Gua sha, a Chinsese beauty trend is all the latest craze among beauty lovers. With celebs and influencers claiming that the heart-shaped jade stone when pressed and massaged to the skin helps reduce wrinkles in addition to balancing the flow of our body’s energy, clearer skin and also possibly sculpted appearance, the latest trend seems to minus out the dangerous trend of going under the knife. So, it is really effective as trends claim it to be? To find out the real truth behind this beauty trend, HuffPost sat down with beauty experts, a gua sha practitioner and an aesthetic medical doctor and this is what they have to say,
U.K.-based Katie Brindle, a Chinese medicine expert who has researched the subject since 2002 talking to the news portal on the beauty trend said,
“We consider that beauty is the exterior manifestation of interior health,”. “This stands to good reason as you never look your best when you are feeling unwell. The idea is, focus on your health and beauty will follow. Shiny hair, a healthy weight, glowing skin â€• in Chinese medicine, these are all signs your organs are happy.”
“Using a gua sha tool allows you to work deeper into the muscles and fascia than by using fingers alone, so you can consciously release where you are tight,” Brindle said.
“Facial gua sha activates acupressure points along the 12 major meridian lines in your face’’ she adds.
Nyla Raja, an aesthetic doctor and founder of the U.K.-based aesthetics and medispa clinic however didn’t quite sink in to claims that the use of a stone can give us the face lift result. Explaining that the stone wont’ be able to effectively get under the epidermis of the skin to uplift the skin’s elasticity, Nyla said,
“Using a jade gua sha tool at home essentially gives your face a mini workout â€• you are stimulating blood circulation, which increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients to the skin, which can improve skin health,”
“However, it is unlikely that the effects of gua sha are able to reach this layer, and so does probably not stimulate or strengthen elastin production’’ she added.