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The New Go-To: Gua Sha Stone Massage for Your Face

To better understand what a gua sha is and what it can do for you, follow this all-inclusive guide to learn all the need-to-know information about this new skincare trend.

If you’ve yet to learn what a gua sha stone massage can do for your facial skincare routine, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the latest go-to tool. To better understand what a gua sha is and what it can do for you, follow this all-inclusive guide to learn all the need-to-know information about this new skincare trend.

First, a gua sha stone massage involves a trained professional using a smooth tool after applying oil to the desired area and gently scraping against the skin. This tool is called a gua sha, which originated from a Chinese word that translates to "scraping." Although in many circles gua sha treatments seem to be just taking flight, this is not the case. The tool actually holds a long history in wellness practices dating back to East Asian Paleolithic age techniques. Its origins of “scraping” or “sanding” translate directly to what the tool has been known to accomplish during its long history as a skincare practice: using friction against the skin to clear internal heat and stagnation that helps to avoid a multitude of undesirable effects.

This stone massage is known to alleviate pain, tension and improve circulation in the treated areas. More than just a skincare best practice, gua shas could more accurately be considered an overall wellness enhancer.

Benefits of Gua Sha Stone Massages

The new hype surrounding the gua sha stone and its benefits is likely something you’ve seen on TikTok, as beauty influencers showcase the tool, the massage, and its benefits.

If you wonder whether it’s just another beauty trend that will go out of style as quickly as it became so popular, you might want to consider its long list of health benefits. They go far and beyond the general skin care regimen.

In addition to gua sha’s benefits for circulation, chronic pain, and tension, these stone massages are known to alleviate symptoms of Hepatitis B, migraine headaches, Tourette’s, perimenopausal syndrome, and more. Additionally, gua sha stones can assist with pain endured due to overuse of computers, like back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain. In even more substantial health benefits, gua sha stones and massages have also improved flexibility for committed users.

Back to the skincare benefits of a gua sha stone massage, it’s certainly not lacking here. Aside from improved circulation, this technique can reduce unwanted fine lines and wrinkles and encourage lymphatic drainage. A common misconception regarding gua shas is that it can directly create a more prominent jawline. Although that’s not something it can do, the stone’s ability to promote fluid drainage can create an illusion of a more pronounced jaw profile.

Adding a Gua Sha Stone to Your Routine

Whether you prefer to stick to your at-home skincare regimen or are looking to get a gua sha stone massage from a trained professional, adding this technique to your daily practice has never been easier.

Gua shas are available for purchase for at-home use, and it is not a complicated process to conduct on yourself. Do a bit of research on how to use the tool properly and the steps to encourage best results, and you should begin to see uplifting results in no time.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a licensed professional to get you started with facials that include gua sha stone massages, look no further than our fan-favorite Skin Spa Custom Facial.

Ultimately, gua sha stones are worth their current hype, and we encourage anyone seeking not only skincare benefits but wellness enhancements alike to test out this new go-to skincare trend.

Meet the author

Katie Werbowski
Director of Brand Strategy & Development at Skin Spa New York

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