Gua sha is a millennia-old therapy based on Chinese medicine, currently trending as one of the most effective natural beauty treatments in the beauty industry. Facial gua sha is a combination of traditional gua sha, connective tissue manipulation and lymphatic drainage massage. It makes the skin look sculpted, vibrant and bright, and works miracles as an instant relief for puffiness. It differs from traditional Chinese gua sha, as it merges different techniques. In other words, a facial gua sha has been developed specifically as a beauty treatment and it’s important to understand that these are two distinct treatments.
Skincare products target the surface of the skin, whereas the impacts of facial gua sha go way deeper –where genuine, long-term results take place. Facial gua sha is an effective product-free skincare method, which as part of a regular skincare regime is likely to reduce the amount of used products.
In gua sha, strokes are applied to the skin with a flat tool, usually made of jade, bian stone or bone. The treatment releases muscle and fascia tension and stimulates the circulation and metabolism efficiently. Gua sha leaves you feeling energized and alert and makes your energy flow freely.
A facial gua sha treats the whole body at the same time, as the impacts are transported via the fascia network. Facial gua sha is a holistic self-care method at its finest.
Facial gua sha creates an instant glow and strong vitality boost in a matter of minutes. As part of a regular self-care routine, facial gua sha gives your face a significantly more radiant, lifted and toned appearance. You don’t have to be a trained beauty therapist to enjoy the results of facial gua sha. With Yin Your Skin®, you can learn the methods quickly and get to see visible results in your own home spa.
Facial gua sha is an effective treatment for aging skin that has long-term results, making it an excellent alternative to fillers and Botox. Instead of preventing signs of aging, the aim of facial gua sha is to make you a more vibrant and healthier version of yourself.
The Yin Your Skin® online course includes four facial gua sha basic techniques: Firming, Brightening and Lifting Treatment (20 min.), Treatment for Reducing Puffiness and Removing Metabolic Waste (10 min.), Instant Beauty Fix and Glow (3 min.) and Quick Anti-Stress Treatment for the Body (3 min.). The online course includes written materials and videos to teach you the basics in facial gua sha for home care. You will learn how different emotions are reflected on the face and what various skin issues and signs are trying to tell you. You will have access to detailed illustrations on facial and head meridians and acupoints and facial and neck lymph nodes.
“I’ve suffered from impurities since 2012 and acne since 2017 for which I was prescribed topical medication that just made symptoms worse. I’ve tried countless different natural products and adjusted my diet in an attempt to improve things. The products have always helped for a moment before my skin has returned to its usual state. Taking part in the three-week Yin Your Skin® gua sha challenge visibly improved my skin. After three weeks, the change was incredible, something I’ve never seen before. Any bigger spots have healed completely, and my skin has calmed down noticeably”
“Before starting to do gua sha, my right eyelid was droopy due to a sudden attack of illness years ago. I noticed changes in my skin and eyelid already a couple of days after starting the treatment. My eyelid isn’t as droopy anymore and my skin is more radiant. Gua sha is now part of my daily skincare regime.”
“Holistic wellbeing is important to me – when I feel well in my body, I want it to be visible also on the outside. In just under a year, I’ve achieved skin that’s in good shape all year round thanks to the 7 skin method and Katja’s guidance. That’s why I was eager to rise to the challenge in giving gua sha a go. During the 3-week challenge, getting to know one’s face in a new way and noticing changes I can achieve myself by using the gua sha tool on a daily basis has felt amazing. Every day, someone asks what I’ve done to my skin or what makeup I use. I’m a professional speaker, and the benefits of the treatment haven’t only been cosmetic, but it’s also released tension in the jaw. I warmly recommend the calming, relaxing moments of self-compassion – it has become a lovely daily ritual!”
How often can I do facial gua sha?
