Gua Sha: Simple, Natural Skincare

Photo by Joe Robles, Unsplash

Photo by Joe Robles, Unsplash

3 Minute Read: Self-care, Chinese Medicine, gua sha, natural skincare, evening routine, healthy lifestyle, aging gracefully.

Want a simple, inexpensive treat for your skin that also relieves tension + stress?

As a Chinese Medicine doctor, I'd been meaning to incorporate facial gua sha into my own skincare routine for a while and finally did so a month ago.

It’s a perfect example of how skincare + self-care don’t have to be expensive or complicated.

Here’s what it does…and why it’s now part of my evening routine.


Gua sha involves using a smooth, flat, handheld tool to stroke and massage the skin.

When using gua sha on the body, the technique is often quite vigorous, even producing red or purple marks. On the face, I take a way softer approach (one that leaves no marks at all).

It can help with all sorts of skin conditions, but generally promotes circulation and lymph drainage. I also find it helpful for relaxing tension spots, such as my forehead, temples and jaw after a long day. Benefits include:

  • Promoting circulation

  • Boosting collagen production

  • Reducing puffiness and blemishes

  • Toning and evening out the skin

  • Moving and draining lymph fluid

  • Relieving headaches and TMJ

  • Easing stress and anxiety

  • Supporting a meditative self-care routine

Your tool could be traditional like the jade one pictured below (it's what I use) or a rose quartz stone. Other options include a smooth jar lid or spoon! Doesn't have to be fancy or cost a thing, and you can find simple how-to videos online.

Jade rollers are also trending and a nice addition. although they don’t get quite as deep as gua sha does.

Anyone else gua-sha'ing their face? Or have other simple self-care rituals? Please share in the comments!

My jade gua sha tool

My jade gua sha tool


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