Facial beauty tools are very popular nowadays and there is a lot of talk about the benefits of facial massage using a Jade Roller or a Gua sha tool. But what are these tools anyway? What are their differences? Do they actually work? And how do you use them? This article will help you figure it all out!
What is a Jade Roller?
A Jade Roller is a beauty tool, ideal for face and neck massage. It usually features two stones: The larger one is suitable for the neck and for broader areas of the face (cheeks, forehead, and jaw), and the smaller one for smaller areas of the face (around the eyes and mouth).
What is a Gua sha tool?
Gua sha is a technique in which a tool (flat and rounded stone) is used to apply pressure and scrape the skin. A Gua sha tool may have various shapes (heart, feather, comb, etc.) and is ideal for the massage of the face, body, and scalp.
What are the benefits of using a Jade Roller or a Gua sha?
Both tools work very similarly and they are believed to:
Stimulate blood circulation. Improving blood flow can make your skin look brighter, as the production of collagen is promoted and skin’s elasticity is increased.
Help with lymphatic drainage and detoxify the skin. Flushing out toxins can improve the overall appearance of your skin and help with many skin issues such as cystic acne and inflammations.
Reduce puffiness and under-eye bags. Facial massage reduces water retention and puffiness, toning your skin and giving your face a healthy appearance.
Soothe and calm the skin. Rolling or scraping with stones that are cool to the touch can be soothing to the skin and help it get rid of redness and rashes. Tip: For even better results it is recommended to keep your beauty tools in the fridge!
Relax facial muscles. Our everyday facial expressions are activating the tense muscles and this tension leads to wrinkles and deep lines over time. The daily ritual can relieve tension and offer your skin a more youthful appearance.
Improve product absorption. A gentle massage just after applying your serum or cream will help your skincare products penetrate deeper into your skin and thus be more effective.
Relieve stress, improve your mood, and act as an everyday feel-good ritual.
How do you use them?
Use your beauty tool on clean and dry skin and roll/scrape outwards, not in. Note that you can use your roller/Gua sha tool after you have applied a facial oil, serum, or moisturizer to improve product absorption.
Repeat every move 5 times.
For better results place your beauty tool in the fridge or in ice water for 10 minutes before use.
Clean your beauty tool properly after every use. Since the stone it is made of, (jade, rose quartz, etc.), is non-porous, it will not absorb any products you put on your skin, making it easy to clean.
What are the differences between a Jade roller and a Gua sha?
Jade Rollers are very simple and can be used by anyone interested in natural skincare. No technique is needed and they are a great option if you are looking for a quick, soothing treatment.
Gua sha tools have different shapes and can be used in so many more ways. You have to learn how to use them properly and this may take some time, but they are a great option if you are looking for a more sculpted look.
In conclusion, Gua sha tools work deeper and are more effective, especially when it comes to serious skin conditions (cystic acne, deep wrinkles, etc.). However, learning the technique and committing to the ritual requires time, while rolling is easier, making the practice more consistent.
So, that’s it!
If you are interested in Jade Rollers take a look here.
If you are interested in Gua sha tools take a look here.