The Chinese Wellness Ritual Popping Up All Over L.A.

Amanda Eberstein | September 20, 2019 | Style & Beauty

Wildling is the first company devoted to gua sha.

For centuries, the practice of gua sha—using a handheld tool to scrape the face and body, essentially moving around energy while relieving tension, contouring the skin and improving circulation—has been a powerful ritual in Chinese medicine. Now, it’s popping up all over L.A. with decidedly modern results. Hollywood esthetician Biba de Sousa was one of the first in town to adapt the technique, developing a signature facial ($300 per hour) as well as a rose quartz board ($28) that she uses on clients such as Emily Blunt and Mandy Moore. Meanwhile, massage mecca The Now offers a gua sha enhancement (additional $10) to provide focused attention to especially tense areas. As well, L.A. beauty brand Odacité has developed tools in blue sodalite, green aventurine and rose quartz ($45), which can be used at home or experienced at Malibu’s Calamigos Ranch Spa, which just launched the Odacité Temple of Beauty facial ($150). Lastly, Pacific Palisades-based Wildling is the first company devoted entirely to gua sha. In addition to a signature Empress Stone ($65), products include a detoxifying tonic ($49) and plumping oil ($79) made with ingredients such as sweet fern and Bulgarian rose.

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