By Talha Maniar
A gua sha gemstone can reduce inflammation, boost blood circulation has anti-aging benefits. Can this tool really do it all? Find out more about the best gua sha gemstones, how they benefit your skin, and how to care of them.
What is a Gua Sha Stone?
You may have been living under a rock if you haven’t seen or heard of the term ‘gua sha.’ The gua sha gemstone has become increasingly popular recently but it has actually been in the skincare game for thousands of years. The medicinal traditions of the gua sha originated in China and spread all across Southeast Asia.
By definition, gua sha is a vigorous scraping technique performed on the body to stimulate blood flow. Using the gua sha technique with a gemstone on your skin can provide several benefits. Facial gua sha done with a gemstone is a gentler practice that promotes lymphatic drainage, reduces puffiness and wrinkles, eliminates toxins, improves blood circulation and boosts collagen production.
Types of Gemstones and What They Do for the Skin
There are different kinds of gemstones you can get the gua sha tool in, some of the most popular gemstones are rose quartz, jade, and amethyst.
The rose quartz gua sha contains healing properties and stays cool to the touch. It is anti-aging and best for acne prone skin. This pretty, pink gemstone also has healing and soothing properties.
Jade gua sha is the traditional gemstone choice. It calms the skin, improves elasticity, and helps to grow skin cells. The green jade gemstone gua sha is best for contouring, lifting and working out tight muscles.
Amethyst gua sha is a beautiful purple gemstone that heals breakouts and inflamed skin. It is also loaded with negative ions that provide it with a lot of anti-inflammatory properties.
Since these gemstones have different kinds of properties, choose one that is best for your skin concerns!
How to Use the Gua Sha Tool
It can take some practice to get used to using the gua sha tool on your skin the correct way but it’s actually pretty easy. Read on to see the exact steps you can add to your skincare routine!
- Deep clean your skin with a cleansing oil or your choice of face wash. Just make sure your skin is product and dirt-free.
- Evenly apply a serum or oil of your choice to your skin.
- Start by gently swiping the tool on your forehead, upwards towards the hairline and then outwards from the middle of your eyebrows to your ear on each side. Repeat this procedure 5 times.
- For the cheeks, use the flat edge of the tool to pull the tool outward toward your ear while angling it slightly upwards and go in the same direction at least 5 times on both sides.
- For the jaw, swipe the tool upwards and follow the angle of your muscle to the back of your ear, repeat the same motion 5 times on each side.
Adding this technique to your routine can lift up your skin, increase blood flow and depuff your face.
How to Care for Your Gua Sha Tool
Cleaning the gua sha tool is recommended before and after each use to get rid of potential bacteria. To clean, dampen a soft microfiber cloth with soapy water (water and your cleanser), wipe the tool and then rinse it under cold water. Let it air dry or use a dry soft microfiber cloth to dry it.
If you like the cool feeling on your skin, put the gemstone in a clean plastic bag and store it the refrigerator. Just ensure you are storing it in a dry place.
Where Can I Buy the Gua Sha Gemstone?
You should preferably purchase gua sha gemstones from an independent business or a store you trust. ZAQ is one business that provides amazing products and excellent customer service. Wonderfully, high quality gua sha gemstones are available at ZAQ in Jade, Amethyst, and Rose!