Gua Sha: all you need to know about this ancient Chinese method to have smooth skin

The Gua Sha ("guide": scratch, "sha": sick blood) is an ancient Chinese technique with supposed medicinal effects that has become popular in recent times and has positioned itself as a current beauty routine, especially on Instagram.

According to its promoters, this technique is used to improve blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and elasticity of the skin. In addition, they point out that it covers everything from adult acne to wrinkles and sagging skin.

The #Guasha tag on Instagram has more than 87,000 publications that echo the success that has accumulated the "rebirth" of this proposal in recent years. But what does it consist of?

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The Gua Sha is, in essence, a vigorous scraping of the skin with a special stone. It is a massage that covers the neck and face with flat stones of pink quartz or jade, adapted to our morphology, thus allowing to make a scraping movement in each of the facial areas.

How does it apply?

The scraping process that is used in a traditional Gua Sha routine involves washing the skin of the face, followed by the application of a natural oil. Finally, we proceed with the scraping as such.

The use of certain particular scraping techniques is required to comply with the routines. According to those who practice and promote it, the Gua Sha has very specific benefits:

  • Decongests and reduces inflammation of the skin
  • Reduces the visibility of wrinkles
  • Reduces dark circles and puffiness
  • Softens wrinkles around the mouth
  • It facilitates the absorption of serums, oils and humectants

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Does it really work?

Although it is a rage in social networks, it has not been proven that Gua Sha has any benefit. According to Dr. Javier Pedraz Muñoz, dermatologist and aesthetic physician of the University Hospital Quirón Salud: "the treatment has no scientific basis as such".

The expert clarifies that the treatment can give the impression of being effective because the skin reddens or becomes a little softer immediately after scraping. However, in the long term there is no evidence of any sustained benefit, so there is no reason to practice it while waiting for positive results.

Moreover, the German doctor Edzard Ernst concluded that any apparent beneficial result of Gua Sha is due exclusively to the placebo effect.

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For some, the resurgence in Western countries of this method is only one more of the trends of the industry of the wellness or welfare, led by world-renowned stars.

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Edzard Ersnt

JAMA Oncology