🌿 The Benefits of Using Black Bian Stone Gua Sha

🌿 The Benefits of Using Black Bian Stone Gua Sha

In skincare and self-care, ancient wisdom often reveals hidden treasures that continue to astound us with their effectiveness. While the traditional body gua sha has a long history in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). One characteristic feature is the appearance of red or purple marks on the skin, known as "sha," which are the result of blood and lymph being brought to the surface in response to the scraping.

Applying gua sha techniques to the face is a more contemporary development, associated with the rise of holistic and natural beauty practices. Facial gua sha has gained popularity in skincare routines worldwide, becoming a staple in many individuals' daily or weekly rituals used to stimulate the body's energy flow, relieve discomfort and promote a natural healthy glow.

Why Bian Stone

Bian Stone, also known as "Bian Shi", "Yin Stone," or “Black Jade” is a type of healing stone used in TCM and various complementary therapies. This ancient therapy predates acupuncture and is believed to have therapeutic properties, including improving circulation, promoting relaxation, and reducing muscle tension. Black Bian Stone, in particular, was historically used to create the first acupuncture tools due to its reputed healing properties.

Bian Stone Origins

The exact geological origin of Bian Shi is not fully understood, but it is composed of various minerals and trace elements, contributing to its purported therapeutic properties in TCM. Black Bian Stone, one of the most common types, is believed to have detoxifying and healing properties, making it ideal for massage therapy and gua sha. Black Bian Shi is primarily mined from specific regions in China, including Anhui and Shandong.

Chinook Skincare’s Gua Shas are crafted from certified Bian Shi sourced from Anhui, and due to the minerals and trace elements, each Bian Stone Gua Sha is truly unique.

Tool Selection

Choosing a facial gua sha tool made of materials like jade, rose quartz, or other smooth stones is crucial for delicate facial skin. Chinook’s Bian Stone Gua Sha Tool, with its purposefully shaped sides, provides different contours for various facial areas, offering a high-quality, all-in-one tool for effective skincare routines. The tool should be a smooth-edged instrument that is moved in specific directions along muscles or meridian lines, in order to release deep-seated tension, reduce puffiness and promote the free flow of vital nutrients to feed the skin and support healthy-looking skin.

The Science Behind Gua Sha

Gua sha has beneficial short-term effects on pain and functionality, especially in chronic neck pain, improving significantly after one week. Additionally, gua sha has been shown to increase microcirculation in the treated area, benefiting the smallest blood vessels. This improvement in microcirculation can have several advantages for the skin. 

Benefits of a Bian Stone Gua Sha Facial

With proper technique, using Bian stone gua sha on your face may offer many benefits, including:

  1. Enhanced Circulation and Lymphatic Drainage

In facial gua sha, the goal is to target stagnation and restore the flow of qi for healthy-looking skin and tissue. Stagnation can look like excess fluid buildup in the face. The gentle yet purposeful scraping motion of a Bian stone gua sha across your face can work wonders for your circulation and lymphatic system. This action stimulates blood flow, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells while aiding in removing waste products and toxins or blockages that can lead to acne, rosacea, puffiness, dark circles and sensitivities. By increasing movement through massage and restoring inner mobility, it can promote the skin to naturally flourish and develop a fresh, healthy glow that radiates from within. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump like the heart to propel lymph fluid. Instead, it relies on the contraction of muscles during movement, breathing, and external stimuli to circulate lymph throughout the body.

  1. Natural Contouring and Lift

The ergonomic shape of Chinook Skincare Bian stone gua sha makes it an excellent tool for sculpting and contouring facial features. By targeting specific pressure points and following the natural curves of your face, you can help tone and tighten the skin, giving you a more radiant appearance over time.

  1. Tension Release and Relaxation

In our fast-paced lives, stress can often manifest as tension in our facial muscles. A Bian stone gua sha can provide a luxurious massage that eases this tension, promoting relaxation and well-being. As the tool glides along your skin, it stimulates acupressure points known to alleviate stress, potentially even reducing headaches and jaw clenching.

  1. Enhanced Product Absorption 

Pairing your skincare products with gua sha can be a game-changer. The gentle scraping motion helps your skincare penetrate deeper into your skin, allowing them to work more effectively. The Chinook Supefruit Gel-to-Milk Cleanser is an oily gel full of antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids that nourish the skin and give the gua sha the perfect glide on the skin.  This synergy between the gua sha, and your products amplifies their benefits, helping you achieve your skin goals faster.

  1. Detoxification

The act of gua sha itself, particularly with the Bian stone, can aid in detoxification. The friction created by the tool can encourage the release of toxins and impurities from the skin, leaving you with a clearer complexion. This detoxifying effect can contribute to a healthier-looking complexion that exudes vitality.

  1. Mind-Body Connection

Using a Bian stone gua sha on your face can become a meditative experience connecting you with your body. As you dedicate time to this practice, you permit yourself to slow down, be present, and nurture your skin. This mindfulness can profoundly impact your overall well-being, reminding you to prioritize self-care in your daily routine.


The journey through ancient wisdom continues to redefine our approach to skincare and self-care. The fusion of traditional practices with contemporary science reveals a holistic method that not only enhances the skin's appearance but also nurtures the mind-body connection.

In the pursuit of radiant and revitalized skin, the Bian Stone Gua Sha becomes more than a beauty tool—it becomes a conduit for a mindful, meditative experience. The act of self-care, paired with the mystical properties of the Black Bian Stone, invites us to slow down, be present, and prioritize our well-being. In this convergence of ancient wisdom and modern understanding, the Bian Stone Gua Sha transcends its geological origins to become a timeless companion on the journey to holistic skincare and a radiant, balanced life.

Megan Houde

Certified Organic Formulator

Certified in Gua Sha Facial Massage


Chinook Skincare

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