I love massage with facial oil. However, I’ve found out massage has its limitations when it comes to lines on my face. I’m not writing off the benefit of massaging. No doubt it can prevent my facial muscles from falling down as soon. However, for the fine lines in the lower part of my face, massage had been, sadly, completely and disappointingly futile. That’s why I have to become an explorer, again. And this time, I’m sailing into the domain of guasha.
What Guasha Is
For the uninitiated, guasha is a traditional healing method Chinese has used since ancient times for various illnesses. “Gua” means scraping, and “sha” are the red spots appearing on the skin after the scraping treatment. The appearance of red spots is actually a good sign, because it means the toxins inside of your body has surfaced to the outside.
However, if you are to have guasha on your face, one thing to note is not applying the kind of pressure on your body on your face. Even after a facial guasha session, you shouldn’t see any red marks on your face. If you do, it’s a sign that you have applied way too much pressure on your skin. Bear in mind, the level of pressure on your face should always be kept at a minimum.
My DIY Guasha Session
Okay, back to my DIY guasha session. During the past few weeks, I’ve been practicing guasha at home every night. Any hey, I’ve discovered that guasha is amazing for my skin. For one thing, it can reduce fine lines around my mouth more effectively than any other method I’ve tried. Here are the major improvements I’ve observed over the past few weeks:
- Fewer fine lines on forehead and lower part of my face, especially around my mouth
- Firmer facial muscle
- Smaller pores
My DIY guasha session is quite simple. And it takes two things only: a guasha board and a facial oil to serve as a lubricant (if you are curious, I use olive oil). Below are the steps I take:
1. Oil my face with olive oil
2. Scrape my face with the guasha board in an upward and outward motion, from forehead, eyes to lower part of my face
3. Clean the oil residue with my cleanser and follow up with my usual beauty routine
As I’m not a guasha expert, I made it a point to look for books about guasha in the library before I scraped my face. However, unfortunately, most books about guasha are dedicated to using it as a healing method for general health, but not specifically for beauty purposes. So most of my knowledge about guasha comes from the internet. I was fortunate enough to find some useful videos from YouTube! (This post doesn’t mean to be a guide for DIY guasha as you can see from the lack of guidance. I simply want to tell you my experience with this natural beauty method.)
So, did I give you some hope about guasha? Hopefully, I’m not overboard, because, of course, like all other beauty products I’ve used, guasha may not work for everyone and on every part of your face. For one thing, it CAN’T reduce my laugh line. Yes, the fine lines around my mouth are lessened, but my laugh line is still set in stone (Why???).. Sigh… Maybe I need to be persistent for a longer period to see the result.
Well, but I shouldn’t complain. All in all, the condition of my skin has been improving after I started taking collagen supplements. And my DIY guasha sessions have definitely taken a step further. And it does confirm my belief that it’s possible to use natural method to slow my aging process. However, I think I may not do my guasha session persistently in the near future, because I’m experimenting with another massage method by a Japanese woman called Yukuko Tanaka. Hopefully with my new adventure, I can get rid of my laugh lines (something guasha can’t help) in no time.
It’s your turn now. Have you ever tried guashua in the past? How’s your experience with it?