Facial Gua Sha is a much more gentle version of the healing technique that is typically used on the body in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The way I use this technique on the face is extremely light in comparison. This technique works to release blockages in the skin and restore healthy circulation and vitality — resulting in skin that is clear, lifted, sculpted, soft and glowing overall!
I was curious about the technique when first I saw it offered as a class for professionals. I started incorporating it into my facials and was blown away by the results. I remember announcing that I wanted to give up on traditional facials, and ONLY do Gua Sha treatments from that point on. My sessions now incorporate a blend of techniques as well as herbal products, but have definitely evolved away from what one typically expects from a facial treatment.
A lot of massage, often including pressure point work and other manual techniques from Ayurveda as well as Lymph drainage work. Deep cleansing, masking, and botanical oils. More often than not I skip extraction.
Sure! Divide your face into horizontal segments including: forehead, upper cheek, lower cheek and jaw. I recommend you pick one side to do first, and do the whole series before doing side two.
1. Starting at the forehead, do 3 strokes, working from the center line out to the sides.
2. Repeat 3 strokes from center line outward on the upper cheeks, then lower cheek/jaw area.
3. Next, do 3 strokes DOWN the neck, from right below the earlobe to the collarbone. This helps to detoxify the skin.
4. Repeat on side 2 starting again at the forehead.
This should only take about 5 minutes, but with attention and intention, can elevate your night routine, calm your nervous system, and help your skin be at its personal best.
Something all natural that works with your individual skin! If you don’t know where to start, try Organic jojoba from the health food store.
There are so many! You can expect clearer, brighter skin due to increased circulation, toning of the facial muscles, deeper penetration of products used, calming the nerves and reconnecting with your physical body and giving it some love!
When I started practicing this a few years ago, no one really knew about it. I think it’s catching on because it works! Also, as conscious women, we’re seeking real, sustainable, holistic solutions for our beauty care as we become more mindful in all areas of our lives.
I love taking baths, and drinking a calming sleepy time tea like chamomile. I also love a balancing elixir, like Moondeli’s Calming Adaptogen Blend with Ashwaghanda and Ginger to help my body and adrenals adapt to the fast pace of my life!
It truly is a holistic process! We glow from our radiant heart energy, and our inner vibrance, but we also want to nourish our cells on every level, with hydration, nutrient dense foods, and sleep to be our most radiant. Every aspect affects our glow, whether it’s a toxic relationship, work environment or diet. If you are in harmony within your body, your heart, and life, even if it is hectic as hell, you will glow.
Never strip it! No harsh soaps, peels, or retinols! I also don’t believe in putting toxins on the skin, because we absorb them into our system. But mamas usually already know that!
I believe optimizing circulation and boosting skin functioning to be much more skillful not to mention safer than numbing it and shutting it down.
If there was a glaring issue that was very deeply affecting my self esteem, and all other options hadn’t had the desired results, then maybe! But I would be sure to check in with myself, my relationship to myself, and the energy I was approaching it from. I am even more wary of cosmetic procedures than I already would be for so many reasons because I’ve see my mother go through the horrific aftermath of a minor cosmetic procedure gone very very wrong.
The wildest facial treatment I’ve gotten is an acupuncture facelift, where I had my face turned into an acu-pincushion! There must have been 50 needles in my face! It was very overwhelming at first, even as someone who loves acupuncture, but I felt high as a kite and looked so plump and refreshed after!