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It’s the massage technique loved by Beyonce’s makeup artist, but what actually is Gua Sha? And can I recreate it at home?

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese massage technique that is created by ‘scraping’ the skin with a soft-edged jade, crystal or bone.

Traditionally, Gua Sha was used in Chinese Medicine to soothe inflammation all over the body, helping with everything from treating a fever to headaches.

Gua Sha can be done on both the face and the body. For the skin, the ritual of one minute of Gua Sha a day is said to plump, tone and reinvigorate the skin.

Why is Gua Sha good for the skin? 

It plumps and tones the skin by boosting circulation at the surface and drawing out stagnation in your problem areas, kickstarting the metabolic cell and healing process.

Ultimately, the goal of the treatment is to enhance blood flow to the skin, an area otherwise untouched or ‘exercised’.

Gua Sha has also been shown to improve Lymphatic Drainage, the process of draining toxins from the body.

Regular use of Gua Sha has been proven to plump and tone the skin, leaving it radiant, glowing and younger-looking.

Best Devices for Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a massage method that can easily be recreated at home, one of the most popular brands specialising in the massage is Hayo’u.

The brand have created a number of beauty tools designed for carrying our Gua Sha in targeted areas of the body.


Our product expert says…

Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves manual massage to improve your circulation. I love that it's easy to do and it relaxes your mind as well as your skin - giving you that after-spa zen feeling without the pricetag.

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