The benefits of using Gua Sha and Rose Quartz rollers
Where did these beauty tools originate from?
In ancient imperialist China, the Empress’ were famed for their smooth, doll-like skin. Their secret was their devoted use of Gua sha stones carved from jade stone to ‘iron out’ wrinkles whilst increasing lymphatic drainage to de-puff the eyes.
What exactly is a Gua Sha stone and a Rose Quartz face roller?
A Gua Sha is a natural facial massage therapy tool, made of smooth flat quartz that the user scrapes across lightly oiled skin repetitiously.
A Rose quartz facial roller is a beauty tool made typically from quartz or jade, that has a different sized roller on each end to suit rolling over different areas of the skin
What’s the difference between the two tools and what are the benefits of each?
Both a Gua sha and a Rose Quartz facial roller provide lymphatic drainage for your face and neck areas whilst boosting the circulation in your skin.
The key difference is that a face roller is a convenient and quick massage tool used to stimulate blood flow and drain puffiness, while a Gua sha is for slowly and rhythmically contouring your face to activate the lymphatic system and release muscle tension.
The Rose Quartz facial roller is best used in the morning and provides the following benefits:
- Great for soothing fatigued skin and puffy eyes.
- Perfect If you’re a busy person, as it offers a quick solution to depuffing your skin (especially the under-eye area in the morning)
- Stimulates blood flow and promotes lymphatic drainage helping bring oxygen to the skin and reducing tension for a more youthful glow.
- Improves skincare product penetration –by boosting circulation and helping skincare products to be absorbed deeper into your skin.
The Gua sha is best to use at night and provides the following benefits:
- Massages deeper in the epidermis layers, promoting lymphatic drainage – our skin is prone to fluid build-up, which causes facial puffiness. Through gentle massage, you can stimulate the lymphatic system to help reduce fluid build-up.
- Tones the facial muscles - continuous use of Gua sha can help your face look more contoured by giving your face a ‘workout’ and toning your facial muscles.
- Increases circulation and lymphatic function which leaves your skin looking brighter and fresher!
- Relieves tension – the gentle massage-like pressure of the Gua sha can help release built-up muscle tension and areas of knotted muscle.
With any skincare, the more consistent you are the better results you will get!
Can I use both?
Both tools complement each other, working simultaneously to achieve transformative results. Using both will have cumulative results to knead away fine lines, fatigue, stress and muscle tension to get a smoother, more youthful complexion.
- For an extra refreshing and soothing experience, you can pop your facial tools in the refrigerator (I recommend putting them in there on a clean face cloth)
- Use your Rose quartz roller and Gua sha over a sheet mask or hydro jelly mask for better absorption and deeper hydration.
- Keep your tools clean and hygienic by wiping thoroughly with a clean damp cloth afterwards.
- Have your tools handy, if you pop away in a cupboard or drawer you are more likely to forget to use them - having them in sight will remind you! Once you have practiced enough you can do without a mirror and can even sit and watch TV while you use your Gua Sha or face roller! You could pop on your nightstand or in your living room somewhere.
Step-by-step Guide to using Rose Quartz Roller and Gua Sha
Cleanse your skin and apply your favorite serum or face oils to use with your tool of choice
How to use your Rose Quartz Roller
Forehead: Use the large roller to stroke upwards starting from in-between your brows, up to your hairline. Stroke the large roller from the center of your forehead, towards the sides as shown in the image.
Brows: Use the small roller to gently stroke the area below your eyebrow and above your eyes, moving outwards as shown on the image below.
Eyes: Using the small roller, slowly and very gently stroke your under-eye area moving outwards and up towards your temple.
Cheeks and Cheekbones: Use the large roller and start from the center of your face and stroke, applying reasonable pressure towards your ear. Repeat the same motion under your cheekbones as well.
Jawline: Use the large roller starting from the center of your chin and work your way up on your jawline towards your earlobe as shown with the arrows.
Neck: Use the large roller to gently stroke the middle of your collarbone to jawline. Avoid contact with sensitive areas such as the middle of the throat.
How to use your Gua Sha
Forehead: Use the flat side and start by making smooth strokes from the middle of your eyebrows up to your hairline. Follow with strokes from the center of the forehead towards your temple.
Brows: Use the curved side of the Gua sha to gently stroke the area below your eyebrow and above your eyes, moving outwards. Stay on the bone of the brow.
Eyes: Using the flat side, slowly and very gently stroke your under-eye area moving outwards and up towards your temple.
Cheeks and Cheekbones: Use the flat side and start from the center of your face and stroke, applying reasonable pressure towards your ear. Use the curved side to work your cheekbones.
Jawline: Use the curved side starting from the center of your chin and work your way up on your jawline towards your earlobe.
Neck: Use the arched side to gently stroke the middle of your collarbone to jawline. Avoid contact with sensitive areas such as the middle of the throat.