How to Use Gua Sha on Your Face and Neck: A Practical Guide

By Patricia Rios

Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese technique that involves scraping the skin with a smooth-edged tool to improve circulation and promote healing. Here’s how you can use Gua Sha on your face and neck effectively.

How to Use Gua Sha on Your Face and Neck: A Practical Guide

What You Need

  • Gua Sha tool: Made of jade, rose quartz, or another smooth stone.
  • Facial oil or serum: Helps the tool glide smoothly over your skin.

Steps to Follow

1. Prepare Your Skin

  • Cleanse your face and neck: Start with a clean surface to avoid pushing dirt and impurities into your skin.
  • Apply facial oil or serum: This reduces friction and allows the tool to move smoothly.

2. Position the Tool Correctly

  • Hold the tool at a 15-degree angle: This means almost flat against your skin, not perpendicular.

3. Use Gentle Pressure

  • Start with light pressure: You can increase it slightly if comfortable, but it should never be painful.

4. Follow These Movements

For the Face:

  1. Forehead:
    • Start from the middle of your forehead and move towards the temples.
    • Repeat 5-10 times on each side.
  2. Eyebrows:
    • Scrape from the inner corner of the eyebrows to the temples.
    • Repeat 5-10 times on each side.
  3. Cheeks:
    • Start from the side of your nose and move towards the ears.
    • Repeat 5-10 times on each side.
  4. Jawline and Chin:
    • Start from the middle of your chin and move along the jawline towards the earlobe.
    • Repeat 5-10 times on each side.
  5. Under the Eyes:
    • Be extra gentle. Start from the inner corner of the eyes and move towards the temples.
    • Repeat 5-10 times on each side.

For the Neck:

  1. Neck (Front):
    • Start from the base of the neck and move upwards towards the jawline.
    • Repeat 5-10 times.
  2. Neck (Back):
    • If you have a partner to help, they can scrape from the base of the skull down to the shoulders.
    • Repeat 5-10 times.

5. Clean Your Tool

  • After each use: Clean the Gua Sha tool with mild soap and water to prevent bacteria buildup.

Tips for Best Results

  • Consistency: Use Gua Sha 3-4 times a week.
  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins.
  • Listen to your skin: If you notice bruising or irritation, reduce the frequency and pressure.

Benefits of Gua Sha

  • Improves circulation: Helps to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
  • Reduces puffiness and inflammation: Especially effective around the eyes.
  • Promotes lymphatic drainage: Helps remove toxins and reduce swelling.
  • Enhances skin elasticity: Can lead to a more youthful appearance.

Indications and Precautions


  • Puffy skin: Helps reduce puffiness, especially around the eyes.
  • Tense muscles: Can alleviate tension in the face and neck.
  • Dull complexion: Promotes better circulation and gives the skin a healthy glow.
  • Signs of aging: Regular use can improve skin elasticity and reduce fine lines.


  • Avoid broken skin: Do not use Gua Sha on areas with cuts, sores, or active acne to prevent irritation and infection.
  • Sensitive skin: If you have very sensitive skin, test the technique on a small area first.
  • Bruising: Light bruising can occur; this is normal but should not be painful. Adjust pressure if necessary.
  • Medical conditions: Consult with a healthcare provider if you have conditions like rosacea, eczema, or other skin disorders.

Avoid These Mistakes

  • Using too much pressure: Can cause bruising and damage to the skin.
  • Incorrect angle: Holding the tool too perpendicular to the skin can be ineffective and uncomfortable.
  • Inconsistent routine: For best results, consistency is key.
  • Neglecting hygiene: Always clean your tool before and after use to avoid bacterial infections.


Gua Sha is a simple yet effective technique to improve your skin’s health and appearance. By following these practical steps, you can incorporate this ancient practice into your skincare routine easily and safely.


  • Healthline’s guide on Gua Sha
  • WebMD’s overview of Gua Sha

Enjoy the benefits of Gua Sha and take your skincare routine to the next level!


Patricia Rios

I have been writing makeup and beauty content for more than ten years. My passion is to uplift you, my reader, to feel better about yourself.

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