What is Gua Sha and what are the benefits?

It’s time to stop your never-ending search for the newest skincare routine. The new ‘in’ is returning to old-school beauty treatments. “One such example is gua sha, a method of facial massage with crystal tools, which has been springing up all over Instagram — but has actually been making the rounds in the skin-improving sector for thousands of years. With origins in the ancient medical traditions of China and Southeast Asia” (Hubbard par 1).  Pronounced gwa sha, this facial treatment involves scraping a flat jade or rose quartz stone over the skin in upward strokes to relax stiff muscles and promote tissue drainage.

Gua sha relieves “tension in the muscles of the face, boost blood circulation and encourage lymphatic drainage to banish bloat”. According to Lauren Hubbard from Fashionista beauty, “It helps break up fascia — the connective tissue that hugs muscles but can sometimes interfere with optimal circulation — and can even help to make your face look slimmer (albeit temporarily). Devotees swear by its ability to ward off headaches and jaw pain and brighten skin (due to the boost in circulation). Some even consider it a Botox alternative for its ability to unkink settled-in muscle folds” (Hubbard par 3).

Gua Sha is the ideal tool to de-stress from everyday life. Fear of bruising and burst capillaries often deter people from trying this revolutionary technique. However, Bellagena  Spa specializes in professional massage care. Prepare for less puffy eyes, sharper cheekbones, less acne, no dryness and no wrinkles (Lapolla). Yes, please!


Hubbard, Lauren. “What to Know About Gua Sha, the Old-School Crystal Skin Tools Taking  Over Instagram.” Fashionista, Fashionista, 25 July 2018, 

Lapolla, Brianna. “What Is Facial Gua Sha and Can It Transform Your Skin?” PureWow,  PureWow, 6 June 2018.