The ancient technique of Gua Sha has had more than 2.5 billion views on TikTok and there are no signs of the popular skincare trend slowing down.
In a market saturated with fad skincare tools and trends, the Gua Sha technique is one that continues to be hailed by experts across the globe.
Skincare guru, Farnaz Khan – creator of SXCGLO – told Her.ie why this is a technique is loved by many in the beauty industry before explaining the correct method of using it.
“Gua Sha offers a natural and effective way to achieve deeply hydrated and radiant skin, and beauty enthusiasts worldwide are embracing it as a go-to solution for their skincare routines,” she said
It involves using a smooth-edged tool, typically made from jade, rose quartz, or other materials, to gently massage the face and body.
The technique improves blood circulation, stimulates lymphatic drainage, and promotes overall skin health.
Farnaz Khan said: “We’ve witnessed an incredible surge in interest surrounding Gua Sha on TikTok.
“People are increasingly drawn to holistic and natural skincare methods, and Gua Sha fits perfectly into this trend.
“Its hydrating and rejuvenating effects are particularly appearing to those looking for effective solutions to enhance their skin’s health and appearance.”
Aside from hydration, Gua Sha’s benefits include:
- alleviating muscle tension
- reducing the appearance of puffiness
- aiding in the absorption of skincare products
- contributing to sculpting and toning the face
- offering a non-invasive alternative to traditional beauty procedures
Farnaz Khan has provided her top tips below for effective at-home Gua Sha and says people shout do this twice a week:
Step 1: Cleanse Your Tools and Skin – It’s essential to perform Gua Sha only on clean skin. Ensure that your hands and the Gua Sha tool are clean, and use the tool after applying toner and cleansing your skin.
Step 2: Apply Serum – Apply a generous amount of serum to your face and neck. The serum will facilitate smoother tool movement and protect the skin barrier from pigmentation caused by rubbing.
Step 3: Achieving Sculpted Skin with Gua Sha – Hold the tool at a 30 to 45-degree angle and gently glide it across your skin. As a rule, all movements should be upward and follow the lymphatic flow. Repeat each movement three to five times before moving on to the next area of your skin.
Jawline and Chin: Glide your tool upwards from the centre of the chin out to the earlobe to contour the jaw.
Forehead: Start at the centre of the forehead and divide it into three sections, then glide your tool outwards.
Cheek: Begin at the nose and move upwards in a sweeping motion along the cheeks and cheekbones, progressing outwards toward your ears.
Under Eye: Start at the inner corner of the eye and glide outwards towards the temple. Brows: Glide upwards along the brow bone, moving from the inside out.
Lips: Glide over your lips back and forth about five times for a plumping effect.
Neck: Skincare expert explains how to Gua Sha effectively for best results Divide your neck into four areas and scrape each section from the bottom up.