We all want beautiful, youthful and healthy skin. Today I want to share a beauty ritual that has given me immediate results and transformed my skin.
I’ve been incorporating Gua sha into my skincare routine and it has made a noticeable difference to my overall skin health and wellbeing.
What is Gua Sha?
Pronounced “gwah shah”, Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese healing massage technique that dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It involves ‘scraping’ lubricated skin with a tool typically made from jade or rose quartz to redirect energy flow. This technique helps to increase circulation and release stagnant blood and toxins. When more blood and oxygen flow to the area that is treated, the body responds more efficiently and healing can take place.
Traditionally, Gua Sha was used in Chinese Medicine to soothe inflammation all over the body, helping with everything from treating a fever to headaches.
I came across The Hayo’u Method on Instagram and decided to check it out.
Hayo’u was founded by acclaimed Chinese medicine practitioner and best-selling author Katie Brindle.
Founder Katie always dreamt of becoming an opera singer. But a serious car crash spun her life in a different direction. Katie lost her singing voice – but discovered the immense self-healing power of Chinese medicine.
Now with over 20 years working in Chinese medicine, Katie has seen first-hand how this ancient wisdom can help many of our most pervasive modern ailments – from poor skin and bad digestion, to adrenal fatigue, depression and anxiety. Her aim is to show you that we all hold within us the power to treat ourselves better.
The Hayo’u Method combines the wisdom of Chinese medicine, products and techniques into simple one-minute rituals. The 3 easy steps – Restore, Reset and Rescue, deliver instant results and long-term benefits for both health and beauty.
I decided to treat myself to some products…
Hayo’u Beauty Restorer Lite (£35)
The gentle way to rejuvenate your skin.
Boasting the same remarkable benefits as our original Beauty Restorer, the Lite is ideal for more mature or delicate skin. It also serves as a gentle transition to body gua sha.
Made from 100% Xiuyan jade, revered for its restorative properties and certified to the highest of standards.
Please note, due to the nature of natural stone, the colour will vary slightly.
Hayo’u Revive Beauty Oil (30ml | £33)
Expect beautifully revived skin.
Formulated specifically to intensify the benefits of our award-winning gua sha tools the Hayo’u Beauty Oil is an uplifting blend of camellia and palmarosa oils infused with lotus flower, lemongrass and frankincense. Use this enriching oil for deeply reviving daily facial.
- Specially formulated to intensify the benefits of gua sha
- Iconic Chinese beauty ingredients for a dewy, radiant complexion
- Leaves skin deeply nourished and hydrated
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as part of your gua sha ritual
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Pongamia Glabra (Karanja) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Camellia Japonica (Camellia) Seed Oil, Calendula Ocinalis (Calendula) Flower Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Nelumbo Nucifera (White Lotus Absolute) Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Jasminum Ocinale (Jasmine Absolute) Flower Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Leaf Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Wood Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Isoeugenol, Farnesol, Benzyl Salicylate.
After cleansing my skin I warm up 2 drops of the face oil in my palms and inhale the gorgeous aromatic scent. I then apply the oil to my face and neck. The consistency is light and it absorbs well into the skin.
Next I follow the ritual using the Beauty Restorer Lite™
Press & Stroke
Press and stroke the Beauty Restorer Lite™ along your facial contours, as shown. Make eight small, quick sweeps in each direction, encouraging nutrients and oxygen to the skin’s surface.
Press & Turn
Use the curved tips of the tool to press and rotate slowly on the acupressure points shown, used in Chinese medicine to enhance your skin and nourish your complex
Gently glide the flat edge of the tool across your face, to even out your skin tone.
I follow the ritual every night, it feels so good and is the perfect way to de-stress after a long day. Honestly the results have been amazing! It’s like treating myself to a daily mini facial.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE MANY BENEFITS OF FACIAL GUA SHA
With the correct technique and consistent practice, Gua Sha can help to:
- Reduce Puffiness and dark circles from excess and trapped fluids
- Improve Circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to skin cells
- Reduce Tension in facial muscles, softening the face and reducing the formation of harsh expression lines
- Soften tissue adhesions which can inhibit the flow of vital fluids
- Promote skin clarity, reducing acne and congestion by improving the circulation of lymph and thereby eliminating toxins
- Expedites the healing of pimples and other skin issues
- Reduce Inflammation caused by excess impurities in the lymph
- Strengthens cells to improve collagen production
- Improves skin radiance and brightens complexion
- Contour, and Sculpt the face for a more refined features
- Lift and Tighten Skin
- Prepare the skin to better accept topical products for deeper and accelerated penetration
- Relieve headaches and sinus congestion
- Relax your body and nervous system to reduce stress anxiety, and even depression
Incorporating facial gua into my skincare routine has been one of the best things I’ve done for my skin and wellbeing.
Why not give it a try and see for yourself.
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