What Is Gua Sha?

I am excited to share with you my latest skincare discovery which may be old news to you by now, its called GUA SHA.  Have you heard of it? I saw a few rumblings on this topic over on Instagram (follow me here) and started reading up on the practice.

I was so intrigued that I bought the tools and now I am attempting to do it every other day. I find it kind of relaxing and enjoy the routine.

So what is Gua Sha?

“Gua means “to scrape” in the Chinese language while Sha means “a reddish skin rash”. In Gua Sha, painful spots in the body are identified via acupressure or acupuncture points. Then, special Gua Sha instruments are used to scrape the skin in strokes.”

GUA SHA is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice and uses a blunt, flat tool to scrape at the skin bringing blood flow to the area and aiding in lymphatic drainage. You don’t actually scrape violently at the top layer of skin, use a sweeping, gentle pressure. Years ago, animal horns were used but don’t worry about tracking down a yak horn for your at home Gua Sha, you can use a tool made from rose quartz, (what I use) gemstones or jade.

Gua Sha aids in evening out skintone, encourages cell renewal, reduces wrinkles, helps with sagging skin, and the reason I started doing this practice, for the eye area. Toxins are released and cleared out, resulting in a more radiant complexion.


I like to use oil, applying it by using a patting motion so it sinks into the skin. My favorite is Josh Rosebrook’s Herbal Infusion Oil but since I just ran out, I am now using a Rosehip Seed Oil. You don’t have to use anything fancy or expensive, you just want something to help the tool glide over your skin.


I love the image above, I found it on Pinterest and it breaks down the technique simply.

If you prefer to watch a video, take a look at the one below which is from Treatment by Lanshin. She has great tips and its a fantastic “how to” video.



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