By Kristina Stojanoski
Gua sha is something that I've slowly added into my skincare rituals overtime. It's that extra step that makes my skincare routine feel elevated and helps me feel more relaxed. Gua sha is an ancient Chinese healing technique that can offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain. It is the method of scraping a massage tool against skin in certain patterns to drain the lymphatic system. Practitioners claim that gua sha can also benefit the immune system and reduce inflammation. In East Asia, this method of facial/body massaging is believed to move stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that is believed to be responsible for inflammation. This facial chart by Osea can help if you're not sure which way you should be massaging your face. The most important thing about this method is the way you push the massage tool. It's best to start at your neck and move upwards on your face. Osea also has a very nice jade gua sha tool that I would definitely recommend if you're a beginner or even more advanced when it comes to facial massaging.
After I perform the gua sha method on my face I can almost instantly notice puffiness go down. This puffiness in your face can be caused from lack of sleep, dehydration, increase in sodium (eating too many salty snacks), and various other reasons. Here is a great in depth video that can teach you the best way to do a gua sha facial.
Similar to gua sha, facial rolling can help with inflammation. If my face is looking a bit puffy when I wake up in the morning and I don't have lots of time, I like to use a rose quartz roller to depuff. This is a good way to quickly calm inflammation on your face instead of doing the whole gua sha method. Sometimes I even prefer using a facial roller because it can help push serums and creams deep into your pores.
Not only are these methods beneficial to decrease puffiness in the face but they can also help boost your immune system. It helps disperse toxins through increased circulation. As the blood is reabsorbed by the body it promotes an enzyme (HO-1) which is both anti-inflammatory and immune boosting. Gua sha offers a unique stimulation of the immune system through fascia and connective tissue.
Before doing both gua sha and facial rolling I like to apply some sort or serum or oil so that the tool can glide on my face a lot easier. Which is why it's important to make sure that the facial tools you're using are properly cleansed. To ensure my facial massaging tools are clean, I like to get a damp towel or a makeup wipe to clean them off. If you don't feel like splurging on a facial massaging tool, you could also simply use your hands. There are tons of different methods of facial massaging that you can benefit from greatly, it all boils down to which you think would best benefit you as an individual and what you're looking at targeting. I hope you guys found some of these words helpful and that they help you decide which would best benefit you!