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How to Use a Gua Sha Tool

Woman gently scraping her gua sha tool against her jawline.

Seeing the gua sha tool all over your FYP? This skincare trend has taken social media by storm and we are here for it.

If you’re wondering whether it’s worthy of a spot on your bathroom shelf or want to know how to use a gua sha tool in your beauty routine, our expert guide has the answers.

What is a Gua Sha?

Originating from Chinese medicine, a gua sha tool is a flat, smooth-edged stone, used to gently scrape across the surface of the skin, as it is believed to help promote microcirculation.

When to Use a Gua Sha Tool

If you’re wondering when to use a gua sha tool, the answer is simple – any time! Many prefer using it in the morning to energise tired skin, but others may find it relaxing to use as part of their nighttime ritual.

How Often to Use Gua Sha Tool

When it comes to how often to use a gua sha – we think, consistency is key.

It’s best to start by using it once a week and increasing slowly to around three to four times depending on how your skin responds.

Remember, a holistic method like this won’t provide immediate results, it may take a few uses before you start to see the purported benefits.

How to Use Gua Sha Tool on Face and Neck

The face and neck are, perhaps, the most popular areas to use a gua sha on. You should always start by applying your favourite facial oil or serum to avoid tugging on the skin.

When using on the neck, start at your décolletage and move it up through the middle of the neck towards your jawline, holding the tool at a 15 to 45-degree angle and gently scrape using upwards motions.

For the face, focus on areas like the jawline and cheekbones, as this is what could potentially help to achieve a more lifted appearance.

Repeat these exercises approximately three to five times for each use.

What Serums to Use with a Gua Sha Tool

Pairing your gua sha tool with the right serum for your skin type could help to enhance your results.

For dry skin, opt for hydrating serums containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, as these work as humectants to attract and retain moisture.

If you’re dealing with dullness, look for serums infused with vitamin C to brighten your complexion.

For aging skin, one containing collagen may help with skin elasticity or potentially delay some of the visible signs of skin aging.

How to Clean a Gua Sha Tool

Just like any skincare tool, it’s important to regularly clean a gua sha to reduce the build-up of bacteria.

But don’t worry, you don’t need to go out and buy anything new – cleaner. simply reach for your daily facial cleanser and use a penny-sized amount to wash the tool. Once you’ve thoroughly rinsed all the soap away, dry with a microfibre towel.

If your bathroom draw is anything like ours, you won’t want your skincare tool sat exposed to all the ‘nasties’ in there. We recommend storing it in an air-tight bag to avoid it picking up any unwanted bacteria, so it’s ready for its next use.

Expert Tip: To upgrade your gua sha experience, place it in the fridge an hour or so before you want to use it. The cooling effect on the skin is enough to transport you straight to the spa.

Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge of how to use a gua sha tool, it’s time to elevate your skincare regime. Discover our expert guide on how to get glowing skin so you can explore the go-to ingredients for a radiant complexion.



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