A Guide to Gua Sha and Facial Rolling

A Guide to Gua Sha and Facial Rolling

If you've been anywhere on the internet in the past few months, chances are you've seen people talking about gua sha and facial rollers. Facial sculpting and massaging are gaining tons of traction as self-care practices right now, and with good reason! By incorporating only five minutes of facial massaging into your beauty routine, you can see results such as reduced puffiness, reduced inflammation, and an overall improved look of the skin. The following is a simple guide to help you get the most benefits out of facial sculpting with the use of these two beauty tools.

What is Gua Sha and Face Roller?

Gua sha and facial rollers are both types of beauty/skincare tools that are used to administer face massages and distribute skincare products. They are commonly made from beautiful stones like jade, rose quartz, and amethyst. A gua sha is a smooth, flat, stone tool that is used to massage and lightly scrape the face and neck. A facial roller consists of a handle with a roller on one or both ends. Both tools boast an impressive amount of benefits. You may find yourself adding a rose quartz roller or jade gua sha to your arsenal in the future!

Why Should You Use Gua Sha and Face Roller?

Even though facial massaging may seem like something trendy or fun, it can help you achieve some amazing results. Using a facial massaging tool comes with a slew of health and skin benefits, so the fact that it feels so luxurious is simply an added bonus! Including facial massaging and sculpting into your routine will help you see results such as:

  • Lower stress - The act of facial massage itself is extremely relaxing and can lead to lower stress.
  • Improved lymphatic drainage - Massaging the face in a certain direction can aid lymphatic drainage flow.
  • Reduced puffiness - Puffiness of the face can be reduced via lymphatic drainage as well as by soothing the skin with cool facial massage tools.
  • Improved blood circulation - Lightly scraping and massaging the skin helps increase blood circulation in this area.

Gua sha in particular are said to aid in the sculpting and defining of the face and neck area. Beauty lovers all over the internet have added a face scraping routing to their repertoire in the hopes of defining parts of their face such as their cheekbones and jawlines. You can find plenty of people on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter claiming that this unassuming little tool has helped them achieve a sharp jawline or a more defined chin.

Facial rollers are highly revered for their de-puffing, soothing, and anti-ageing effects. Lots of people like to keep their facial roller in the refrigerator overnight so that they can use it the next morning to soothe any puffiness caused by sleeping. These tools are also great for stimulating lymphatic drainage. By using the roller to gently push in the direction of lymphatic flow you can encourage drainage, which will get rid of that swollen, puffy look.

Other Uses of Gua Sha and Facial Rollers

You might have known about the aesthetic benefits of facial massaging, but there are other benefits as well. Gua sha, in particular, has its roots in ancient medical techniques found in China and Southeast Asia. In ancient China, people would use this tool to scratch the skin of a person who was ill. The idea was that the practice would combat blood pooling and promote healthy blood circulation. Using it this way would often produce purplish and red bruising on the skin called "petechia". This type of massage wasn't traditionally done on the face for aesthetic purposes like we do today. Instead, it was common to scrape parts of the body like the arms or legs in the hopes that it would alleviate muscle soreness or cure certain illnesses. The ancient techniques are far more akin to muscle scraping rather than facial massaging, which is a practice still done today. Muscle scraping involves scraping/massaging the muscles to promote blood flow, treat muscle pain, and increase range of motion. It is mostly administered to athletes who have injured themselves while exercising.

Facial massaging can also be useful in aiding the body in detoxing and releasing impurities. Scraping the skin can help promote the circulation of bodily fluids, which helps normalize cellular processes and promotes the release of toxins from deep cellular tissues. These massages are good for detoxing via the lymphatic system as well. Your lymphatic system is one of the systems responsible for removing toxins and ejecting impurities from your body. Lymph is a liquid produced by the lymphatic system that carries the metabolic waste from your cells. By massaging in such a way that promotes the drainage of the lymph, you can help your body get rid of those toxins faster and more efficiently.

How to Prep for Your Face Massage

Just like before you use any beauty tool, you should always prime your face. Make sure you've washed your face beforehand so you don't smear around any bacteria that could be hiding out there. Remember to wash your beauty tool before the first use, as well as between each use. Having a dirty, bacteria-covered beauty tool will have the opposite effect than what you want and cause your skin to congest and break out.

After you've cleansed and toned your skin, decide on what beauty products you'd like to apply next. Depending on what you decide, a beauty tool might be perfect for applying the product! For example, anti-ageing creams are often perfect for applying with beauty tools because the tools are effective for distributing thicker products all across the skin. Serums and moisturizers are great to use with facial massage tools because they provide the extra moisture and slip that allows the tool to glide over the skin without causing damage. If you use a beauty tool without applying any extra skincare product to provide moisture, you may end up rubbing your skin raw.

How to Do a Gua Sha Massage

  • Cleanse and tone your skin. Put your beauty tool in the fridge if you want it to be cool to the touch when you use it later.
  • Decide what type of product you want to massage into your skin.
  • Apply the chosen product to your face and neck area to provide enough slip.
  • Use the broad, flat side of the tool to drag gently up the neck and towards the jawline.
  • Use the angular part of the tool to gently sweep along the jawline towards the ear.
  • Use the longest side of the tool to massage the cheekbones. Smooth towards the direction of the ear.
  • Use one of the small nodules on the tool to massage the eye by pressing the flat edge against the under eye and gently smoothing outwards towards the hairline.
  • Use the longest side to sweep from the ridge of the brow straight up towards the hairline.
  • Wash and dry your beauty tool.
  • Continue with the rest of your skincare routine.

How to Use a Face Roller

  • Cleanse and tone the skin. Put your facial roller in the fridge if you want it to be cool when you use it later.
  • Decide what beauty product you want to apply to your skin next.
  • Apply the chosen product to the neck and face area.
  • Use the roller to roll up the neck from the upper chest are to the jawline.
  • Start at the center of the chin and roll outwards along the jaw and towards the ear.
  • Repeat the outwards rolling motion up and along the cheeks.
  • Roll the forehead starting at the ridge of the brow and moving directly upwards towards the hairline.
  • Use a smaller roller to gently smooth under the eyes, moving from the inner corner and towards the ear.
  • Wash and dry your roller. Make sure to store it properly for future use.
  • Continue with the rest of your skincare routine.

If you've been thinking about getting a gua sha or a facial roller, you're definitely not alone. It's hard to resist getting one for yourself after seeing all the amazing results online! Hopefully, the benefits of facial massaging are now thoroughly clear to you, and you can make an educated and informed decision. So go ahead and add that amethyst roller to your cart, and sculpt and massage to your heart's content.