Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that has been used for thousands of years. It has only gained popularity in the beauty world in the last ten years. Is it, though, worth the hype? Today we're talking about Gua Sha, Jade rolling, the disparity between the two, and whether or not they perform!
So, first and foremost, what is Gua Sha and does it work? As previously said, Gua Sha is not a recent technique, but has been used as one of several techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Occasionally referred to as "stroking" (Gua Sha translates to stroking). TCM practitioners use it to help increase blood supply and the transfer of “qi,” or electricity, around the body. It has a wide range of applications, but historically it has been used to relieve muscle pain and tension.
In recent years, the beauty industry has hopped on the Gua Sha tool bandwagon and begun to see its advantages, especially for facial work.
So, what are the advantages of Gua Sha?
-improved lymphatic drainage in the face
-reduced inflammation and acne scarring
-relief of facial muscle strain
-reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Is Gua Sha effective?
Yes, anecdotally. Allowing a doctor to use a Gua Sha tool on your face will help relieve discomfort and redness by activating the lymphatic system and assisting the skin's healing process. Gua Sha can help ease jaw pain and can be soothing if you have a headache, but it will not fix any of your skincare problems.
What about Jade Rolling?
So, now that we've deciphered Gua Sha, what's the thing with Jade rolling? Simply put, jade rolling is a kind of Gua Sha. It is a particular tool that makes doing Gua on yourself easier. The handy instrument makes rolling and stimulating the lymphatic system simpler without needing to look in the mirror.
Is Jade rolling effective?
Jade rolling, like Gua Sha, encourages Meridian flow to color, increases skin elasticity, and revitalizes Chi for a more vibrant, youthful look. Reduces muscle pain and promotes good blood supply to the face and body. It brightens the complexion, decreases puffiness, and tightens the muscle. It boosts lymphatic activity, giving you a perfectly dewy, radiant skin. Increase the benefits of your substance by lightly rolling or rubbing the Gua Sha tool over the skin to aid serum and hydration absorption.
When it comes to Jade rolling or Gua Sha, consistency is important, because at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what technique you're using as long as you're using it!