Move over, jade roller – there’s another beauty tool on the block we can’t stop hearing about – the jade scraper. Also known as a gua sha tool, this little flat pebble of jade is praised near and far for its ability to chisel out cheekbones you didn’t even know existed, de-puff eye bags, and turn up the dial on skin brightness.
Gua sha is a facial therapy method that promotes lymphatic drainage, which helps to eliminate bloating caused by interstitial fluid (fluid trapped under your skin that needs to be released to your lymph system).
When practiced correctly, gua sha:
- Stimulates circulation
- Helps produce collagen
- Softens fine lines and wrinkles
- Decreases puffiness
- Decreases inflammation
- Diminishes dark circles
- Temporarily tightens skin
- Brightens complexion
- Sculpts facial muscles
- Releases tightness
Chinese medicine practitioner David Peters indicates that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to practicing gua sha. "I like to use a combination of short and long strokes across the areas that need it," he adds. Lymph nodes are located beneath the surface of the skin. "An easy, feather-like stroke of a gentle facial gua sha technique is all it takes to flush the lymph into your body’s drainage system.”