As advanced as we may be as a culture, it seems like time and time again we are harkening back to a simpler, more traditional and organically-driven approach to not only skincare, but full body healing and recovery. At Green City Beauty, we provide alternatives to traditional waxing in Philly, and we follow this simple and established philosophy of skincare, one that prioritizes timeless techniques over contemporary fads and trends.
One of these such traditional techniques is the ancient art of gua sha. This centuries-old technique is derived from the ancient Chinese, and may have promising benefits for practitioners, from repair and regeneration to healing, and recovery. And we’re proud to offer this centuries-old practice to our customers at Green City Beauty.
The Principles of Gua Sha
As a prominent Chinese treatment, gua sha has origins dating back to the 5th-7th century. Roughly translated as “to scrape wind,” gua sha is used widely, even today, in eastern countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, and of course, China.
The treatment involves using repeated gentle strokes with a small, smooth-edged jade stone over facial skin. The skin is first massaged with a natural serum or balm and a jade stone instrument gently manipulates and sweeps skin in targeted areas.
According to Chinese traditional medicine, gua sha can not only release tension and discomfort, but small studies have shown it to provide a host of other benefits for the face. The all-natural anti-aging facial therapy of gua sha can:
- Decongest skin
- Improve circulation
- Help the discomfort of sinus pressure
- Release facial tension
- Reduce pore size
- Help clear acne
- Detoxify skin
- Improve skin renewal
- Provide brighter, radiant, and healthier skin
At Green City Beauty, we incorporate all-natural, time-tested, and proven techniques and treatments to get your skin looking smoother, younger, and more luminous. Let us beautify and rejuvenate your skin with a gua sha treatment from one of our skin specialists.
To schedule an appointment for gua sha, or for the best alternative to waxing in Philly, call us at 267-209-3096!