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Understanding Gua Sha: Benefits and Side Effects

An old Chinese technique that values self-care rituals to the fullest is making a significant comeback in everyone’s lives- Gua Sha. 

You are not alone if the idea of jade or rose quartz rubbing against skin leaves you in awe; Gua Sha is a gemstone—not for show but for skincare. 

In traditional Chinese culture, Gua Sha treats minor aches, but why has it recently become a popular facial trend and is now a part of many people’s skincare routines? What’s all the fuss about if it’s just some tool made of precious stones? Read below to find out everything about it!

Everything You Need to Know About Gua Sha:

Gua sha is a traditional Chinese stress and pain relief practice involving scraping and applying pressure to the skin using a small tool. With its pressure and scraping, individuals witness little bruises, called sha, which show up as red or purple patches on the skin.

A Gua Sha expert uses either short or lengthy strokes to scrape the skin with the small Gua massage tool, increasing blood flow within the tissues. First, the expert massages some oil into your skin and then uses the Gua massaging tool to scrape your skin downwards several times.

Chinese typically apply Gua Sha on the back, neck, arms, legs, and buttocks of the individual. However, Gua Sha is nowadays seen as a facial treatment, and people use a gentle version of it on the face. Starting as a gentle facial treatment, you can increase the pressure intensity depending on how much you can tolerate.

Benefits of Gua Sha:

Gua Sha comes with endless benefits, some of which are mentioned below.

Eases Inflammation:

Chinese have been using Gua Sha to ease inflammation in the body. It is believed that Gua Sha, when applied with light pressure on the back, legs, arms, neck, or buttocks, reduces inflammation in the body and gets rid of chronic pain. Since Gua Sha reduces inflammation, people often believe it reduces symptoms of Hepatitis B as well.

Relieves Headaches:

You should try Gua Sha if over-the-counter pain relievers aren’t helping your chronic migraine attacks. Although more research is needed, some suggest that Gua Sha improves chronic headaches if repeated on an everyday basis. 

Reduces Neck Pain:

The Gua Sha technique may also be used to relieve persistent neck pain. Since the Chinese have been applying Gua Sha to their necks, believing it reduces neck pain, people now witness relieved neck pain with this treatment, too. 

Lessens Joint Pain:

In most cases, Gua Sha is applied topically to sore muscles and joints in order to relieve pain and stiffness. The gentle massage promotes blood circulation, making people feel relaxed and alleviating pain symptoms.

Promotes Clear Complexion:

Skin experts believe that applying Gua Sha to the face causes the body to produce collagen, anti-aging molecules, and elastin, all of which are beneficial to the skin. So what happens next? You get a more radiant face with fewer fine lines and wrinkles.

Gives Sculpted Appearance:

Since everyone uses Gua Sha on the jawline, there must be something behind it that genuinely makes a difference. It is thought that gently scraping the skin with the Gua massaging tool leads to lymphatic drainage, giving the face a more sculpted look. The results? You see them immediately!

Side Effects of Gua Sha:

Causes Skin Bruises:

Using Gua Sha as a natural healing therapy is safe since it involves no potential hazards. The process shouldn’t hurt anyone, but yes, it might alter your skin’s appearance. If you use the Gua massage tool a little too harshly to rub or scrape the skin, a clot may form in the capillaries just under the surface, which may burst inside the skin and cause bruising or slight bleeding on the outside. It is nothing to be concerned about since this is common, and the bruise will disappear in a few days. 

Not Meant for People With Health Issues:

We do not recommend Gua Sha for people who have had recent surgery, are on blood thinning medicines, have very sensitive skin, or have clotting issues in the body.

May Spread Infections:

Another drawback that comes with Gua Sha is the chance of infections spreading if the tool is not cleaned after use.

Gua Sha Tricks:

To get the best results from a Gua Sha, follow the tricks mentioned below. 

  • Step 1: Clean your skin with a cleanser and dry it with a soft cloth.
  • Step 2: Apply facial oil to the areas where you wish to apply Gua Sha. These areas can be your full face, neck, cheeks, forehead, or chin. 
  • Step 3: Perform Gua Sha by holding the Gua massage tool at 45 degrees. For the jawline, glide the massage tools upwards from the chin towards the ears. 

For the forehead, start gliding the tool from between the forehead towards the temples. 

For the cheeks, start from the nose towards the upper side of your ears. 

For the neck, start gliding the tool from the bottom up. 

  • Step 4: Clean your face with a damp cloth or massage your hands on your face to absorb the residual oil inside the skin. 

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When individuals need relief, Gua Sha can do wonders. This alternative treatment works well when pharmaceutical drugs and traditional remedies fail. However, Gua Sha should only be considered if done by a professional. A trained and experienced practitioner offers a safe and effective Gua Sha, even though the procedure has slight complications. 

If you are ready to take your Gua Sha experience to the next level, we suggest booking Trubliss only. At Trubliss, we put your comfort above everything else. With our expert practitioners and soothing atmosphere, we ensure you have a one-of-a-kind rejuvenation experience. Call us now to learn more about our services.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Does Gua Sha make your jawline?

Gua Sha helps the lymphatic system work more efficiently, improving circulation, reducing puffiness, and making the skin appear radiant. The best areas to use your Gua Sha are the jawline, forehead, and cheeks, the common places where stress is held. 

  1. After how long do you see results from Gua Sha?

Gua Sha promises results immediately! For optimal benefits, massage your face with Gua Sha at least three or four times per week, if not daily. However, you should anticipate and observe positive outcomes sooner rather than later, regardless of how often you do it over the week. If done correctly, you will notice the benefits right away!

  1. Can Gua Sha tighten your face’s skin?

While Gua Sha won’t give you a jawline or tighten your skin permanently, it will help with a variety of stress-related disorders, including headaches and puffiness on the skin. 

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