How to Gua Sha

Ever wondered what exactly all the "skinfluencers" are talking about when mentioning Gua Sha? Well, in a nutshell its an ancient Chinese practice of facial massage used to promote circulation and reduce puffiness. Here's our quick guide to using the sculpting tool and its benefits.

What is Gua Sha

“Gua sha was originally used for two conditions: the abrupt, immediate, sudden collapse of the body from heatstroke and seasonal diseases, like a cold virus.” Ping Zhang- traditional Chinese medicine guru. 

Traditionally, gua sha could be performed with whatever tool was on hand—an animal bone or horn, a soup spoon, a coin—and was used as far back as the Yuan Dynasty to revive farmers who collapsed with exhaustion from working under the hot sun. It then evolved into a traditional Chinese healing technique that many have turned to. Gua Sha has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine and is also practiced in other Asian cultures with variations in the tools and techniques used.

How to Gua Sha

Literally translating to 'scraping', Gua sha involves scraping the skin with a smooth-edged instrument to release muscle tension, improve circulation, and promote the body’s natural healing process. 

We recommend putting on our Lesse Ritual Serum to moisten the skin. Then with your Lesse Sculpting Tool apply light pressure on the skin and gently stroke upward from neck then back down into the slope of your shoulder and along the collarbone. Take the tool from the base of the neck and move it upwards towards your jawline and back down. Moving onto the face, you should follow the natural curve of your chin and work upwards to the ear and back down, then the cheekbones from the nose outwards towards the ear, and finally moving the tool from the top of the brow bone towards the hairline.

Key Benefits

  • Sculpts & lifts
  • Defines the jawline, cheekbones and browbones
  • Smooths fine lines
  • Drains puffiness
  • Promotes circulation
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Expels toxins


"A sculpting face tool has been an essential in my skin care practice for years, for its compelling ability to naturally define and smooth.

Though just as meaningful is the impact it will have on how your will skin feel and function with this daily practice; increasing circulation to decongest below the surface, improving oxygen flow to repair damaged skin tissue, and providing pathways for essential nutrients to reach cells.

This is a ritual best practiced gently, with consistency. Our interpretation comes in stainless steel, a last-forever material to support your skin for years to come." Neada Deters- Lesse Founder

Our Lesse Sculpting Tool is made from anitmicrobial and shatter proof stainless steel and is the perfect addition to your skincare ritual.