Manual lymphatic drainage is a type of massage that encourages the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. This is a type of massage that you can perform on your face, and you have likely seen people using a smooth stone tool to do so.
What is Gua Sha?
The modern-day technique is based on a traditional Chinese healing practice known as Gua Sha, whose origins date back over 700 years ago. Facial Gua Sha has been proven to help relieve tension, reduce puffiness & inflammation, and help to reduce sinus pressure. The actual tool used is a smooth stone that is shaped to contour areas of the face like jaw and cheek bones.
Anti-Aging Benefits of Gua Sha
Using a Gua Sha tool to perform lymphatic drainage and facial sculpting produces immediate and long-term results – think of it as a mini face lift. Using a Gua Sha tool to massage creates this effect for 2 main reasons:
- Collagen Production: Gua Sha can help soften fine lines and wrinkles by helping the body produce more collagen.
- Facial Muscle Sculpting: When used on the jawline and cheekbone areas, Gua Sha can help release tight facial muscles and give the temporary appearance of a more sculpted face.
How to Use a Gua Sha Device?
There are many methodologies and styles when it comes to using a Gua Sha, make sure to find a reputable source and study the proper usage.
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This article of the Skinsider Scoop was graciously written by Licensed Esthetician, and Lead Educator for Face Reality Skincare, Alex Hernandez, and edited by the Clean Skin Club team. If you're interested in more from Alex, please shoot us an email, and follow her Instagram - @hello.hernandez