Gua Sha 101: Is this traditional Chinese facial tool the secret to better skin?

ByJohanna Trupp Localish logo
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Gua Sha 101: Is this the secret to better skin?
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Glam Lab answers the top questions about the Gua Sha facial tool. What are the benefits and how do you use it?

New York -- Gua Sha has gone viral, taking over TikTok feeds as the hottest new at-home face-sculpting technique in skincare.

Interestingly enough, it's been around for a very long time. Gua Sha is actually a staple of traditional Chinese medicine, so it's been used for centuries in practices like acupuncture. It's a scraping technique to move around energy, improve circulation and help your body rid itself of toxins. When used on the face, you can reap all those benefits plus a snatched jaw line, defined cheekbones and depuffed eyes.

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I truthfully had no idea where to start, so I brought in an expert, Giselle Wasfie, who is the founder of REMIX Acupuncture and a doctor of Eastern medicine. From her upbringing to her career as an editor at one of the biggest beauty magazines, she's always believed in ancient, natural remedies.

"You're seeing a lot more interest in wellness, natural medicine, you know, remedies that have been used for thousands of years in other parts of the world. So I think it's just that we are now kind of understanding the power of, you know, self-care, number one, and putting more effort into ourselves."

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First, we started off with breaking down the benefits of the basic gua sha tool. Then, Giselle took me a step further with the Re:Wand tool and the results were instant. In a matter of minutes, I was releasing jaw and headache tension that's been bothering me for months!

Check out this episode of Glam Lab to learn everything about Gua Sha and give yourself an acupressure facial at home!