Whole Body Skin Detox – Guasha


Here’s an amazing whole body skin detox technique that I discovered a few months ago. It’s called guasha and it is centuries old. It’s the best detox for skin; it opens up the pores of the skin allowing it to breathe as well as truly cleaning it. I’ve been using this technique for a few months now and love how my skin feels! Give it a go, your skin will feel and look beautiful! Love your body, love your skin!

All you have to do is to mix some bicarbonate of soda and cheap triple distilled vodka, apply it to your skin while in shower, rinse it off and soften your skin with coconut oil afterwards. Guasha may leave your skin feeling a bit dry – coconut oil is a perfect moisturiser and a natural sunscreen. You can read more about coconut oil benefits here https://enlightenedselflove.com/2017/02/06/taking-care-of-yourself-naturally-amazing-coconut-oil/.

Tyler Tolman, a holistic nutritionist and health practitioner, shared this technique with thousands of people around the world. Here’s his description and everything you need to know:

“I want to share what I think is the best detox for skin. It’s a technique that really opens up the the pores of the skin allowing it to breathe as well as truly cleaning it. It’s called guasha (gwa-sha) and is an age old technique used by Ancient Asian, Greek and Egyptian civilisations.

I have been using this technique for over 6 years now, and have shared it with thousands of people around the world who also use it. 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.

The skin should eliminate up to two kilograms of material each day, but for most of us this simply is not the case. There are many factors at play, but the main issue is that our skin gets clogged over time. And regular soap doesn’t have the ability to really deep clean the skin, it just works on the surface.


One of the best things about guasha is that you can make it at home as it only consists of two ingredients – bicarbonate soda and vodka!  Make sure your bicarbonate soda is aluminium free, and I recommend you get a cheap brand of triple distilled vodka. Then it’s just a matter of taking a re-sealable jar with a big enough opening to reach your hand in. Fill the jar with 75% bicarbonate soda, then fill and saturate with vodka until you reach a level about 1 cm above the bicarb soda with vodka. This will make a nice putty-like consistency that can be used like a body scrub. Always make sure to seal the jar after use as it will evaporate quickly and turn really hard.

Then next time you’re in the shower simply rinse your whole body, turn off the water and add a tablespoon or so of the guasha mixture onto a loofah or body glove for each of your limbs. Firmly scrub over your entire body. I even scrub my face, just be gentle on the face at first. Then get back under the water and completely rinse your skin. Squeaky clean!


As the bicarbonate soda is highly alkaline it kills acidic bacteria that build up in the skin. The skin is seven layers of dermis and epidermis and a lot of stuff can accumulate in the skin. Fungus, yeasts, petrochemicals, parasites and moulds that can come out as rashes and infections.

A lot of times petrochemicals that happen to be in the air around us get into the skin and really block it up, resulting in pimples and irritations. When you use the bicarb soda and the vodka it opens the pores of the skin as well as alkalising everything. The guasha mix cleans absolutely everything out and allows more oxygen to enter creating beautiful fresh skin.

I recommend doing this every day for the first 1-2 weeks then 2-3 times per week indefinitely and of course in conjunction with eating well, regular cleansing and drinking lots of water and getting out in the sun.


I personally like to get out in the sun directly after my guasha cleanse. I usually lay out for 15-20 minutes on my back and then my front, 30-45 minutes in total.  Everyones skin type is different depending on how much sun you have been exposed to over time and the UV Index is different depending on geographical location. Use some common sense and be sure to test & measure, slowly adding more time to your sun charging time. It’s a great way to get some solar energy into my body and nutrition for me is all about getting more light into this body temple whether it be through fresh fruits and veg or directly from the sun. I recommend using coconut oil to nourish the skin and as a natural SPF of 5-7. If you live in a place where the sun is strong lay out earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun is softer. Once a week massage your body with Extra Virgin Olive Oil after this wash.

That’s it! Get Clean. Get in the Sun. Relax. You will GLOW!”

Namaste <3