Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Gua sha (pronounced “gwa shah”) is an ancient Chinese technique. In its most basic form, gua sha involves using a flat, smooth tool to scrape the surfaces of the body. The exact execution of the technique depends on the benefits and experience you’re looking for..
Traditionally, gua sha is performed on large areas of the body like the back, buttocks, arms, legs, and neck. Gua Sha has been performed to the point of severe bruising and causing skin damage or breakage, which isn’t recommended. Gua Sha should be performed with a more moderate touch. Some temporary redness to the skin is normal, as the scraping or stroking motions are intended to increase blood flow to the skin.
A facial gua sha technique has recently become popular in the natural beauty industry! For this technique, a gua sha stone—often made of quartz or jade—gently pulls along facial skin in a flat, smooth motion. When practicing gua sha on the face, use light, mild pressure. It’s not intended to cause any redness, but rather to naturally lift, smooth, and firm the skin. This technique is touted for softening fine lines and wrinkles, while also firming and toning the shape of the face.
Before attempting gua sha, you need an oil or serum so the gua sha tool can glide comfortably and smoothly over the skin. Stunningly blue Yarrow|Pom is the ideal option for facial gua sha.
A combination of yarrow essential oil and cold-pressed pomegranate seed oil, Yarrow|Pom nourishes and soothes the skin. Yarrow essential oil revitalizes the skin and promotes the look of young and healthy skin, while pomegranate seed oil is rich in punicic acid and protects the skin.
Yarrow|Pom is a relatively viscous oil serum that takes its time to slowly soak and absorb into the skin, which will help your gua sha stone glide easily throughout the whole technique. Yarrow|Pom can help reduce the appearance of blemishes and give your skin a vibrant glow!
For whole-body gua sha, Yarrow|Pom Body Renewal Serum is the perfect companion. On top of yarrow essential oil and pomegranate seed oil (and their respective benefits), the serum contains jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, argan oil, coffee seed extract, and pomegranate esters, as well as Roman Chamomile, Yuzu, Peppermint, and Cananga. This serum is deeply moisturizing and revitalizing to the skin.
For a limited time, doTERRA is offering a special holiday Gua Sha Beauty Collection. It includes a beautiful heart-shaped rose quartz gua sha stone, a 15 mL bottle of Yarrow|Pom, and a 44 mL bottle of Yarrow|Pom Body Renewal Serum. This collection has everything you need to start your own gua sha natural beauty regimen!
Learn how to perform gua sha yourself with the videos below.