- 10 of the Best Gua Sha Tools
10 of the Best Gua Sha Tools and How to Use Them
We’ve already mentioned all the best face massage rollers you need to try ASAP, but now it’s time we delved into the world of gua sha.
Gua sha is a traditional Chinese therapy technique that helps address your health and wellbeing. Not only can it improve the appearance of your skin, but it’s also used to help increase blood flow and reduce inflammation. Unlike rollers, these handy little tools take a bit more patience and bit more practice.
Take a look at the traditions behind gua sha and our favourite skin care tools to implement into your daily routine.
What is gua sha?
Recently, this small tool has garnered plenty of worldwide interest appearing in the likes of Vogue and even on your TikTok FYP. Across these areas of the internet, beauty editors and influencers have shared their gua sha facial massaging techniques to help you achieve soft, smooth and radiant results.
However, as much as we love a new beauty buzzword, it’s important to understand the traditions behind gua sha. Used as a healing technique in traditional folk therapy, gua sha has a longstanding history of alleviating alignments, symptoms and muscle pains. Gua sha is the act of scraping the skin repeatedly in one direction to improve circulation and remove toxins.
Now, this holistic approach has made its way into the beauty world, with more and more people searching for a natural alternative to fillers and face lifts. Gua sha facials can help promote lymphatic drainage and collagen production. Some of the skin care benefits you can achieve with a gua sha tool in the comfort of your home include:
- Smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
- Improving radiance
- Releasing facial tightness
- Face sculpting
- Reducing puffiness
How to use a gua sha tool
It’s about finding movements and routines that work for your body and your skin. Experts recommend not using this technique if you're struggling with a rash or sunburn but otherwise it's an easy option for an at-home spa-like treatment, which you can do daily to produce visible results.
To start off your routine, make sure you have clean, clear and makeup-free skin. Next, pick your favourite face serum or oil. Here are a few of our faves:
Apply your chosen formula across the whole face, including the lips, brows, cheeks and even down your neck. Use a little more than you typically would to ensure your gua sha tool doesn’t tug or drag the skin.
Then depending on the shape your tool, lay it flat against your skin and glide in a single upward direction. Start at the base of the neck and work your way up. You can use these gua sha stones across the jawline, up the neck, across the cheekbones, around the lips, around the eye area and across the forehead. Repeat each stroke five times to ensure lasting results.
Adjust the speed, pressure and placement to suit your preferences, but always make sure to go in upward motions to encourage lymphatic drainage.
So, which tools should you use?
Skin Gym have a range of facial massage products to choose from, but we love this Rose Quartz Gua Sha Crystal Sculpty Tool. Rose quartz is known to promote relaxation and is often used for facials. The curved edge of this tool is great for gliding across the neck and jawline, while the short edge works perfectly across the brows and under the eyes.
For an extra boujee option, take a look at this gua sha stone. Clear Quartz helps remove stresses and calms the mind. Plus, it's nicknamed the 'master healer' which is why it's a great option for facial massaging. The unique mushroom shaped tool is also easy-to-use and ideal for the under eye area and across the cheekbones.
Another stone which is perfect for creating a sense of inner peace and serenity is green jade. This stone is also meant to bring good luck and harmony, which is why it's a traditional choice for Chinese beauty treatments. Utilise all the benefits of this tool to increase overall elasticity and ensure healthier-looking results.
Firm up the contours of the face with this gua sha facial tool from Hayo'u made from the 'King of Healing Stones', nephrite jade. The curved shape fits perfectly in the curves of your face and helps smooth the appearance of wrinkles. Not to mention, it stimulates circulation and improves your natural inner glow.
A luxury addition is this Magic Glow Wand from Joanna Vargas. It has hot and cold modes to aid lymphatic drainage, while helping to tone and soothe the complexion. Simply glide across the face to boost circulation, remove impurities and enhance overall radiance.
This sleek little facial roller makes a stylish addition to your wash bag. Use alongside your favourite serum to improve the tone and appearance of your skin. When placed in the fridge beforehand it provides cold therapy to help improve circulation, smooth enlarged pores and depuff the skin.
Bring the spa to your own bathroom with a little helping hand from Skin Gym. These massage tools are specially designed to fit into the eye contour area. The jade cools the skin and helps smooth the complexion, reduce puffiness and diminish dark circles. Plus, it makes the perfect gift for any skin care newbie.
This Gold Sculpting Bar is the ultimate skin care indulgent treat. The 24k gold-plated bar uses 6000 vibrations per minute to help relax the facial muscles to achieve lifted, contoured and refined results. It's a great way to revive tired complexions prior to special events or even just on a snoozy Sunday.
Yet another impressive beauty device is this FOREO product, which uses innovative microcurrent technology with T-sonic pulsations. It might not be a typical massage tool, but it's perfect for sculpting the face and ensuring your serums deeply absorb into the skin, while still targeting fine lines and wrinkles.
Want all the best facial massaging tools? Take a look at this skin care set. This duo contains an amethyst gua sha scraping tool and a matching face roller. These tools help smooth, brighten and massage the skin to achieve radiant looking results. It also makes a great stocking filler or perfect gift all year round for a skin care fanatic!
Written by Rebecca Jenkinson
Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.