You may have recently heard beauty influencers promote a new type of facials: gua sha.
In fact, Gua sha isn’t new at all! Gua sha, which means “to scrape away illness” has roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been around for thousands of years. According to the principles of TCM, your qi (or energy) needs to continually flow through your body to keep you feeling your best. Stagnant qi is believed to cause health problems. Gua sha supposedly moves "qi" to help improve circulation and promote healing.
As of last year, the hashtag #guasha had accumulated more than 432 million views on TikTok. So why have gua sha facials seen this surge in popularity and what can they do for you?