Here’s How to do Gua Sha Facial Massage at Home

Your weekend anti-aging skin beauty project.

 What is gua sha?

Gua sha is an ancient Chinese medical therapy that uses a scraping motion to clear congestion, stimulate blood flow and draw out toxin buildup. In Western countries, it’s sometimes called ‘spooning’ or ‘coining’ – common gua sha tools include smooth-edged, flat objects like ceramic soup spoons, coins, animal horns or jade.



What are the benefits of gua sha for skin?

  • Diminishes lines and wrinkles
  • Brightens skin and evens out skin tone
  • Reduces double chin and sagging
  • Lifts facial contours for a firmer appearance
  • Restores skin’s inner radiance
  • Promotes lymphatic circulation and detoxifies skin
  • Improves acne and pimples


How do I do it?



Before: Apply cream or gel mask on a clean, dry face.

Step 1: Using your guasha board, start from the ‘third eye’ (the space between your brows). Scrape in one fluid motion towards the hairline. Repeat five times.

Step 2: From the side of the nose, sweep the guasha board diagonally upwards towards the ear. Apply light pressure to the temple with the board. Repeat five times and switch sides.

Step 3: From the middle of the chin, sweep the board towards the earlobe, following your jawline. Repeat five times and switch sides.

After: Massage your face with fingertips to let the mask soak in and rinse off.



  • All gua sha movements should be done in one single direction, never back and forth.
  • You can get a gua sha board at Daiso for only RM5.30 (It’s labeled as a ‘face plate’)!
  • You’ll experience a dull ache on certain points for the first few times – these are lymphatic points. The more toxins you have accumulated in your system, the more painful it will be. Don’t worry, it will go away after a few times of gua sha!


Watch a demo below:


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