FIVE MINUTE GUA SHA TIPS
Gua Sha facial massage is an amazingly effective way to soothe the skin, boost your glow and enhance the natural contours of your face by stimulating lymphatic drainage. Many gua sha tools, like this one, are designed with multiple sides and angles to really refine your massage and hug the curves of your face.
For this five minute massage, we work all the key zones of the neck and face, but feel free to add more moves wherever you feel called. Apply a few drops of your favorite facial oil to the skin first, to provide a smooth and even glide. Try to maintain a fifteen degree angle between your tool and the skin for best results. We want to always support the skin with our other hand as we work. Avoiding pushing, pulling or tugging on the skin.
THE FIVE STEPS
STEP ONE : WARMING UP THE NECK - Counter to many lymphatic massages, we want to start our gua-sha routine by working upwards on the neck. Begin by using the smooth long edge of your tool and working upwards towards the face. This encourages blood flow to the face, which then creates better circulation and nourishes the skin cells.
STEP TWO : CHEEK CONTOURING - Moving along to the face, we want to switch our tool to use the curved side. Line the curves of the tool up with the curves of your cheekbone and chin. This move helps sculpt and contour the whole face. Work from the center of the face and glide out towards the sides of the face. A little jiggle of your tool near the end, helps stimulate lymphatic drainage and flush out excess fluid retention in the face.
STEP THREE : UNDEREYE SWEEPS - Using the smooth, flat side of your tool. Line the curve of the tool along the orbital bone below the eye and glide out from the nose to the temples, using super light pressure. If desired, you can glide all the way out past the temples, to the hairline to smooth over the cheekbones and give the eye area a little lift.
STEP FOUR : FOREHEAD SMOOTHING - To smooth (and soothe) the forehead, we want to start in the center and work outwards in a horizontal direction towards the temples and hair line. If your tool has a comb edge, you can work at more of a fifteen-degree angle to add pressure and comb through forehead tension. Either works well.
STEP FIVE : DRAIN DOWN THE NECK - Now having warmed up and worked out the whole face, a few draining moves to cool down, are the perfect finish. Returning to the neck and using a concave part of your tool, start to glide downwards from the area just below the ears and all the way down to the collarbone. Gentle pressure is ideal for lymphatic drainage but you can also work with a bit of added pressure to release tight neck muscles.
Five minute face massages to-glow are timed to be about five minutes long. There is no sound, so you can use this as quiet time or add your own soundtrack. Follow the moves in the video - about thirty seconds per move - on each side. Complete everything in five moves and five minutes. Repeat if if desired, or mix and match with other videos to really treat your skin. Be sure to check back every Friday for new videos!
Cover photo courtesy of CJB Beauty Secrets