The benefits of jade facial Gua sha

With Gua sha fast becoming a buzzword in the beauty sector, this ingenious skin care technique delivers healthy, radiant skin after just one treatment. And the best thing? You can do it yourself, at home, in as little as one-minute.

 The Hayo’u Beauty Restorer™ is crafted from premium Xiuyan jade. It can be used for three iconic Chinese techniques; Gua sha (press-stroke), Acupressure and Àn fa (press-hold).

What is Gua Sha?

Gua sha is revered across Asia for its benefits to skin. What sets it apart as a beauty treatment is its unique ability to engage with the circulation under the skin to drawing in nutrients. Rather than applying a cream or serum to the surface of your skin, you are activating your own body to do the work from the inside. It’s easy, on-hand, inexpensive, combines with all existing beauty routines and is completely natural.

For skin to be healthy it needs to be nourished by blood, but when we are stressed – and most of us are – the stress response moves blood away from the skin and into the muscles. Moreover, if the blood isn’t reaching the skin, it doesn’t matter how good our diet and supplement regime is, your skin will look dull. Aside from impairing circulation, over time stress creates toxicity in the body.

Beauty Rocks

This simple self-massage technique has been shown in studies to stimulate the dermis to support collagen and elastin production, manipulates areas of tension to relax facial muscles, exponentially increases blood and aids lymphatic flow, resulting in a brighter, healthier, more radiant complexion.

The Beauty Restorer™ is made from jade – a type of crystal used in Chinese facial massage for thousands of years and revered for its restorative, cooling properties. Our jade is certified to GIA standard and carefully sourced from a specific region in China renowned for the highest quality jade. Cheaper Gua sha tools are not certified jade but composites which have little or no healing benefit. Research studies show that certified jade radiates far-infrared rays, invisible waves of energy that have the ability to penetrate all layers of tissues, muscles and bone in the human body. These rays are believed to be deeply healing, increasing oxygenation and regeneration of the blood.

Use the Beauty Restorer™ in the morning shower using water as a lubricant to eliminate signs of sleep, or with the Hayo’u Beauty Oil in the evening to maximise the benefits of the ritual.

The Beauty Restorer™ is curved with rounded edges to enable you to firmly press-stroke the skin. A low-level red ‘flush’, will appear then quickly disappear. This is the sign that you’re successfully drawing circulation up into the skin under the epidermis, and leaves you with glowing, tension-free skin. Use the tips of the tool to press and rotate slowly on the acupressure points shown. This stimulates the meridians, which according to Chinese medicine directly supports your health and illuminates your complexion.

In the Beauty Restorer Ritual video, we have included certain acupressure points to complete the treatment.

  • Working the sides of your lips plumps the skin, which loses elasticity as we age
  • Pressing the sides of your nose aids elimination of waste and relieves Sinusitis
  • Pressing the sides of your eyes releases stress and tension and alleviates headaches
  • Pressing under your eyes helps reduce eye bags and brightens the eyes
  • Pressing the chin relaxes your jaw
  • Pressing the forehead is a great point for balancing

The Beauty Restorer is naturally cool to the touch. So simply press-hold the cold jade over tired eyes or any other area to reduce inflammation and boost lymphatic drainage. Using the jade in this way can also reduce under eye bags and alleviate stress related symptoms such as headaches and throbbing temples.

Disclaimer:

Please note, you should not perform Gua sha over broken skin, broken veins, moles, cuts, bruises, severe acne or rosacea. Results vary according to age, strength of body, skin type and medical conditions. At no point should treatment feel painful. Always start gently, observing the reaction to your skin and proceed with caution. If in any doubt, contact us at info@hayoumethod.com or seek medical advice. This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.

 

Supporting studies:

 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2796.2010.02321.x/full#js-feedback

 

Breathing, inflammation and the vagus nerve

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21158977

Assessment of the Effects of Pranayama/Alternate Nostril Breathing on the Parasympathetic Nervous System in Young Adults.

Anant Narayan Sinha – Published 2013 in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3681046/

Gua sha and microcirculation

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17905355

http://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/press-releases/2015/05/05/science-gua-sha

Effects of GUASHA on Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Male Volunteers under Normal Condition and Weightlifters after Weightlifting Training Sessions

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4433678/

GUASHA therapy could facilitate the parasympathetic nervous activity and modulate the balance between parasympathetic and sympathetic activities