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Gua Sha, is it actually effective?

One of the latest Tik Tok skin crazes is the Gua Sha facial massage technique. The technique claims to re-shape and define your jawline, whilst plumping the skin, creating a “younger” appearance. There is some skepticism surrounding the Gua Sha technique, however there is some research that proves it can be an effective part of your self care routine.

What is the Gua Sha technique?

The Gua Sha method involves scraping the skin with a Jade or wooden curved instrument. Short and long pressed strokes are used to stimulate circulation on the skin, increasing blood flow. Typically oil is used to massage into the skin, allowing for smooth strokes, the method can be done at home, or professionally in a salon.

Gua Sha has existed for thousands of years, originating in China. It was originally used to alleviate symptoms of various ailments, however, it has recently become popular in western society for its facial shaping benefits.

What are the steps of the Gua Sha method?

  1. Start in the middle of your forehead and work your way out toward the temples gently massaging towards your hairline.
  2. Gently press and hold the scraping tool under each eye, then over each eye, with the eyelid shut. Sweep the gua sha tool over the under eye area gently and out to the temple, all the way to the hairline.
  3. Angle the tool at 45 degrees in an upward lifting motion, working it from your smile line and over your entire cheek. Do about eight sweeps in each direction.
  4. Gently guide the tool from the middle of your chin along your jawline toward the ear. Move the tool behind the earlobe, and then down the neck to drain excess fluid into the lymph glands. Repeat three times on each side.


There have been studies that show positive results from this facial method. A study suggested that Gua Sha helped to improve immune functions as well as boosting the skin’s circulation, decreasing puffiness.

Gua Sha is a low cost technique that really provides no harm being included into your daily routine. Using a facial roller instead of a Gua Sha tool can be a more beginner-friendly method, which applies a more gentle pressure on the skin. You can also use your fingertips for this method, particularly gently massaging around the eye area in the morning to combat any puffiness.

We recommend watching tutorials online to learn proper technique, or booking a professional appointment with someone trained in the Lymphatic massage technique.

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