Jane here, guys! You’ve listened to me rave about Gua Sha for both the body and the face. I shared with you the best materials for gua sha boards. I’ve left out one thing though — the best oil for Gua Sha massages. Let’s tackle that today.
Gua Sha Oils
Gua Sha oils help your board run smoothly across your skin. If you choose well, it has the added benefit of nourishing and moisturizing your skin.
The oil used is a base or carrier. A carrier oil is a type of oil used to dilute the strength of essential oils to avoid irritation and other allergic reactions. It is called a carrier because it carries the essential oil onto the skin.
It can be used on its own or you can blend it with your choice of essential oils. If you decide to use essential oils, make sure they are therapeutic grade.
We have included five examples of oils that work well for Gua Sha. These are not “reviews” per se. When it comes to oil that is being applied to the skin, what works best varies from person to person.
Obviously, the face is a delicate area, and you need to think about your known and potential allergens before deciding on an oil to use with your Gua Sha facial.
Before using any oil on yourself, be sure to do a patch test first!
Top Five Gua Sha Oils
Traditionally in the East, peanut oil would have been used in Gua Sha. As many people have allergic reactions to peanuts in the West, this is commonly replaced with sweet almond oil.
Basic carrier oils such as jojoba and grapeseed oil are also used.
We are listing the below oils according to their ratings and popularity but as I keep saying, it’s all about what works best for your skin.
Gua Sha Oil
|4||Sweet Almond Oil||$$||8|
|3||Desert Essence Jojoba||$||8|
|2||Pure Grapeseed Oil||$$||9|
|1||CoCo Coconut Oil||$$||10|
#5: Endiglow Gua Sha Oil
Out of all our oils on this list, the Endiglow is the only brand sold especially for gua sha, cupping, and bodywork. Its essential oil is lavender which has soothing and relaxing properties.
- It has lavender essential oil and grape seed oil. Both great stuff!
- This oil is already diluted so you don’t need to add anything
- It has worked well with users who have a history of sensitive skin
- You’ll like this if you’re a fan of mild lavender scents.
- Because it is made in China, it doesn’t have the obligatory product information we’d expect.
- Dispenser is cheaply made
#4: Sweet Almond Oil AAA+
Almond oil is a wonderful food for the skin. It is rich in Vitamins A, B, and E. It is anti-aging and rejuvenating. If you’ve got dark circles, crow’s feet, and other such problem areas in your face, almond oil is a great natural moisturizing oil.
- Therapeutic grade; intended for use in body and face for beauty purposes
- Almond oil has many amazing benefits for the skin. Too long to mention here but for the face, it addresses psoriasis and eczema
- As a carrier massage oil, it has the added plus of having analgesic properties. This means it has the ability to reduce muscle pain and tension so that you feel instant relief
- Smells good to me (but this is subjective)
- Does not clog pores
- Low price
- Bottle is not filled to the brim
- Leaky pump
#3: Desert Essence Jojoba Oil
The Desert Essence oil is multi-purpose. You can use it for just about any part of your body. I’m a big fan of jojoba oil because of an old friend who had this amazing flawless skin. I was complaining about her perfect skin genes but she said her secret was her beauty regimen which included jojoba oil.
I can’t tell you enough just how popular this product is. There are literally tons of rave reviews for it.
- Odorless; perfect for sensitive skin
- Cold pressed so antioxidants are preserved
- Similar to almond oil, jojoba has a looooong list of skin benefits. These include addressing pimples, blackheads, and other skin blemishes.
- Makes your skin dewy, supple, and hydrated
- As a massage oil, it does not leave a greasy residue
- Low price
- There is a tiny percentage of buyers who complain about a rancid smell. A bad batch, maybe?
#2: Pure Grapeseed Oil
Another traditional carrier oil, grapeseed does tend to benefit from being combined with essential oils. On its own, however, it is an excellent option for oily skin.
I drink grape seed oil in capsules (food-grade) as a supplement and together with glutathione, it gives me super radiant skin. I also see other benefits especially when it comes to breast lumps but Philip will just tease me again for being a hippie. (Mail me if you are curious!)
- Ideal to be used as a massage oil because the texture is silky, thin, and non-greasy
- Will not clog pores; anti-aging, moisturizing, rejuvenating
- Addresses acne, wrinkles, age spots, and dark circles under the eyes
- Cold pressed
- Has a money back guarantee; Maple Holistics is a good brand
#1: CoCo Coconut Oil
If you’re a fan of pure organic extra virgin coconut oil, then give CoCo a shot.
Used on the skin, coconut oil is a completely natural, quite thick oil that works well for a cooling massage.
- When used for Gua Sha, it will take out some of the sting from the firm scrapings; it is also cooling so you get some relief
- Great for massage as it is light and melts beautifully when applied
- Really high-grade extra virgin coconut oil; especially made for beauty purposes
- You get all the benefits you can get from high-quality coconut oil; coconut oil is antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-microbial
- Cold pressed so all the good stuff is preserved
- Smells great if you like coconut scents
- Has money back guarantee
- Container is cheap plastic
- Smaller than expected
- A small percentage of users did not react well to coconut oil
- PURE Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Made Especially for Beauty. Thicker, Fuller Hair & Supple, Radiant Skin.
- EXCEPTIONALLY High Grade Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for Hair and Skin & Nails
- 5 STARS: "Highest grade, most pure, best tasting coconut oil for skin I have purchased" -Jennifer H.
To Sum Up
To find the best oil for Gua Sha use, you should take into consideration what has worked for you in the past. If you haven’t tried most of these oils, pick out your favorites from the list and give a couple a try. They’re inexpensive and if one of your picks doesn’t work out, you can always gift it to your sibling or a close friend.
Personally, the Maple Holistic’s grape seed oil was most suited for my skin and taste. CoCo is also awesome but I’m not a fan of coconut scents. See? Very petty, right? So you should give these oils a try and see what works best for you!
Even if you don’t do Gua Sha, these are excellent oils for moisturizing and giving your skin a level up.
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