How To Use Jade Roller And Gua Sha: User Guide

How To Use Jade Roller And Gua Sha: User Guide

Thanks to social media influencers, what was a part of traditional Chinese medicine has become an increasingly popular facial tool these days. The jade rollers and gua sha tools, when used properly in your skincare routine, have multiple benefits.

Typically, stones and crystals like Jade, Rose Quartz, etc., are charged with vibrant positivity to benefit the skin. Read on to know how to use a jade roller and a gua sha stone.

Jade Roller

Jade Roller

Like the jade facial roller, Facial rollers are like tiny beauty wands with two rollers of different sizes at opposite ends, meant for different parts of your face. The larger stone is for the jaw, cheek, etc., while the smaller stone is for the undereye area. The jade rolling over your face re-energizes the skin while promoting blood circulation.


Here are some benefits that a jade face roller provides:

  • Lymphatic drainage: With the lymphatic system responsible for transporting fluid and filtering toxins out of the body, gentle massaging of the face and neck stimulates the lymph nodes to drain fluids from the face.
  • Improved facial skin: There are several reasons for the face to appear slightly swollen or puffy. The fluid and toxins are pushed into the lymphatic channels by massaging the face and neck, getting the lymph nodes to drain. This makes the skin appear firm and less puffy.
  • Improved circulation: Facial rolling improves blood flow, causing your skin to look brighter, more firm, and healthier.
  • Effective product absorption: By applying a facial serum or moisturiser before using a jade roller, the product is absorbed into the skin more effectively.

Step by Step Explanation

The impact can be felt when a real jade roller is used correctly.

Steps to Follow Before Using Jade Rollers

  1. Keep your jade roller in the fridge since it’s the cool temperature of the stone that works to get rid of puffiness.
  2. It is advisable to cleanse your skin before using the roller.
  3. Apply your regular moisturiser, serum, or facial oil on your face and neck, for better product penetration.

The Right Technique

  1. Starting with your neck would be good. The larger stone must be rolled at the base of your neck, with a firm, gentle pressure, upwards out at the jawline. This must be done 3-5 times around the neck.
  2. For the facial massage, the centre bottom part is a good start. The larger stone of the jade roller must be moved along your jawline upwards and outwards about 3-5 times on each side of your face. The same must be repeated for your cheeks and cheekbones.
  3. Puffy eyes benefit a lot from a jade roller. The smaller stone must be placed under the eye at the centre of your face. The roller must be moved upward, outward motion, gentle and firm, about 3-5 times, and must be done for both sides.
  4. Lastly, the larger stone must be placed at the base of your forehead and glided up towards your hairline with gentle and firm rolling. Both sides need this to be done about 3-5 times. You could place the larger stone in the middle of your forehead sideways. You must then slowly roll the jade roller out towards your temple.
  5. Finally, use the smaller stone from the side of your nose, up to your temple, on both sides.

Facial Gua Sha Stones

Facial Gua Sha Stones

A gua sha tool is an ancient Chinese skincare tool and is often made of jade, rose quartz, or other stones. Gua means to scrape, and Sha means sand. The shape and edges of a gua sha tool


Gua sha stones have similar benefits as a jade facial roller and can be used to improve circulation, de-puff face skin, reduce puffiness under the eye area, and drain excess fluids. Additionally, gua sha treats muscle pain and provides a sculpted look with very light pressure when used on the face. The facial muscles relax, but they also help ton the muscles and provide a well-contoured effect.

Correct Usage

The gua sha tools technique is similar to jade rolling. However, you must ensure not to apply too much pressure with either.

The Right Usage of The Gua Sha Tool

  1. Apply your favourite moisturiser, facial oil, or serum all over your face and neck, including the back and sides of your neck. Ensure that the skincare products you use are suitable for your skin type.
  2. Using the V-shaped part of the gua sha, sweep it up to your neck in light sweeping motions. You can start at your collar bone and glide it up towards your jawline about 3-5 times. This must be repeated on both sides and the back of your neck.
  3. The V-shaped part must then be placed at the bottom part of your chin, in the middle. The gua sha stone must be gently swept up and outwards along the jawline. This must be done on both sides of the face, about 3-5 times each.
  4. The long side of the gua sha tool must be placed on the cheek and glided up the cheek and cheekbone out towards the hairline. Repeat about 3-5 times on both sides of your face.
  5. The top curved part of the gua sha must be lightly run from the inner corner, outwards to the hairline, about three times on each side of your face for your under-eye area.
  6. Finally, with the stone’s long side, work it up from the brow bone to the hairline. This must be done for your forehead’s left, middle, and right sides, about 3-5 times per section.

Difference Between Jade Roller and Gua Sha Tool

Difference Between Jade Roller and Gua Sha Tool
Difference Between Jade Roller and Gua Sha Tool

While jade rollers are mainly used for lymphatic drainage massage, gua sha stones are for fascial release massage. It’s like foam rolling, but for the face. Gua sha tools release tension and stress from the facial muscles, back, or neck.

The common goal of both these tools is lymphatic drainage and promoting optimal circulation.

Final Thoughts

These ancient Chinese therapeutic tools help calm your skin and your muscles, ensuring your body is more relaxed. Your facial skin will feel healthier and firmer with the right usage technique. You could use gua sha or the double-sided roller based on your preference and needs.

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