Have No Fear, Facial Gua Sha is Here

Hi all! Intern Allison here. I do all sorts of things around here at Gooey, but today I’m here to talk about the intersection of skincare, beauty, and self-care PLUS this cool lil tool Lenea introduced me to. I’ve been doing facial gua sha for the past 10 days and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer.

First things first: Gua sha will not bruise your face. Don't worry. If you Google gua sha, which I'm sure you will after reading this, you’re going to see photos of people with really bruised backs and necks. This is because when using gua sha for pain relief and massage, it is much more intense. But, not to worry, it’s super gentle on your face.


Gua sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment that involves scraping or pulling a flat jade or rose quartz stone along the skin. Practitioners believe gua sha helps to release all the bad stuff from your skin and stimulates blood flow and healing – peep the full benefits here. Gua sha can help with dry skin, breakouts, dull skin, and even aging.


To do a gua sha massage, gently massage the lil tool all over your face, starting with the neck. Slowly move to the chin, then the cheeks and lips, then nose, then forehead. Use a facial oil to ensure there isn't any harsh pulling or tearing. I used Tarte maracuja oil, but really any facial oil will do.


TBH, at first I was a bit skeptical about this little guy. I love all things skincare and am definitely down to try anything, but rubbing a piece of rose quartz all over my face? Sus. After 10 days, though, I’m a believer. It was beyond relaxing and my skin is GLOWING!


This tool was just the addition to my nightly routine that I never knew I needed. Not only is it soothing, it has helped my skin a ton. My face is looking super glowy and radiant, and not even in a I'm-sweaty-as-hell way, but more like in a glowing-from-within way. It's amazing. I have oily skin and am covered in freckles, and I feel like using gua sha has made my skin look its best foundation-free.


I think of skincare as my time for self-care. It’s ritualistic and mad relaxing. Taking time to just do you is so important. Plus, it’s half hour or so I get to spend every night on myself. I would also consider this multitasking because I’m relaxing while also making myself look good. Bonus. Creating nightly rituals creates a set time and space for relaxation and reflection. I think, as we create these rituals, we automatically start to cultivate more time for ourselves in other aspects of life.


As Donna Henes says, "Ceremonial observance adds lucid layers — depth, dimension, drama, and distinction — to our lives, making the ordinary seem special, and the special, extraordinary. Through the practice of ritual we are privileged to experience ourselves as prepared, present, passionate, principled and potent."


So, why not add a little ceremony to your day with gua sha? Your skin – and your peace of mind – will thank you.



 – Allison Fargo


Gua sha isn't the only traditional Chinese healing technique we love. Check out how to eat energetically according to principles of Chinese medicine here.