Three Gua Sha Mistakes to Avoid: Here’s How Not to Gua Sha Your Face


The Chinese skincare technique known as gua sha is all the rage these days. Anyone with an account on Instagram, TikTok, or even Facebook can type “#guasha” into the search bar to find all kinds of information about how this form of skincare works. While gua sha can be done all over the body, it’s predominantly used on the face and neck areas.

Stainless steel, jade green, and rose quartz stand out as some of the most popular tools to use. They’re not only quite affordable to purchase online, but they’re also uniquely designed to work on the face’s natural shapes and crevices.

Whether you’re new to this form of skincare or have been doing it for many years, there are three dangerous gua sha mistakes to avoid.

Not cleaning your face first

Gua sha should always be done on a clean face. Your face needs to be washed with soap and water before you get your stone out to start scraping. Gua sha-ing a dirty face largely defeats the purpose of this skincare. It also makes you more at risk for scrubbing toxins and impurities deeper into your face.