How to use your Gua sha tool

Gua sha, meaning to "scrape away illness", involves using tools such as bian stone, jade, or ox horn with lubricant liniment to scrape and rub parts of the patient's skin repeatedly in one direction. The aim is to "activate blood circulation to dissipate blood stasis".

Historical records on gua sha go back to the Paleolithic Age. When people fell sick or became unconscious, hands or stones were used to rub parts of their body to help alleviate the symptoms of disease.

Gua sha has long been a folk therapy widely used by the ancient Chinese. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the treatment was systematically written into major medical records.

Things To Remember:

  • Use a non-comedogenic oil such as Grape Seed Replenish to provide slip, so you don't cause trauma to the skin as it is being scraped by the Gua Sha tool.
  • Always use a clean Gua sha tool
  • Push fluid away for the face with an outward and upward motion
  • When using a Gua sha tool on the face, you don’t want to drag your tool across your face.
  • Don’t rub your gua sha tool back and forth, up and down, and in all different angles vigorously because that’s going to just stretch and aggravate the skin.
  • Keep your tool moving in a smooth, straight line; keep things going in one smooth direction and do it enough to get a little redness to form, but not so much that it hurts.”
  • To help with the slip, you can apply lotion or a serum before doing Gua sha on your face. This way, your tool will glide across the skin much easier.
  • It’s important you don’t want to press too hard into those because you can burst capillary beds and end up with bruises on your face.