Gua Sha tools are Eastern Asian health and beauty tools, now widely used in Holistic Esthetic practices worldwide. Use this tool to help stimulate blood flow, while healing and releasing any unhealthy elements in injured and inflamed areas of the body.
Here are a few pro tips from my personal back doctor, Dr. Gabriela Carlos - chiropractor to some of Hollywood’s biggest names - and my esthetician and dear friend, Biba de Sousa - celebrity esthetician.
Dr. Carlos— The Gua Sha technique can be used over the neck, back, upper and lower extremities.
Simply scrape the surface of the skin firmly in the same direction 10-20 times using the curved edge of the tool. A bright redness will result as the blood rushes to the surface of the skin causing the petechiae reaction. Allow the redness to heal over 2-3 days and repeat.
Biba de Sousa— When using the crescent Gua Sha tool on the face pair with your daily cream or facial oil.
Hold the tool firmly between your thumb and first two fingers as if you were holing an eraser. With gentle upward and outward movements, scrape the skin of a neck, chin, face, eye and forehead areas, making sure that you don't stretch the skin and you are not causing bruising. This tool could be used at home on a daily basis for a minute or two on the desired area, and results are quite astounding: better skin tone, diminished appearance of capillaries, pain relief and better muscle flexibility.