Are You Making These 5 Common Gua Sha Mistakes?

Mar 15, 2022


What was once a “new” beauty tool has now become extremely commonplace. All it takes is firing up Instagram, Youtube, or TikTok to see gua sha tutorials along with skincare routines galore. Who knew that the act of rubbing a stone on your face could provide relief from stress, improve your skin’s health, and boost your mood long-term? As we’ve covered back in 2019, gua sha is a modality and a type of medicine that’s accessible to just about anyone. This facial method is based on an ancient healing technique called Gua Sha, which was first referred to in a classical Chinese medicine text called Shang Han Lun dated back to 220 CE.

Originally a body treatment, gua sha has since been adapted to be used in facial therapies, with the scraping motion evolving to a much gentler gliding technique. With benefits ranging from reducing dark circles, helping produce collagen, softening fine lines and wrinkles, it’s no wonder there’s been a widespread adoption of this modality. And though it’s wonderful to see so many people use an ancient self-care ritual, there are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to this practice. Below we have rounded up the five most common mistakes that are being made when it comes to using a gua sha stone.

5 Common Gua Sha Mistakes To Stop Making Now:

1.Being Too Heavy Handed
Harder isn’t always better, especially when it comes to facial gua sha. To move the lymph effectively gentle pressure is ideal. Think of it as a pulling motion rather than pushing. If you press too hard or are too rough, you risk bruising, the kind you see in gua sha bodywork, which isn’t ideal for your face.

2. Not Using The Appropriate Facial Oil
It’s paramount to always apply a facial oil prior to using your stone. Not only does the oil help lubricate the stone, but the skin as well- allowing it to effortlessly glide along the epidermis. Using a serum or moisturizer that contains a combination of oils and other ingredients can cause pilling, potential redness, and interfere with the calming effects of this ritual. While there are many different oils you can use, a lot of them will be dependent on your budget, your skin concerns, and so on. However, one thing you should never use is body oil.

Oils that are used on the body, like coconut, are comedogenic and not meant for the face. I love using jojoba oil as it’s the closest thing to the skin’s natural sebum. Sebum is what the body naturally produces to keep our skin supple while keeping bacteria out. Another great option is sea buckthorn oil and rosehip seed oil. Sea buckthorn oil has an extremely high amount of vitamins A, C, E, and B and contains folic and ferulic acid. Rosehip oil also contains vitamin C, A, and essential fatty acids.

3. Moving Too Fast
It’s common to see seasoned beauty veterans moving quickly on facial technique tutorials, especially gua sha. However, the basic movements of gua sha are most effective when it’s done a bit slower than what may feel comfortable, especially if you’re new to this modality. Slowing down gives you a chance to practice your technique, pressure, and allows you a chance to connect to your breath.

4. Holding The Tool Incorrectly
A rather common mistake is holding the gua sha stone incorrectly. Co-founder of Wilding Beauty, Britta Plug always shares the most insightful gua sha tutorials. She notes that for a basic gua sha stroke, you want to hold the stone so it creates an acute angle with the surface of the skin, somewhere between a 15-45 degree angle. Doing this enables you to maximize the contact between the tool and your skin and is also the most efficient for moving the lymph. Refrain from holding the stone at a 90-degree angle unless you’re using a specific technique that requires it.

5. Skipping The Neck
When it comes to facial massage, it’s crucial to understand the importance the neck plays. It’s essentially a superhighway to the face. It’s home to our lymph nodes along with extensive veins and arteries, which carry blood and lymph to and from the head. Close to the neck are our thyroid and thymus glands, both of which help regulate hormones. When the neck is routinely pulled out of alignment, the muscles start to take a new shape. As a result, the skin will behave differently due to the underlying tension, and will ultimately affect the flow of the lymph and blood to the face. By focusing on the neck, you will not only be able to improve the appearance of the area itself, but will increase benefits in the face such as brightness, tone, and clarity.

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かつては「新しい」美容ツールであったものが、今では非常に一般的になっていることはしばしばあります。必要なのは、Instagram、YouTube、またはTikTokを起動して、豊富なスキンケアルーティンとともにグアシャ(カッサ)チュートリアルを表示することです。顔にストーンをこすりつけることでストレスを解消し、肌の健康を改善し、長期的に気分を高めることができると誰が知っていましたか? 2019年に取り上げたように、グアシャはモダリティであり、ほぼ誰でも利用できます。このフェイシャルメソッドは、西暦220年にさかのぼるシャンハンルンと呼ばれる古典的な漢方薬のテキストで最初に言及されたグアシャと呼ばれる古代の癒しのテクニックに基づいています。







かなり一般的なよくある間違いは、グアシャストーンの誤った持ち方です。 WildingBeautyの共同創設者であるBrittaPlugは、最も洞察力に満ちたグアシャチュートリアルを共有しています。彼女は、基本的なグアシャストロークの場合、ストーンを手にし、皮膚の表面と15〜45度の鋭角をつくりだす必要があると述べています。これを行うと、ツールと皮膚の間の接触を最大化することができ、リンパを動かすのにも最も効率的です。特定の技術を使用している場合を除き、ストーンを90度の角度で保持することは控えてください。