-shah”) is the process of massaging or scraping the face using a smooth, half-moon-shaped tool carved out of stones such as jade or rose quartz. Although the first computed records of gua sha date back as far as 700 years during the Ming Dynasty era in China, historical records date back as far as the Paleolithic Age, when people would use stones, coins, tins, or their hands to scrape or massage parts of the body believed to be plagued by illness.
Benefits of Facial Gua Sha
Today, facial gua sha is said to benefit the face in a number of ways, including improved lymphatic drainage, decreased tension, sharper cheekbones, depuffed eyes, and a reduction in facial lines. Proponents of facial gua sha also state the practice activates acupressure points along the 12 major meridian lines of the face— which you can read more about in this Huffpost article.
So, Is It Worth the Hype?
So, is facial gua sha worth the hype? Because facial gua sha promotes blood flow to the face and decreases tension in facial muscles and fascia, it stands to reason that this massage technique is certainly a nice adjunct to your exhisting skincare routine. However, proof of facial gua sha as an effective treatment for stimulating collagen production and strengthening elastin in the skin is considerably lacking.
The takeaway? Facial gua sha massage is a great add-on to your self-care routine— not a replacement for proven aesthetic treatments. Improve the way you look and feel and love the skin you’re in with scientifically-backed skincare treatments from professionals. Get started with any of the rejuvenating, anti-aging facials performed right here at Westchester’s Best SkinCenter!