The Difference Between Facial Rollers and Gua Sha Tools | Vert Beauty

The Difference Between Facial Rollers and Gua Sha Tools

Facial rollers and gua sha tools have taken the internet by storm and everyone has hopped on the lymphatic drainage train. Even though they are so popular, I get questions almost daily on how to use them properly, which type of stone to use, and the difference between facial rollers and gua sha tools.

Crystal healing has been used for centuries for smooth, youthful skin, and different stones are believed to provide a different energy. One of the most common ones used today is jade. Jade is known as the stone of eternal youth, which is why it is the go-to gemstone for facial treatments. It’s cheaper than plastic surgery and will give you natural results... Um, yes please!

When choosing a stone, educating yourself on the different energies the stones provide will be a major deciding factor. There is Rose Quartz, which is believed to emit energies of love and beauty, Black Obsidian, believed to channel power for the good of all, setting free negative energies, and Amethyst, which is believed to attract positive energy and rid the body of feelings of stress and anxiety.

Whatever season in life you are in, the different energies these stones provide will help you decide which is right for you.

Facial Rollers Vs. Gua Sha Tools

Deciding between jade rollers and gua sha tools is a major question among many because they seem worlds different, but the similarities between the two actually outweigh the differences. Major similarities include:

  • Aid in lymphatic drainage
  • Increase skin firmness and reduces small wrinkles and expression lines
  • Eliminate toxins
  • Tighten pores since crystal remains cold even when in contact with skin
  • Improves blood circulation and skin tone
  • Reduce puffiness

Because of these similarities, I believe the major decision lies in each individual’s preference of either a more convenient way to massage skin, or the desire for a deeper indulgence in a daily self-care routine.

The roller is the “faster” option because of the convenience of the roller being able to glide the stone along the skin to stimulate blood flow and de-puff.

The practice of gua sha is meant to be a deeper experience than to just stimulate the skin with a cool stone. It’s the next step for someone looking to really indulge in their routine, to be able to slow the breath and really give skin full attention and enjoy the ritual of self-care.

No matter your preference results like more even skin tone and soothed tension will more than likely be seen.


Using these tools is very simple and here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your routine.

TIP 1.  Apply serum or moisturizer for the roller/ gua sha tool to seamlessly glide along the skin.

TIP 2.  Start from the center of the chin, roll/glide outwards and upwards around jawline in sweeping motions to stimulate lymphatic drainage and boost circulation. Do this on each section of the face for an instant ‘lift’ effect.

TIP 3Assess which parts of the face need more attention and give each section the amount it needs. For instance, if you wake up in the morning and your eyes and cheeks are feeling swollen and puffy, give those areas a little extra love by rolling and gliding as many times as needed. The result should be stimulated skin, ready to take on the day (or night).


Your crystals should be wiped down with a dry or moist towelette, being mindful of only wiping down the crystal parts. DO NOT WASH WITH WATER.

Whether you choose a jade roller or a gua sha tool for your facial massage/lymphatic drainage routine, find the crystal that most speaks to you, slow down and give your skin some love with this step towards an elevated skincare routine.


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