Gua Sha and Jade Roller

Gua Sha and Jade Roller

Gua sha and jade roller are both ancient facial massage tools that improve circulation to promote a healthy complexion. They are most commonly made of jade, but can also be made of other types of crystals.

Place the large barrel of your jade roller on the base of your forehead and gently but firmly roll upwards towards the hairline 3 – 5 times.

1. De-puffing

When used properly, gua sha and jade roller can help de-puff the face and improve circulation, leading to a brighter complexion.

The key is to use light pressure—it’s not a “scraping” technique—and all movements should follow lymphatic flow. To get started, apply a generous amount of oil (we recommend Dr. Dennis Gross’s Face Oil) to your neck, cheeks, and chin area, then gently move the tool across your skin in upward sweeping motions.

As for the stone, Tobia says nephrite jade and amethyst are great choices as they’re natural cooling stones. Rose quartz is another option, especially for those with reactive skin, as it’s said to have balancing properties.

If you’re using a jade roller, begin with the large side of the tool and roll it under your eyes in a circular motion. Then, massage the bridge and sides of your nose up to your eyebrows on both sides. You can also use the small end of the tool to gently sculpt your jawline and reduce fine lines. This is the most common way to use a jade roller.

2. Circulation

Both jade rollers and gua sha stones can help improve facial circulation and de-puff. “The rolling motion of gua sha and jade roller a jade roller can help stimulate the lymphatic system and move fluids away from stagnant areas, which will decrease puffiness and swelling,” says Snyder. “Gua sha, on the other hand, is more effective at de-puffing because it creates both pressure and a light stretch of skin and tissue in one stroke.”

When used correctly, gua sha tools can be great for improving lymphatic drainage and sculpting the face. The strokes created by gua sha not only move stagnant waste fluids, they also help release tension and relax the facial muscles, which can lead to a more toned and defined appearance,” says Wizemann.

A good place to start is along the jawline, using a light but firm touch. Move upwards and outwards, and repeat 3 – 5 times per section on each side of the face. Both jade and rose quartz are popular materials for gua sha tools, but you can also find them made from amethyst, green aventurine and other crystals.

3. Relieves tension

Face rollers (such as this one from A AKRAF) and gua sha help reduce puffiness, boost circulation, and promote lymphatic drainage. They also improve complexion and aid in facial sculpting and contouring.

Gua sha and jade rollers are both made of stones that have healing properties. For example, jade is known for improving blood circulation and lymphatic drainage and rose quartz is great for depuffing. Both stones are cooling on the skin and have a soft, smooth feel. They both gently massage the face and help increase collagen production.

Both gua sha and jade rolling are safe for all skin types. However, they can sometimes cause slight bruising and redness in some people. This happens because rubbing or scraping can cause tiny blood vessels to burst. This typically fades within a day or two. To avoid this, it is best to only use a face roller or gua sha on clean skin that’s been moisturized with oil or serum. Also, angling the gua sha tool at a 15-degree angle is important to prevent irritation.

4. Firms skin

Both gua sha and jade rollers can help firm the skin on the face, especially when used with your favourite serum or facial oil. They also aid in boosting product penetration, so your ingredients can get to work faster.

Both tools can sculpt, contour and shape the jawline, cheekbones and forehead. They can even make your eyebrows look more defined. Unlike a facial massage, a gua sha stroke creates pressure and stretch at the same time, which can be more effective for sculpting facial features.

Jade rollers, on the other hand, can help reduce puffiness and fine lines. They’re gentler small makeup bag than a gua sha, but they still provide many of the same benefits.

When using a jade roller, start with your neck. Roll upwards from the collar bone to the chin, then move on to your cheeks and forehead.

5. Reduces fine lines

A face massage with a jade roller can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles by boosting circulation, which plumps up skin. It can also define facial features and give a more sculpted look to the cheekbones, jawline and forehead.

While jade rollers can be effective for de-puffing, they may not be as effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles. This is because the rolling motion is not forceful enough to stimulate muscular contraction.

However, gua sha can do a better job of this as it involves gentle scraping of the skin to increase blood flow and reduce the appearance of fine lines. This technique works best when used daily.

To use a gua sha tool, start at the center of your neck and move it in gentle upward strokes to the top of your jawline. Next, glide the gua sha stone under your eyes, starting in the inner corner and out toward the hairline. Repeat this on both sides of your face. Finally, glide the gua sha across your cheeks and forehead, making sure to avoid pulling on the skin.