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How To: Gua Sha

Updated: Apr 1

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Why Gua Sha is the best kept secret for lymphatic drainage and a contoured complexion

Facial gua sha is one of the most effective ways to lift, sculpt, and contour your face with immediate results. When practiced 3-4 times a week and done correctly, Gua Sha promotes better circulation by flushing toxins out of your system through lymphatic drainage, healthier skin tissue, and alleviates muscle tension.


It also reduces puffiness, lessens the appearance of lines, and improves your skin's texture and elasticity, leading to a more youthful appearance. With results like this, you will have a toned complexion with a natural glow.

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The Importance of Oil for Gua Sha

Preparing your skin for gua sha is essential. Be sure that you cleanse your skin and apply an oil to help your tool easily glide over your skin. Using an oil will help the tool glide over the contours of your face and prevent unnecessary harshness that can cause premature wrinkles.


Make sure that your oil is non-comedogenic and rich in nutrients to help promote healthy circulation. Starlight's Argan Glow is made from 100% deodorized Argania Spinosa oil. Rich in vitamin e and rates 0 on the comedogenic scale, it is safe for all skin types - including acne-prone skin - and won't cause congestion.

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Kaye's Expert Tips to get the most out of Gua Sha

Start with the neck

Opening up the entire neck with your gua sha tool is essential before moving to your facial area. Remember, the tension we hold in our neck gets reflected in our face, so be sure to take your time and be very gentle as there are a lot of lymph nodes in this area. Use the gua sha in a downward motion toward your feet to push toxins away, towards the armpit where the closest drainage site is.


Use gentle pressure

 Be gentle and let the gua sha tool do the work. Hold the tool flat and connected to your skin with light-to-medium pressure. This will ensure you do not cause premature wrinkles or damage your skin.


Avoid problem areas 

Avoid working on problem areas, such as breakouts, open wounds, raised scars, or any irritations.


Neurotoxins and gua sha don't mix

If you recently had Botox or Dysport, wait two-three weeks before doing gua sha in that area to avoid migration.


Hydration is key

Drink plenty of alkaline water before, during, and after gua sha. Drinking water will help flush toxins that were moved by the gua sha while ensuring your skin has the hydration it needs to have a bouncy glow.


Want the Ultimate Gua Sha and Lymphatic Drainage Experience?

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