You probably have heard of gua sha or even tried it on your body in a TCM clinic. This is a traditional Chinese therapy that involves scraping your skin with a tool and is said to improve micro-circulation and improve your qi so that inflammation can be reduced and healing can occur.

Did you know that gua sha facial is a variant of this technique and is gaining popularity because of how it is able to achieve several skincare benefits?

You may associate gua sha with red, scary-looking marks for the TCM body treatments. Good news: gua sha facials aren’t the same. While they use a scraping tool and works using the same concept, they are a lot gentler and hardly leave behind any marks, if at all. Gua sha facials are sought after for their ability to deliver firming and lifting benefits, and to improve complexion’s overall radiance.

If you want to give gua sha facial treatment a try, consider one of these salons that offer them. We even reviewed one of them to find out what it’s like!

1. Probeau Wellness

probeau wellness reshape and radiant facial

Why Probeau Wellness?

Located just minutes away from Boon Keng MRT, Probeau Wellness is a firm favourite amongst those in the know thanks to the long-standing reputation built by its founder, Aileen Teng, who has been in the beauty service business for more than 20 years.

A huge advocate of living a life of health, beauty, and wellness from the inside out, Aileen and her team of skilled beauticians offer a suite of facials as well as diet advisory services to a pool of loyal customers that have entrusted their skin to Probeau Wellness for a long time – some have even frequented the beauty salons for more than seven years!

Reshape & Radiant Facial is one such effective facial that many of Probeau’s patrons love.

Our review of Reshape & Radiant Facial at Probeau Wellness

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Reshape & Radiant Facial is an East-meets-West facial designed to remove water retention, stimulate cell regeneration, and impart radiance and firmness to the skin. By targeting the meridian acupressure points on your face and neck and performing lymphatic drainage actions, the facial is said to give you a V-shaped jawline after just one session.

With such bold claims, it naturally raised my eyebrow when I was offered the opportunity to review the facial. I told myself, I’d probably step out with a complexion that’s less dull at most, but definitely not a slimmer face.

After one hour and 30 minutes spent with my therapist, Chloe, I was proven wrong with the results I saw on my face and skin. Not only did it remove the dullness in my skin, but the facial has also successfully reshaped my face as promised!

Following a double cleanse ritual, she whipped out a pair of tools (which I later learned was made of buffalo horn) and started scraping along my jawline and pressing on specific acupressure points on my face. These qi-relieving movements were said to help improve my blood circulation and rebalance my yin and yang energies while clearing blockages and dispelling toxins.

During this unusual detox treatment, my facialist had asked me if I get splitting headaches often as she massaged on my temple and forehead. I was mind blown to have been asked such an accurate question, and when I said ‘yes’, she said that the blockages in my face are the cause of my frequent migraine.

The gua sha massage was a lot firmer than what I was used to getting in other facials, but the results – as you can see in the image above – were definitely worth the mild discomfort in my opinion.

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The effective lymphatic drainage massage extended to my neck and shoulder area, which she had observed to be a little too thick and stiff. While I told my therapist that the chunkiness is likely from my size, she said that it’s most likely a result of water retention as well and proceeded to correct the said areas.

Following the massage on my neck and shoulder, it felt as though a weight had been lifted off my shoulders because they felt much lighter than before. My neck, which typically looked chunky, seemed to appear less puffy at the front and on the sides. The creases on my neck appeared to look softer too.

Before wrapping up the facial, Chloe applied a special skincare blend that was said to help encourage cellular renewal while I sleep through the night. She took great care in massaging the formula, which was slightly thicker and oilier than most serums and moisturisers, into my skin so that it can fully absorb all the nourishment and goodness.

With such positive results within the first session, it’s little wonder that gua sha facials are a popular and effective alternative to surgical facelifts globally. Plus, the detox treatment, which can be performed by any of Aileen’s experienced facialists, offers a host of benefits to the overall health as well – what’s not to love?

If you are dealing with dull, sagging skin, it is recommended to go for Probeau’s Reshape & Radiant Facial every week before switching to a monthly course for maintenance. Those with very sensitive skin, acne-prone skin or sunburnt skin, however, should avoid this treatment.

What’s the price of the Reshape & Radiant Facial offered at Probeau Wellness?

The 90-minute Reshape & Radiant Treatment is priced affordably at S$128. First-timers can even enjoy it for a special price of S$68!

Location and contact information

Address: 23 Bendemeer Road, #01-515, Singapore 330023
Contact: 6297 3353, 9880 7333 (click on the number to send a WhatsApp message)
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 6pm (Sat & Sun)
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2. Renaza Wellness Lifestyle Lab

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Why Renaza?

Gua sha treatment also offers great therapy for your eye area. The detoxification benefits of gua sha can help with eliminating the look of wrinkles, spots, dark eye circles, eye bags, and promote blood circulation around the eye contours.

