Facial Gua Sha: Enhancing Circulation for a Youthful Glow

Posted by Emily van Oosterom on

In the ever-evolving world of skincare, it's easy to get caught up in the latest trends and products. However, sometimes the most effective techniques for achieving radiant skin are rooted in ancient traditions. One such practice is facial gua sha, an age-old Chinese ritual that improves circulation and lymphatic drainage to promote a youthful glow. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of facial gua sha and provide step-by-step instructions to help you get started with your practice.

The Benefits of Facial Gua Sha:

  1. Improved Circulation: Facial gua sha involves gently massaging the skin with a flat, smooth tool, traditionally made of jade or rose quartz. This gentle pressure increases blood flow to the face, delivering oxygen and essential nutrients to the skin cells. Improved circulation can result in a brighter, more vibrant complexion.  (We prefer an obsidian glass gua sha, as it lacks the micro-fissures of quartz or jade, making it easier to clean and more hygenic.)

  2. Lymphatic Drainage: Our lymphatic system plays a crucial role in removing waste and toxins from the body. Gua sha promotes lymphatic drainage, helping to reduce puffiness and inflammation in the face. This can be particularly beneficial for those dealing with under-eye bags or a puffy appearance.

  3. Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Facial gua sha is a soothing practice that promotes relaxation. The gentle strokes and cool sensation of the tool can help alleviate facial tension and stress, which can contribute to premature aging.

  4. Enhanced Product Absorption: By applying a facial oil or serum before gua sha, you can enhance the absorption of these products. The tool helps the product penetrate deeper into the skin, maximizing its benefits.

Step-by-Step Guide to Facial Gua Sha:

Step 1: Prepare Your Skin Start with clean skin. You can apply a few drops of your favorite facial oil or serum to provide some slip and nourishment for your skin during the gua sha session.

Step 2: Choose Your Tool Select a gua sha tool made of jade, rose quartz, or another preferred material. These stones are believed to have energetic properties that can further enhance the practice.  Our preferred Gua Sha is made from the volcanic glass Obsidian, which gives it a superior flawless finish and makes it easy to keep clean. 

Step 3: Begin at the Neck Start at the base of your neck and use gentle, upward strokes. Hold the gua sha tool at a 45-degree angle and scrape in an upward and outward direction. Repeat each stroke 5-10 times.

Step 4: Move to the Jawline and Cheeks Continue moving upward, working your way to the jawline and cheeks. Focus on areas where tension tends to accumulate. Always move in an outward direction.

Step 5: Address the Eye Area Be extremely gentle when using the gua sha tool around the delicate eye area. Use light, upward strokes to reduce puffiness and improve circulation.

Step 6: Forehead and Brow Area Finish the session by working on the forehead and brow area. Concentrate on any areas with fine lines or tension.

Step 7: Cleanse Your Tool After each use, clean your gua sha tool with warm, soapy water and allow it to air dry.

Incorporate facial gua sha into your skincare routine a few times a week to reap its benefits. Remember that consistency is key. Over time, you may notice improved circulation, reduced puffiness, and a healthier, more youthful complexion.  

Purchase your own Obsidian Gua Sha tool here


Facial gua sha is a holistic skincare practice that not only enhances the appearance of your skin but also provides moments of relaxation and self-care. By promoting circulation and lymphatic drainage, this ancient technique can help you achieve a youthful glow naturally. So, why not give it a try?

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