Prepare Your Skin:
Start with clean and moisturised skin. You can apply a facial oil, serum, or moisturiser to create a smooth surface for the gua sha tool to glide over. This also helps prevent excessive friction.
Hold the Gua Sha Tool:
1. Hold the gua sha tool in a comfortable and secure grip. You can use the curved edge or flat edge, depending on the area you are treating.
Begin with Light Pressure:
2. Start with gentle pressure to avoid bruising or skin irritation. The goal is to create a slight "scraping" sensation without causing discomfort.
Choose an Area:
3. Decide which area of your face or body you want to target. Common areas for facial gua sha include the cheeks, jawline, forehead, and neck. For body gua sha, areas like the back, shoulders, and legs are popular.
Scrape in One Direction:
4. Using the gua sha tool, scrape the skin in one direction, typically in upward or outward strokes. Maintain a 15 to 45-degree angle between the tool and your skin.
5. Perform 3-5 strokes in each area before moving to the next. You can repeat these strokes several times if desired.
Focus on Problem Areas:
6. Spend extra time on areas where you have muscle tension or specific concerns, like fine lines or puffiness.
Be Gentle Around Delicate Areas:
Be very gentle when using gua sha around delicate areas like the eyes. Use the tool with extra care to avoid causing any damage.