Updated: Aug 2, 2021
Known as the original form of at-home self-care beauty ritual, or a lymph-flushing skincare method for its surprising beauty benefits, the ancient Chinese technique Gua Sha has gone viral on social media! 🤩
Wonder why does it create a media stir?😏
Let’s see what is Gua Sha in TCM!🤔
According to Physician Chen from Yong Kang TCM Clinic, Gua sha is pronounced as “Gwa – “Sha”, a traditional healing technique that involves unidirectional scraping and scratching of the skin with a piece of smooth wood or jade. While the resulting redness that often appears after treatment can appear somewhat frightening, this treatment goes far beyond skin deep.
Image 1: Common Gua Sha tools
The concept of Gua Sha is closely related to the body's acupoints and meridians - the invisible energy pathways that run through the body to channel one's life energy in Traditional Chinese Medicine. If anything disrupts the smooth flow of that energy, it can form leading to an illness.🤕
Therefore, TCM Gua Sha is seen as a way to scrape or smooth out these clogged pathways and get Qi flowing again. It performs to treat systemic toxicity, poor circulation, physical and emotional stress, tense muscles, and migraines. It promotes the flow of energy and blood throughout the body for overall health.💪
Do you know that TCM Gua Sha can slim your face as well?
A slimmer face is now achievable without undergoing cosmetic surgery. Guasha can remove 10mm off your face by massaging it.😮 Facial massage using Gua Sha technique can further help remove excess bloating, toning up and firming any sagging skin around your neck that can contribute to a rounder face.
Although this is a temporary solution, we will still recommend you to include this in your regular skincare regimen. TCM Gua Sha massage can increase blood circulation and remove toxins that prevent wrinkles and aging which is overall better for your skin!
Beautiful skin makes you feel healthy!
How often should you do it?
Recommended routine for a TCM Facial Gua Sha:
👉2-3 times a week or every three days. Physician Chen also emphasizes, “The skin on our face is very delicate so we don’t recommend performing this treatment every day. Remember not to overdo it and give your skin a break every now and then.”
Know when you should avoid TCM Gua Sha!❌
Avoid practicing TCM Gua Sha if you are pregnant, along with cancer or diabetics patients. This is because certain acupressure points on the face and on the body can trigger contraction. To be safe, it would be also wise to avoid TCM Gua Sha for those who struggle with active acne breakouts, broken skin, bleeding disorders, or take anticoagulant medicine.
💡Techniques to practice TCM Facial Gua Sha at home
Apply facial oil or serum on your face.
Start on the chin and angle the Gua Sha tool at around 45 degrees and go to the ears.
Also, along the eyebrow to the temples, and the last part is above the eyebrow to the hairline.
Simply follow this procedure and repeat every movement around 5 to 10 times.
Image 2: Techniques to practice TCM Facial Gua Sha at home
For beginners who are fearful of trying TCM Facial Gua Sha for the first time, you could also visit our Yong Kang TCM Clinic at Vivo City #02-172! Physician Chen will be there to serve you with her professional TCM technique and show you the immediately noticeable results!
Last but not least, a big thanks to The Singapore Women’s Weekly for featuring Yong Kang TCM Clinic under their new series: Ask New Expert!
If you're concerned about beauty, health, and wellness, you must read the article below to see more on what Physician Chen Ying Chu shared about Facial Gua Sha.