The remarkable ancient Chinese beauty technique that reduces premature ageing

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You can’t begin to be beautiful if you’re not well. There is a growing realisation that we can only be our most beautiful selves when we are in our most healthy state – be it physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, professionally or spiritually. This aligns with what Chinese medicine advocates: namely that beauty is an external manifestation of our internal health. The better our overall health, the more beautiful we can look. Stress is widely agreed to have a detrimental effect on our beauty and physical health. With current beauty products failing to address this negative impact, how can the Hayo’u Method help? Stress has a negative impact because the ‘fight or flight’ response diverts blood away from the skin and into the muscles. This process results in less oxygen and vital nutrients passing into the skin, muscle tension, inflexible fascia and stagnant lymph. Other signs of ageing we dread such as fine lines, dryness and sagging skin are also worsened by stress. For example, sagging skin is the result of decreased blood flow and dehydration where the stress response has leached vitamins, blood and moisture from the skin and diverted it to the muscles. Stress is also a key element in inflammatory skin conditions such as Rosacea, which is exacerbated if you deal with stress by using alcohol, especially red wine, which increases the likelihood of Rosacea and broken capillaries. Also, our skin has a protective barrier formed of healthy oils known as lipids. Stress reduces this barrier, causing lipids to evaporate and resulting in fine lines and dry skin. Even with the best skincare this rich, moist barrier is hard to replace. Chronic stress is widely believed to accelerate biological ageing. Scientists have found that age-related damage to DNA and proteins is often reversible and does not cause problems until the damage evokes a stress response. This would suggest that stress, rather than the damage itself, is at least partially responsible for age-related deterioration. Gua sha is a natural healing technique revered across Asia for its beauty benefits. What sets it apart as a beauty treatment is its unique ability to engage with the circulation under the skin to draw in nutrients. In addition to applying an oil to the surface of your skin, you are also activating your own body to do the work from the inside. It’s easy, on-hand, inexpensive, combines with all existing beauty routines and is completely natural. Gua sha has been shown to increase microcirculation by 400%. This restores blood flow to the area boosting collagen and elastin, improves elasticity of the skin and manipulates areas of tension to stimulate and regenerate cells. It also reduces fine lines, pigmentation, sagging skin and uneven skin tone and promotes lymphatic drainage, which eliminates toxins and helps to reduce congestion and puffiness. Gua sha is generally practised with a special jade massage tool. Jade has been used in Chinese facial massage for thousands of years and revered for its restorative, cooling properties. It’s the perfect stone to effortlessly manipulate areas of tension in the fascia of the face and restore circulation via Gua sha.

What You'll Need

  • Jade gua sha massage tool

What You'll Do

Tips & Warnings

  • *Gua Sha is a treatment designed to relieve muscular pain and tension and improve circulation. Results vary according to age, strength of body, skin type and medical conditions. At no point should treatment feel painful. Always start gently, observing the reaction to your skin and proceed with caution. If in any doubt, contact us at or seek medical advice. This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.
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