Most people have a routine of caring for their skin. Every once in a while we stumble upon new beauty tools that intrigue us to try something different. Gua sha and facial rolling have been around for centuries but have gained attention in recent years. They have become skincare staples for many. These tools are highly recommended by celebrities, influencers, and aestheticians. But which facial tool should you use?
Both facial tools share some similarities in the friendly battle of Gua sha and roller. We’ll be discussing the differences between facial rolling and gua sha. Also, we’ll give you an overview of both techniques and insight into their benefits.
What is Gua Sha?
Gua sha is a traditional East Asian healing method that has a rich history. Although the effectiveness of its methods dates back to prehistory, gua sha has only recently gained Western attention. The literal meaning of gua sha is “to scrape”, while “sha” refers to the petechiae that emerge from the treatment. We had to check that one out too.
According to the Mayo Clinic petechiae can be described as “pinpoint, circular spots that develop on the skin due to bleeding”.
Gua sha is a method of using a flat, smooth-edged tool made from metal or gemstone to gently scrape your skin and face. This is believed to help your qi/energy flow through your body and face. The gua sha, which is usually done by an acupuncturist, is used to ‘scrape’ areas that have stagnant qi and/or are prone to inflammation. This helps to promote healing.
GUA SHA MASSAGE BENEFITS FOR FACE AND BODY
Gua sha has a long history of being used for the body and face. Its effectiveness is well documented and supported by solid scientific research. You can expect the following benefits from consistent use:
- Reduction in tension around the jaw, neck, and face
You may notice a slight improvement in blood circulation after using a Gua Sha. Healthy, glowing skin is possible with improved blood circulation. The blood flow helps flush out any waste products from the cells that are active.
Lymphatic drainage. Your face may look tired, puffy, or pale from fluid buildup in the lymphatic system. You can encourage lymphatic drainage by gently pressing a face roller (or gua sha) upwards and outwardly.
- Research has shown that gua sha may be able to relieve headaches, chronic neck pain, lower back pain, and other conditions.
- A more defined, contoured and contoured facial
Professional guasha facials are great for lifting and contouring skin. However, you can still benefit from DIY-it at home. The gua sha’s various shapes are made to allow you to do this. You will notice more definition around your cheekbones, jawline, and neck if you use a more gua sha.
- Stimulates collagen or, in other words: reduces the appearance of fine lines
- Increased skin care penetration
By using the gua cha as the last step in your skin-care routine, you will be helping your skin absorb the goodness that you just applied by massaging it gently upwards and outwards.
What is Face Rolling?
The gua sha tool inspired the face roller – one could even say that it is the 21st century’s gua sha tool. It offers similar benefits, but is easy to use and intuitive. The face rollers are shaped like a small paintbrush and have a cylindrical gemstone for its handle. There are many face rollers that have different sizes of gemstones. This is so the smaller roller can be used in smaller areas, like the undereye area. Some are even powered mechanically to provide better results.
Facial rollers, like the gua-sha tool, are available in a variety of gemstones. Each gemstone has its own healing properties. You should choose the right gemstone based on what healing properties you seek.
- The most common face rollers are jade rollers which have given rise to the name jade rolling and rose quartz rollers. This is likely due to the fact that they are the most readily available. Here are some other gemstones that you might find in a face roll (many of them are also available as a Gua sha but may take a bit more digging).
- Amethyst is known as the stone that brings peace and tranquility. It naturally relieves stress and promotes balance.
Obsidian is a stone that promotes balance, detoxifies your body, and keeps you energized.
- Tiger Eye – The tiger eye, a protective crystal that attracts lucky vibes, is known to be a protector. It can help to focus the mind and allow users to feel connected to their emotions.
- Opalite – Opalite is a manmade stone that has mood stabilizing properties and can help to re-energize users. It encourages inner strength and perseverance through difficult times.
- Clear Quartz Crystal – According to experts, this healing crystal boosts energy, promotes immunity activity, and helps to improve concentration.
- Red Jasper – Red jasper is a glowing ember. It promotes self-love and self-assurance, as well as emotional well-being.
Aventurine is a quartz stone that comes in many colors, but it is most well-known for being green. It is believed to balance your confidence and spirituality, and bring prosperity.
FACE ROLLING BENEFITS
Face rollers, just like the gua sha are great for massaging the face and de-puffing it, especially in the early morning. You can keep both gua sha and face rollers in the refrigerator before using. This makes the facial massage more relaxing and is a great way to start the day.
The benefits of face rollers are similar to those of the Gua Sha. They both increase blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, skin absorption, and relaxation.
Gua Sha vs Roller: Is there a difference?
There are some fundamental similarities between face rolling and gua sha. However, you should be aware that there are differences. These will help you decide which one is right for you, your skin, and your lifestyle.
Gua sha is a great option for contouring and sculpting if you are looking to achieve your goals. It penetrates deeper than a facial roll and has a unique shape that allows for better shaping and contouring. Although it takes more time, the long-term results are visible and well worth the effort.
Ease-of-use: The most important difference between the tools is their ease of use. Gua sha is more difficult to use than a face roller. The stone should be held at a 30-45 degree angle and scraped in one direction. This will allow your lymphatic flow to work properly. To achieve the best results, each area of your face must be treated individually.
The Shape: Because the face roller was designed to be easy to use, it has a handle that makes it easier to hold than the gua sha. The face roller stone’s cylindrical shape glides easily over your neck and face without any need to adjust pressure or angle it properly. The gua sha tool will require that you learn how to hold it, place it correctly, and then apply the right amount of pressure to scrape across your face.
Face rolling takes only 5 minutes. This makes it a great choice for busy people who have a hectic schedule (most of us). Gua sha should be performed properly by dedicating 15 to 20 minutes per day to this aspect of your skincare routine. The face roller is a fast and efficient facial massage tool. You can also treat yourself to some professional gua sha massage to pamper yourself.
You Should Choose Depending on Your Skin Type. It is important to understand your skin’s specific needs. Gua sha is a deep, massaging treatment that has a rich history. However, people with acne-prone skin might find it irritating. The roller is gentle and doesn’t cause irritation. The gua sha tool is more effective in reducing fine lines, stimulating blood flow, and manual lymph drainage.