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What is Facial Gua Sha, Exactly? Here's Your Gua Sha 101 Guide

What is Facial Gua Sha, Exactly? Here's Your Gua Sha 101 Guide

Facial gua sha is a form of gentle self-massage adapted from traditional gua sha that uses a stone to help improve the complexion and detoxify the body. Ideally, the stone is specifically suited for the contours of the face. The foundational practice of gua sha involves slow, steady strokes that, both immediately and over time, can create the appearance of lift, tone, clarity, and brightness in the face. Some have called facial gua sha a natural alternative to injectables like Botox, even though it works in the opposite way. Botox freezes the face and the muscles around it, while gua sha infuses the tissues with blood and chi (or “qi”), the Traditional Chinese Medicine word for energy, or “life force.”
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