The 6 Best Gua Sha Tools of 2023
If you've been on TikTok recently, you've probably come across at least a few videos of people running green or pink objects across their skin in repetitive strokes. The practice is called gua sha, and the objects are tools made of stones like jade and rose quartz. While most of the "trends" that live on TikTok have shorter life cycles than that of a fruit fly, the Chinese practice has already been around for thousands of years — some people are simply just getting the memo. “Gua sha literally means ‘to scrape sand’ in Mandarin,” Lin Chen, the founder of Pink Moon, tells InStyle. And although the blitz of TikTok videos landing on your For You Page might have you believe the practice is just for facial sculpting, "its healing capabilities extend far deeper," Chen says. Don't let the word "scrape" scare you off, though. The slow strokes won't actually tear or bruise the skin, and Chen confirms that gua sha is not only safe but "amazing for sensitive skin." That's why many use it as a form of self-care today. As with many wellness practices that have become mainstream, there is an influx of brands creating gua sha stones — that’s why it was important for us to feature products from AAPI-brands who have a rich history and connection to the art of gua sha. After conducting research and consulting with experts, we found the Yina Bian Stone Gua Sha stellar for addressing numerous skin concerns and reaching small and big areas alike. Whether you’re a gua sha newbie or have been incorporating the practice into your routine for years, find our favorite AAPI-owned gua sha tools below.
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