How to Use a Gua Sha in 11 Steps

Gua Sha, the Best Beauty Secret: How to Use a Gua Sha in 11 Steps

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What the Heck is a Gua Sha?

 Gua sha is an ancient Chinese healing therapy in which the skin is scraped with gua sha massage tool. It works by promoting the movement of stagnant chi in the face and neck so it can flow throughout the body.


Stagnant chi is like stagnant water. When water doesn’t flow properly, it builds up toxins, which contribute to disease. 


Gua sha encourages lymphatic drainage in the face and neck, warding off wrinkles, puffiness, acne, and uneven skin tone.   

Why Gua Sha?

Save Some Dollars $$$

First of all, if you are looking to save dollars on your beauty routine, gua sha is for you! You can get a gua sha tool on Amazon for around only $15. The one I use is pretty, pink, and made of real rose quartz. Plus it has a comb edge on one side which comes in handy for stubborn tight areas like the neck and scalp. 

I find that using a gua sha cuts down on my need for serums, creams, and fancy lotions. Now that my skin tone is more even, I need less foundation than before.  I keep it simple most days, using natural oils, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Consider the money you’ll save on beauty products, by using a gua sha tool! Plus, it’s pretty. Did I mention it’s pretty?

When deciding on what type of gua sha to purchase, consider your budget and level of clumsiness. Because, if you drop a gua sha tool, IT WILL BREAK. Maybe not the first time, but after a couple falls, gua sha will be shattered into a million itty bitty pieces. If you have kiddos or drop stuff a lot (or both), try purchasing a resin 

or stainless steel gua sha 

and then move up to a jade or rose quartz one once you have a handle on things. Get it? Handle? 🙂 

Save the Environment!

All those little plastic bottles that house our beauty creams and serums really add up. They usually add up right into the ocean in the form of plastic islands. No joke, LOOK IT UP, plastic islands are real!


Plastics and toxic chemicals cycle back to us in the form of xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are nasty little molecules that bind to our estrogen receptors and make our skin break out and essentially make us go crazy from hormonal inbalances. But, that’s a topic for another time.


For now, just remember that simpler beauty is better for us and better for our environment. By practicing mindful self-care and performing a gua sha face massage regularly, you will need fewer and fewer products. Your skin will thank you and Mother Earth will thank you! 

Pink Save the Earth Banner Over Cartoon Earth

What are the Health Benefits of Gua Sha “ing?”

Okay, maybe that last one was just me, but seriously gua sha is LIFE CHANGING! So let’s get into the steps on how to use the gua sha tool! 

Tip: Place your gua sha tool in an ice water bath a few minutes before using, dry, and then use. Repeat this step after using the tool on one side of the face. 

Step 1: Apply a Face Oil

Any face oil will work for this step but I recommend jojoba for oily skin, coconut for dry skin, and argan oil for mature skin. I use all three depending on how my skin is behaving. Being in your thirties is weird. 

Step 2: Back of the Neck

Use the heart shaped part of the tool (the side that kinda looks like a butt) and stroke in an upward motion. Keep the tool as flat as possible and avoid pressing too hard. When you reach the hairline, jiggle the tool a little to relax the muscles. Do this 5 to 7 times. 

Step 3: Side of the Neck

Use the comb side of the gua sha tool and place the tool as flat as you can against the side neck. Swipe in an upward motion. I like to break my neck up into two parts here, starting with my neck near the shoulder and working my way inward towards the front of my neck. Repeat 5 to 7 times. 

Step 4: Front of the Neck

This motion is not nearly as awkward as it looks here. I’m just an awkward human, but Jesus loves me anyway. But, I digress. 


Use the butt, I mean heart-shaped, side of the gua sha tool again, and hold it as flat as you can. You won’t be able to get it completely flat but try as best as you can. Swipe up 5 to 7 times. Use gentle pressure and take care not to choke yourself here. 

Step 5: Jawline

Use the same part of the gua sha tool as the step above and swipe up along the jawline 5 to 7 times. Stop and wiggle the tool a little at the ears. This will help a lot if you get acne along your jawline and near the ears. 

Step 6: Cheeks

Flip the gua sha tool around to the long smooth edge and swipe upward. Jiggle the tool a bit when you meet the hairline. Massage the scalp a little. Remember to hold the gua sha as flat as possible. Repeat 5 to 7 times. 

Step 7: Undereye

Use the tip of the gua sha to gingerly stroke underneath the eye area. Apply featherlike pressure here. If your skin starts to wrinkle in the eye area, place a finger on your hairline and pull up slightly. Repeat 5 to 7 times. 

Step 8: Eyebrows

Skip back to the heart-shaped side. Trace out your brow with the tool, sliding over the top and bottom of your eyebrow and be careful not to pull your skin. If you find you are pulling your skin, apply light pressure with two fingers of the opposite hand in the center of the forehead between the eyes. Repeat 5 to 7 times. 

By the way I’m not mad in this pic, just concentrating soooooo hard! 

Step 9: Forehead

We are almoooooooost done! Use the flat side of the gua sha and swipe up over the browline into the hairline. You can cover your eye with the opposite hand while doing this to avoid poking your eye out. Once you meet the hairline, massage the hairline by jiggling the gua sha up and down. SO RELAXING. Repeat 5 to 7 times. 

Step 10: Face Center

Flip the gua sha tool back over to the heart-shaped side and hold it as flat as possible against the skin. Slide up to the hairline and massage the hairline with the tool. Repeat 5 to 7 times. 

Step 11: (Final Step)- Lymphathic Drainage

YAY! We did it! For the last step use either the comb side or flat side of the gua sha tool. Start at your ear, and lift the tool up behind the ear, swipe down until you reach your clavicle bone. Repeat this motion 5 to 7 times. 

Did you enjoy this post about How to Use Gua Sha Step by Step? Let me know what you think in the comments section. 


How do you use a gua sha and what is your favorite way to use it? 

What other self-care routines do you practice?

Playful Young Woman Holds Gua Sha Tool

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