PROCESS. Like jade rolling, Gua Sha strokes include applying pressure to skin and tissue to aid circulation within. But, the Gua sha stroke not only applies pressure, it also produces a light stretch of skin and tissue at the same time. Done correctly, this results in a more noticeable myofascial release. Gua Sha relaxes tissue tension and thus, invigorates circulation better than jade rolling. i like to FINISH a patient's Facial Rejuvenation with Jade or Rose Quartz rolling.
BENEFITS OF FACIAL GUA SHA
IMPROVES TOTAL CIRCULATION. Facial Gua Sha helps improve lymph circulation and drainage, but it also improves the quality of blood circulation and energy (“qi”) circulation. This is an important distinction.
PRODUCT PENETRATION. Gua Sha can be performed with your moisturizing routine …. you may use a hydrating mist or facial oil ….. it’s also a very effective way to help products penetrate more deeply.
RELEASE AND RELAX TENSION. Done correctly, Facial Gua Sha is a very effective tool for relaxing tension in the face and neck. Not only does it feel amazing, it softens tension from “poor face posture” (brought on by active facial muscles constantly forming a “worried” or “strained” face). We use Gua Sha to bring back a “relaxed” face, which in turn looks refreshed and more youthful.
SCULPT, CONTOUR, AND SHAPE. Facial Gua Sha uses a stroke that creates pressure and stretch at the same time, which makes it more effective than the jade roller for sculpting facial features like cheekbone and jawline. Gua Sha tools that are designed with shapes that fit around facial curves amplify this benefit even more.
FINE LINES, WRINKLES, AND TEXTURE. Theoretically, a jade roller can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but a Gua Sha tool designed with multiple shapes and edges can be used in so many more ways, and as a result, will be more effective. For instance, you can use a comb edge, or turn the tool on its narrow edge, and work with a quick and light stroke to smooth texture or lines. There are more options available when using a Gua Sha tool.
EASY TO CLEAN. The Gua Sha tool is a simple stone board, so it’s easy to clean with soap and hot water.
EFFORT. Learning Facial Gua Sha requires a little effort. Practicing proper technique is the key to getting the results you’re working for. There are many online tutorials.