If you’re giving your eyes the pampering they deserve with a gua sha facial for your eyes, consider the Eye Rescue Gold Therapy with Jade Gua Sha at Renaza Wellness Lifestyle Lab. This facial begins with an acupressure massage followed by a gentle gua sha therapy around the eyes and finishes with a lymphatic drainage massage.

The super luxurious facial uses jade, a traditional tool for massage, during the gua sha step. Jade is used because of its ability to balance the qi in the body, cool down skin’s temperature, and ability to soothe and detoxify. A gold-infused mineral mask will also be applied to further pamper your eye area.

What do people say about Renaza?

With a rating of 4.7 out of five stars (from 28 Facebook reviews), Renaza has been described as a salon staffed with professional beauticians who are friendly and attentive. Many are long-time customers who visit regularly because they have seen improvements to their skin condition since they started going for facials at Renaza.

What’s the price and where to get it?

Eye Rescue Gold Therapy with Jade Gua Sha

Location

  • 8A Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Link Mall, #B2-23, Singapore 018984

3. Chrysalis Spa Best deal!

Why Chrysalis Spa?

Chrysalis Spa’s Guasha Anti-ageing/Lifting Facial uses a special massage technique designed to relieve muscle tension of the face, boost blood circulation, among others for a slimmer, V-shaped face look. They also use Gua Sha methods to professionally detox the skin for a clean and youthful glow, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in time.

What do people say about Chrysalis Spa?

There are many blog entries talking about Chrysalis Spa, mostly focused on those who have visited Chrysalis Spa wrote about its relaxing ambience and attentive beauticians. The bloggers were also impressed by the range of services the spa offers, as well as the results that they managed to achieve within just one session.

What’s the price and where to get it?

Guasha Anti-ageing/Lifting Facial

Locations

  • 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, AMK Hub, #03-26, Singapore 569933
  • 9 Scotts Road, Pacific Plaza, #03-13, Singapore 228210
  • 63 Jurong West Central 3, Jurong Point 1, #03-04, Singapore 648331

4. Skin Lab 360

Gua Sha Facial Treatment Singapore Skin Lab 360

Why Skin Lab 360?

Light therapy can be used to improve the function of your cells by enhancing the benefits of the facial products that were used on you. So the combination of gua sha to improve micro-circulation and light therapy is rather powerful – both make sure that the active ingredients of skincare products are able to penetrate even better and work more effectively on your skin. This is why the LED (Energy) Light Treatment with Guasha treatment by Skin Lab 360 is so popular.

The facial treatment uses green light therapy, which is good for anti-ageing. This facial also helps improve dilated capillaries, sagging skin around the eyes, under-eye circles, and pigmentation. The light therapy is supported by a gua sha treatment. The therapist scrapes skin with a combination of short and long strokes to stimulate micro-circulation so that skin can look brighter and more lifted.

What do people say about Skin Lab 360?

Skin Lab 360 has achieved glowing reviews on Facebook, evident from its rating of 4.9 out of five stars, based on 19 reviews. Most customers rave about their meticulous service and the improvement they notice of their skin condition after a few treatments.

One of the reviewers even said that she has been a customer for more than 20 years and have always been mistaken as being in her 30s, even though she’s already in her 50s! (We were curious and checked out her profile image. Yes, it’s legit!)

What’s the price and where to get it?

LED (Energy) Light Treatment with Guasha treatment

Location

1 Jalan Anak Bukit, Bukit Timah Plaza, #B1-14, Singapore 588996

5. VIA Beauty Best Facebook rating!

Massage Of Face For Woman In Spa Salon

Why VIA Beauty?

Heartland salon chain, VIA Beauty, provides two detailed Gua Sha services that reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and dark eye circles:

  • Signature Gua Sha + Bo Jin Facial, which promises lifted, brightened and radiant skin by improving blood circulation (and apparently helps with your sinuses too!) and
  • Gua Sha Detoxification Therapy, which cleanses the skin of impurities and removes dead skin cells, while stimulating blood circulation for youthful skin.

What do people say about VIA Beauty?

With an impressive rating of five out of five stars (based on the opinion of 15 people) on Facebook, VIA Beauty is certainly one of the hidden gems more people should know about. Reviewers all say that their services are affordable and its staff offers good customer service. One of the reviews posted in November 2019 also said that there was no hard-selling and she saw results after the first facial treatment.

What’s the price and where to get it?

90 mins Gua Sha Detoxification Therapy (Toa Payoh outlet only)

Signature Gua Sha + Bo Jin Facial

Locations

  • 107 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-256, Singapore 310107
  • Block 306 Woodlands Street 31, #01-31B, Singapore 730306