There is a saying that everything old is new again, and that is certainly true on social media. With thousands of years of history to lean on, very little that happens on social media is truly original, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Such is the case with gua sha, the skin care regimen and beauty treatment that is currently taking the internet by storm. If you have been spending time on TikTok, you have no doubt seen the influencers talking about gua sha and extolling its many benefits, but just what is this skin care regimen and why is it suddenly so popular?
The huge number of TikTok videos about gua sha mostly share the same basic format – a TikTok star films themselves applying a special smooth angled stone to their face, passing it over their forehead, cheeks and jaw and leaving behind a smoother, shinier and more sculpted appearance. Gua sha boosters claim that the regular use of these special stones can reduce wrinkles, eliminate puffiness, relieve redness and leave their skin looking better than ever before. Given the enormous popularity of gua sha on TikTok and other social media platforms, it is easy to think that the trend is brand new, but like so much on social media gua sha has been around far longer than the online world.