For facial gua sha, I recommend a good kickstart at the beginning to really get to see results and learn the technique properly. You could start with a daily treatment for a course of 3–4 weeks. Observe your skin during that time: a long, thorough treatment is not necessary every day, and some days you may benefit from focusing on selected areas of the skin, such as tension in the jaw or removing puffiness. Leave sore areas or painful lymph points untreated. If the treatment makes them sore, it is a sign of too much pressure or the treatment simply being too much for the time being and you need to take a break. After a 3-week kickstart, maintain the results with 2–3 sessions a week. A facial gua sha is a bit like hitting the gym: going now and again brings a feelgood factor and instant results that do not last – you need regularity and maintenance for long-term results.
When will I see results?
After each treatment, you should notice a decrease in puffiness, brighter skin and clearer eyes. Eyes usually appear larger and the entire face has a healthy glow. Expect a little longer, about 3–4 weeks of regular treatment, to notice firmer skin, less wrinkles, smoother pores and a decrease in impurities. The results will continue to improve in the long run and need to be maintained with 1–3 sessions a week.
How long will results last?
The results of a single, thorough treatment can sometimes still be noticed a couple days later. With long-term, regular gua sha, results will be more long-lasting and you will easily notice results disappearing if you have taken a break.
I’ve noticed impurities after doing gua sha – am I doing something wrong?
In the beginning, impurities can surface along with improved metabolism of the skin. Skin has a secretion function, meaning that metabolic waste can become removed through the skin. In this case, carry on with regular treatments working around blemishes and treating underneath them instead. Impurities can begin to swap places – they commonly move downwards. They will gradually disappear.
Instead of pimples as such, I have clogged pores. Can I do gua sha on top of them?
You can, but pay attention to the skin. Mechanical abrasion can sometimes cause irritation to clogged pores, so go over them gently holding the tool at a slight angle and you could apply less strokes. Treat the skin below the area and focus on improving lymph flow with gentle downward and outward strokes and a wavy pumping action. It is especially important to treat the front and back of the neck and chin.
Do I need to use oil for the treatment?
Always use a lubricant – the treatment cannot be done without oil.
Which tool is the best to start with and how do I know which tool works for me?
The Yin Your Skin® wavy LAHJA facial tool or LOVI comb work well for beginners, but you could just as well go for a JALO facial tool designed for advanced techniques. Also pay attention to your skin type: the NIVA spoon works well for sensitive skin, acne, rosacea, atopic skin and perioral dermatitis. A spoon is also the go-to tool for puffiness. The KUULAS jade roller is not suitable for sensitive or problem skin.
How do I know if my skin is too thin or sensitive for gua sha?
If your skin is sensitive to the touch, prone to redness or irritation or you have couperose skin, do the treatment to remove puffiness and metabolic waste with the NIVA spoon. Instead of mechanical abrasion, the technique involves extra-gentle strokes and lymphatic pumping with the side of the spoon. Thin skin is sort of transparent and parchment-like, which easily breaks and becomes irritated. Facial gua sha may strengthen the skin, but begin very gently, regulating and paying attention to your skin.
How well should the gua sha tool glide on the skin?
The gua sha tool should glide easily on the skin, but not so much that it becomes hard to control and results are no longer targeted at the intended layer of connective tissue. If you use too much oil, you will have to exert more pressure to control the tool and the focus will bypass the intended connective tissue layer. If on the other hand you use too little oil, friction forms on the skin, which causes irritation. It is important to find the middle road through regular practice.
Can I do a gua sha in the sauna?
Facial gua sha should not be done in the sauna, as the treatment strongly stimulates the skin. Also a sauna invigorates the circulation and metabolism, so the stimulating effect can be too strong if the treatment is done in the heat, and I do not recommend it.
How often should I switch up the routine?
The basic treatment is always the same, but it needs to be adapted to the condition and needs of the skin. When you have maintained regular treatments for longer, you become increasingly aware of your own skin and begin to notice what it needs, such as when to focus on removing puffiness or on releasing tension in the masticatory muscles. The Yin Your Skin® Level 2 course includes detailed instructions e.g. for the skin around the mouth, masticatory muscles, skin around the eyes and sagging skin. The detailed instructions can be used to complement the basic treatment as needed.