Have you ever wondered if jade rolling or gua sha will give you a lasting face lift? Jade rollers and gua sha tools are at the top of the list of skin lifting devices for both experts and aficionados alike. But the question is: what do these facial tools do, and do they even work? Let’s learn how to use these skin enhancing tools and the amazing benefits they provide, ranging from facial massage to lymphatic drainage.
What Is Jade Rolling & Gua Sha?
Jade rollers and gua sha tools help with relieving facial tension, reducing eye puffiness, relaxation and improving lymphatic flow throughout the body. By lymphatic flow, we mean moving waste fluids away from a tense area using massage and gentle pressure. According to Elle, the use of flat jade stones date back to 7th century China, and to this day, they are commonly made of quartz, jade or bone, materials that are cooling and smooth against the skin. The gua sha tool has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years for the aforementioned therapeutic benefits, as well as for cosmetic benefits such as contouring the face.
A jade roller is a modern face lifting device that is very accessible and easy to use without much practice. You can start right away. Simply move the natural face lift tool to the area you want to massage and roll the tool across that area. In comparison, gua sha requires more technique, so we’ve mapped out the steps below so you can learn which tool is best for you and how to use them at home.
Prepare Your Skin To Use Gua Sha At Home
Before starting, prep the skin by applying a facial oil on the areas you want to massage, like your face and neck. Apply a generous amount of oil onto your palms and warm the product up, before pressing it into your skin.
We love using our luxurious Facial Recovery Oil, suitable for all skin types. Also referred to as “liquid gold," this formula contains clary sage oil, olive oil and sage leaf extract which improves the look of the skin while providing deep hydration. For a soft and bright complexion, the Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil with pink tourmaline gemstones is another highly moisturizing oil option. Marula oil and hemp seed oil hydrate the skin so that it appears smooth and supple. The Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil is another option for facial massage — it also smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by providing essential fatty acids to improve the look of the skin’s texture.
Tutorial: How To Use Your Gua Sha & Jade Roller
You can learn to use these tools in the comfort of your own home by performing a self-guided face massage:
For The Jawline
To release any facial tension along your jaw and cheek area, glide your jade roller or gua sha tool along the jawline and across the cheeks. The gua sha tool might look a little more tricky to use because of its shape, so simply use the wider part to glide up from the base of the jawline to the top of the cheekbone. Repeat roughly five times and repeat on the other side. You’re likely to feel relaxed, so you’re welcome to continue applying pressure for as long as you’re comfortable.
For The Neck
Many people experience neck strain thanks to office jobs, or from computer overuse. Hold the jade roller or the gua sha tool at an angle on your neck and slowly move up from the bottom of your neck to your jawline. To help lymphatic drainage, work the tool from the ear all the way down the neck. Repeat until you feel tension release. The purpose of these repeated movements is to stimulate blood flow and relieve tension in your neck.
For Puffy Eyes
To assist with puffiness around the eyes, gently glide the tool across the undereye area up to the temple until you reach the hairline. As with all of these techniques, repeat five or so times, or until you feel relaxed. You can also ice the gua sha and jade roller before you slide it over the area as a further way of reducing puffiness, swelling and inflammation.
For The Forehead
Now it’s time to move onto the forehead. For the gua sha tool, place the narrow end of the stone between the brow bone and the eyebrow and sweep from your eyebrows up until your hairline. Do the same for the jade roller repeatedly, gliding through from the corner of your eye to the temple to relieve the tension in the forehead. You can hold the tools on spots of tension before sweeping up to the hairline too.
For The Nose
Glide the tool up the bridge of your nose and then down towards your cheek. Repeat five times or as long as it takes to release the tension. For further instruction on all these techniques, you can also watch our Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar demonstrate a facial gua sha and jade rolling tutorial. .
Have you tried using these facial techniques and reaped the benefits? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!