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Gua Sha (also known as 刮痧 in Chinese) is a well known Traditional Chinese Medicine practice and has been done for centuries. While most of us are familiar with the use of Gua Sha for the body as a form of detoxification therapy, did you know that Gua Sha can be used for facials as well?
Most of us associate Gua Sha results with this,
and would naturally be terrified of this result on our face after a Gua Sha facial. Well the good news is for Gua Sha facial, the amount of pressure asserted would be substantially lighter, so you don't have to worry about visible scratch tracks.
Gua Sha Facial Process
Gua Sha Facial normally includes the use of a Gua Sha tool usually made of jade, animal horns or sometimes even metal spoons.
The roots of Gua Sha stems from looking at the whole body as a system, and through targeting the different meridians of the body, seek to maintain a healthy flow of chi energy to keep all internal systems functioning properly.
Image from Sennyong's Blog
These points in the face are connected to 12 major meridian lines that are linked to 11 of the body organs. Through keeping these energy points open, we can prevent stagnation and the build up of toxins which will in turn help with preventing diseases or ailments.
The Gua Sha technique is the scraping movement which will encourage the distribution of chi through the meridian channels. During the execution of the technique, tension is relieved and chi is regulated again (if it was stagnated or blocked), which helps to reduce inflammation and also tones up our facial muscles.
If you would like to see a Gua Sha Facial in action, here's a 20 minute video of the process. Gua Sha starts at about 4:20 into the video.
Benefits of Gua Sha Facial
There's a long list of benefits from Gua Sha Facial. But the main observable ones for customers who have gone for Gua Sha Facial include (not exhaustive):
1. Anti aging - reduced wrinkles
2. Radiant complexion, even skin tone and smaller pores
Photo of customer from Pure Element
3. Reduces acne and pimples
While the Gua Sha technique cannot be used for severe acne, it helps with reducing the oil production that causes acne. However, as with all other therapies, it is necessary to couple your treatments with drinking lots of water, refrain from picking your skin, etc.
4. Eye bags and dark circles
Image courtesy of Ms Em's blog
5. Lymphatic drainage from face and neck
Where to get Gua Sha Facial in Singapore
Pure Element at Ang Mo Kio (with customers' testimonials in images above)
Pure Element's Signature Luminous Facial helps acne recover fast. For acne skin, the beauticians might deem it unsuitable for Gua Sha. If so, they will replace Gua Sha with a detox face massage instead. The image above is a customer's skin journey with Pure Element.
Arch Angel Brow at Clementi 321 Mall
Gua Sha Facial at Arch Angel Brow goes at $142.20 after a 10% discount!
Face Connection at Dhoby Ghaut, PoMo
A 75 minutes Gua Sha Facial session starts from $68 at Face Connection.
Joneling Chi Spa at Tiong Bahru
A 60 minutes Gua Sha Facial session is $78 for members, and $88 for non-members.
If you've been deliberating whether to go for a guasha facial, or whether you have been troubled by certain skin ailments recently, we hope this article has been useful for you :)
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