Beauty treatments come at a cost. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness has probably never bought happiness in the form of Botox. 

This is one of the reasons why the beauty world has gone far and wide to find anything that could give the same level of magic as Botox, but in a much more affordable price range. 

This is where Gua Sha comes in. Again, Instagram and beauty blogs went abuzz with the hashtag #GuaSha as celebrities and influencers bought their own for home use. 

What exactly are they buying?  What is Gua Sha and what does it really do for our faces? Is it just as effective in reducing all those wrinkles like Botox?

Our curiosity has led us to do our own research. If you’re curious as well, read on to know everything about Gua Sha, its benefits, and how it compares to Botox.

Explaining Gua Sha and Its Benefits

Gua Sha is a Chinese word that literally translates to “scraping”. It’s the name of the technique and the tool that practitioners use to gently scrape their skin with. The tools are often made of divine-looking stones, such as jade and rose quartz, that exudes elegance and class. 

On this tool, there’s a soft-ended edge that will be rubbed on the surface of the skin.

Gua Sha Massage

Before it became Hollywood’s newest facial treatment, it was primarily used on one’s neck, back, legs, butt, and arms. The tool is scraped downwards using long, firm strokes to address the “chi” energy in one’s body that causes inflammation. 

To reduce inflammation and promote healing, the tool is scraped repeatedly on the skin’s surface.This massage was nowhere near gentle as those who go through it sometimes end up with bruises and redness, despite it being soothing and beneficial. 

Gua Sha Facial

In the beauty world, Gua Sha is often done on the face which obviously requires a much more gentle approach. 

Still, rose quartz or jade tools are used, but the tools are scraped in an upward motion to also pull up the skin on the face and reduce wrinkles, puffiness and facial inflammation. 

This is where people started considering Gua Sha as an alternative to Botox. 

The simple, yet repeated, upward motion of scraping the tool on your face has been shown to effectively reduce wrinkles while calming down the sluggish look on your face until you are looking youthful and bright again. 

How Does Gua Sha Compare to Botox?

Obviously, Gua Sha is way different than Botox. 

First of all, Gua Sha is not invasive like Botox—although Botox is arguably minimally invasive, you don’t need to endure a few moments with a needle in your face. 

You simply only need a tool to be scrapped in an upward motion; some people may even find this soothing enough to fall asleep during the facial.

Another difference is that Botox is a neurotoxin that paralyzes muscles as a way to fix wrinkles. While it does have its short-term effects on the skin, reports have shown that those who have been injected with Botox may have also had adverse effects such as fatigue, drooping eyelids, and uneven eyebrows.

However, there are countless amounts of dermatologists guaranteeing that Botox is still quite safe. It’s just that you need to be mindful about your doses and how frequently you get them to make sure you’re not overdoing it.

Gua Sha, on the other hand, virtually has no significant side effects apart from redness and bruising, if you apply too much pressure. However, it could take you some time before you actually see the effects. Gua Sha is not instant like Botox; patience is key to ultimately seeing the results you are striving for. 

Lastly, Gua Sha is nowhere near the price point of Botox. If you opt to purchase your own tool, it’s practically a one-time purchase. Unless you break it or drop it forcefully, it’s going to sit on your beauty counter for as long as you like. 

For Botox, on average you will spend around $10 to $20 per unit. And we all know one unit is not enough; you will have to have a few units each time you visit your dermatologist or esthetician. 

The Bottomline

So, among these two wrinkle-reducing beauty methods, which one would be the best option? That depends on how patient you are!

If you don’t mind waiting for results, then Gua Sha should be the obvious choice!  It’s not only more affordable, it’s also beneficial and relaxing, too.  However, if time is of the essence and you want quick and fast results, Botox should do the trick.