LET IT GO
There are so many skin benefits of gua sha; improving pigmentation, preventing hormonal breakouts, getting rid of bloating/puffiness, erasing fine lines and toning the skin, to name a few. Perhaps even more importantly, it’s also a very intuitive and relaxing process that can help calm the mind and get you ready for the challenges of the day.
5 MINUTES FOR YOU
We all deserve regular breaks, whether working from home or home schooling, and taking five minutes out for gua sha can make a huge difference. Follow Elisabeth’s tips below to give your skin a treat.
1: Apply an oil or a serum that you love that has enough slip to it; my absolute favourite has to be Living Libations Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever. Not only does it feel amazing on the skin thanks to being packed with fatty acids, it has the most beautiful, calming scent that really adds to the ritual. Just be sure that you only apply one or two pumps max, on damp skin. You want the gua sha to glide across the face, not slip all over the place.
2: Always begin with the neck. Whatever gua sha you have, you want to glide the tool up and down the neck. Start from behind the ear, and move inwards. Always maintain a 40-degree angle; the gua sha should never be perpendicular to the skin. If you don’t open up the neck, whatever you’re doing on the face has nowhere to go, so it’s important to start there.
3: Move to the jaw; you’ll feel these little crunches as you glide along the jawline as this is where we hold a lot of tension – it’s actually quite satisfying. Glide the tool out towards the ear each time.
4: Next, move up around the cheeks. Start from the inside around the lips, moving out towards the ear.
5: Move on to the eyebrows – another place where we carry a lot of tension. Using the smaller edge of the gua sha, glide along on the brow bone and slide outwards.
6: Finally, focus on the forehead; it’s almost like you’re ironing out the tension. Be sure to hold the skin taut around the eyebrows, and use the largest edge of the gua sha to move upwards. When you’re finished, flush everything out and go back to the neck to ensure you’re moving that fluid.
Repeat each movement 5-10 times to feel the best results. If you’re a complete newbie start with two or three times a week and see how you go.
DO gua sha if you want to improve how your skin feels and looks or you just want to unwind.
DON’T gua sha if you are unwell - just let your body focus on getting better.
DON’T gua sha is you’re experiencing an active breakout. Work around the area or wait until the skin is calmer before you start stimulating it again.
DON’T be too rough on the skin! You want to look flushed, not red raw, so be careful not to drag the skin.
Want more? Head to the Algorithum Instagram or Elisabeth’s Instagram for more in-depth video tutorials that focus on using gua sha in different ways for more results.