Gua Sha is a traditional health and beauty tool from ancient China. It is used to gently scrape the skin to increase micro-circulation and improve lymphatic drainage.
The process of cleaning your Gua Sha after use is fairly simple but is a necessary part of the entire treatment ritual. As the Gua Sha has to scrape smoothly across the skin in most cases you will use some form of Gua Sha oil as part of the treatment.
The need for an oil based product with Gua Sha treatments increases if the skin is looser and more prone to folding so removing this oil after treatment is essential.
When choosing an oil for use with the treatment make sure the oil is safe for the skin and preferably for oral consumption. We recommend green tea oil as it was traditionally used with the Gua Sha in ancient China and it is less greasy than most oils, so less likely to cause skin outbreaks.
Once you have finished the treatment wash the Gua Sha thoroughly with gentle dish washing liquid and warm water and dry thoroughly.
It is worth noting that doing this repeatedly over time will leech the colour out of some cheap Jade Gua Sha’s. This is because they are not in fact made from true nephrite jade but are made from the more serpentine stone common in India and the Afghan region. This type of jade is commonly called ‘false jade’. True jade will not be affected by this cleaning process.
Once it is dry spray the Gua Sha with either an isopropyl alcohol spray or a colloidal silver spray as either will kill 99.99% of bacteria. Let the Gua Sha dry and then return it to its silk box for safe keeping before the next treatment.
Just before you next use the Gua Sha it is worth spraying the crystal tools again to ensure that no bacteria is attached to the tools before treatment. Genuine silk is actually anti bacterial so this last step is particularly important if you are not storing the Gua Sha in a silk box or you are not sure the silk employed is authentic.
If spraying the Gua Sha again with isopropyl alcohol before using it is important to allow time for the alcohol to evaporate as otherwise it can dry out the skin. For this reason the colloidal silver spray is often preferable to the isopropyl alcohol.
If the Gua Sha are being used in clinic and on a variety of different people then it is often advisable to add the use of a UV sanitiser to the process as a secondary step to ensure maximum hygiene for your clients.
A quick recap of the process is included below. To learn more about the White Lotus Jade Gua Sha or Rose Quartz Gua Sha please follow the links
- Wash the Gua sha in warm water with gentle dishwashing liquid.
- Allow them to dry
- Spray the Gua Sha with Colloidal silver or isopropyl alcohol.
- Allow to dry and return to the silk lined box
- Before use spray again with colloidal silver or isopropyl alcohol and allow to dry.