How to Clean Gua Sha Tools
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.
Obviously, since the jade Gua Sha is scraped over the skin, it is very important for your dermatological health that you keep it properly cleaned. 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.
Gua Sha Oil
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 mark sure the oil is safe for the skin and preferably for oral consumption.
Green tea oil, which was traditionally paired with the Gua Sha in ancient China, is the most strongly recommended substance – due to the fact that it is much less greasy than other, more modern oils, it is less likely to cause outbreaks when applied to the skin.
Once you have finished the treatment wash the Gua Sha thoroughly with gentle dishwashing liquid and warm water and dry thoroughly. However, it is worth noting that should you do so excessively, you may find some of the colour draining from your Gua Sha, especially if it is a cheaper piece. 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’. As true jade will not be affected by the cleaning process, it is advisable, should this happen.
Isopropyl alcohol or Colloidal Silver Spray
Once it is dry spray the Gua Sha with either an isopropyl alcohol spray or a colloidal silver spray – either one will kill almost any lingering 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.
When spraying the Gua Sha again with isopropyl alcohol before using it is important to allow time for the alcohol to evaporate – failing to do so may result in the skin drying out next time the Gua Sha is used. For this reason the colloidal silver spray is often preferable to the isopropyl alcohol.
For obvious reasons, proper cleanliness is especially necessary if the Gua Sha are being used in clinic and on a variety of different people. Adding a UV sanitizer to the process can do a great deal to increase the effectiveness of the cleansing, keeping things sanitary and ensuring that the integrity of the treatment process is properly maintained for all of your clients.
The Gua sha is a traditional Chinese facial massager. Itcan be used effectively with jade rollers and other facial rollers to create a completely natural facial.
A quick recap of the process is included below. To learn more about the White Lotus Jade Gua Sha of Rose Quartz Gua Sha please follow the links
How to Clean My Gua Sha Tool
- 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.