This recipe/concept/practice of Gua Sha isn’t new, I didn’t invent it. It has actually been around for a lonnnnnnng time, but I don’t think it gets the airplay it deserves so I’m going to bring awareness to it!
Skin exfoliation, and purification, with sodium bicarbonate and vodka, is what I am talking about.
Gua Sha (Guasha – I’ve seen it spelled both ways), historically used in ancient Chinese medicine, involved using a tool to scrape the skin, promoting wellness by cleansing the skin of unwanted toxins, bacteria, yeast, fungus etc. The way I understand it, is that modern cultures have replaced the Gua Sha tool (and painful practice – seriously, it leaves skin red and bruised) with a simple mix of bicarb and vodka. Sounds easy enough, right?
So, if you haven’t given it a go yet, you’re missing out. The squeaky clean feel you get afterwards really is somethin’ else and according to Tyler Tolman, it cleanses the skin to such a level that it will help you to tan without burning, and will keep your skin looking fresh and healthy.
I must add that, in my opinion, this is something you might not want to do more than once a week. I’m not a big fan of alcohol in skin care and find this practice to be quite drying. My concern is that doing this daily, as some suggest, would strip the skin of essential fats and bacteria. It’s also important to moisturise afterwards, either with olive or coconut oil, or with something like my Whipped Body Cream or Sunscreen.
Skin Scrub with Bicarb and Vodka
Makes: enough for single use Prep time: < 5 min.
My Choice of Essential Oils
My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lavender and lemon, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information on essential oils.
Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl, or jar, and mix until a putty-like paste forms.
Jump in the shower and wet your body. Turn the water off (purely to save that precious resource) and firmly massage the mixture over your body, starting with your feet and working your way up to your neck (face is best avoided, or very gently massaged). Thoroughly rinse the mixture off, and follow with a moisturiser (olive or coconut oil will do the job).