• Gemma Corby

Facial Gua Sha: a natural alternative to Botox?

Updated: Aug 13

During lockdown, I have been using my extra spare time to learn a little about the benefits of Chinese medicine – namely a therapeutic massage technique known as gua sha. I have made a video detailing what I have learnt; I also demonstrate a quick and easy facial gua sha routine. Click on the image below to watch.


Gua sha is used in traditional Chinese medicine to promote the circulation of the blood and boost lymphatic drainage. Gua means to ‘scrape or rub’, whereas sha means ‘redness’. There are suggestions that gua sha has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

I first encountered gua sha in 2015, when I lived in London and I was suffering with a literal pain in the neck. My reflexologist suggested it to me, and it worked a treat – in fact I would go as far as to say that it is the only thing that has helped relieve my suffering!


When I had gua sha on my neck and back. This photo was taken in 2016, when I was living in London.

So, when I heard about facial gua sha, I was intrigued – especially when I heard it’s a natural alternative to Botox.

In this video I use a cheap jade gua sha tool – which I think is a good way to start if you’re a bit restricted in terms of cash flow. I just wanted to try it, to see what I thought and figure out if I could fit it into my daily routine. I have been really pleased with the results, to the point that I feel confident enough to leave the house without a scrap of makeup on.

In this video, I show you my quick gua sha routine, which I do twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. I tend to spend longer in the evening – as I am usually in a rush in the morning.

Please give it a watch and let me know what you think! Click on the image at the top of the page to be taken directly to the video.

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