Gua Sha 101
Gua sha sculpts the face and moves stagnant energy, increasing circulatory flow and lymphatic drainage. Regular gua sha facials promote collagen production and lift facial muscles to create a more defined jawline and cheekbones, but you’ll notice a reduction in inflammation, tension, and puffiness after a single session.
To get started with gua sha facials, you’ll need a gua sha stone (we love this one from Wildling) and a facial oil or serum to help the gua sha tool glide over your face. This is key—if the gua sha is pulling at your skin, it will do more harm than good!
Best Gua Sha Serums and Oils for Oily Skin
Viva Naturals Organic Jojoba Oil
If you’ve read our post on using jojoba oil for skin, you already know that its composition is so similar to facial sebum that it doesn’t clog pores, making it a great choice for oily skin.
Odacité Jo + L Clogged Pores
When your skin is both oily and irritated, this soothing serum is the remedy. Jojoba oil minimizes the appearance of pores while lavender calms and balances the skin.
Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Balancing Oil
Although it’s not the best idea to do a gua sha facial if you’re in the midst of a bad breakout, tea tree oil makes this ideal for anyone who suffers from occasional acne.
Best Gua Sha Serums and Oils for Dry Skin
KORA Organics Noni Glow Face Oil
This oil absorbs quickly into dehydrated skin to leave you glowing. It’s also an excellent gua sha serum for evening tone and diminishing the effects of sun damage and scarring.
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
Use this hydrating oil on its own or combine it with a soothing essential oil like chamomile or lavender to alleviate redness too.
Best Gua Sha Serums and Oils for Combination Skin
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
This oil works for all skin types, but it’s especially great for balancing skin with uneven texture.
Skinowl Geranium Drops
Geranium oil is one of the best essential oils for balancing skin and evening tone, making this a go-to for combination skin types.
Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil
Squalane has the magical ability to balance excess oil and provide intense hydration, all while firming the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Best Gua Sha Serums and Oils for Aging Skin
ÓLEO PARA A FACE Kaya Anti-Aging Face Oil
This anti-aging face oil is worth the splurge. It’s rich in lipids, essential fatty acids, omegas 3, 6, and 9, and powerful antioxidants and it absorbs well, leaving your face feeling radiant rather than greasy.
100% Pure Restorative Sea Culture Replenishing Serum
This silky-smooth serum hydrates and restores thirsty skin thanks to seaweed polysaccharides and olive squalane.
Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum
This naturally-derived retinol alternative might just be your holy grail skincare product. It hydrates, smooths fine lines and wrinkles, and it does it all without irritation.