What is facial roller and gua sha---All You Need To Know About It

  • Introduction
  • Where did it all begin?
  • What’s the difference between facial roller and gua sha?
  • How does it work?
  • How often shoud you use it?
  • Conclusion


Facial rollers are popular beauty tools people use for skin care. There are so many different variety of materials,such as jade or quartz those crystals,stainless steel and plastic.Deinlai only use crystal like jade and rose quartz.They have rollers at both of ends of the handle,with one bigger and one smaller.
Gua sha stones are a tool used to relieve tension, sculpt skin, and increase circulation. They are traditionally made of jade or quartz, but plastic options are also available. They’re available in a variety of shapes, but usually they are somewhat tapered so there is a smaller edge that can be used near the eyes or nose.
Gua sha stones and jade rollers are closely related! They both are used to release tension in the face and prevent signs of aging. Jade rollers are gently rolled over the face, rather than “scraped” like stones. Many people chill their jade rollers and use them to de-puff their under eyes in the morning and wake up their face with increased circulation!
Gua sha is a technique on its own and it is just one tool amidst many others in the tradtional Chinese Medicine tool kit.The gua sha massage technique is used to unblock and restore the flow of QI in the area to which it has been applied.
Deinlai facial roller and gua sha set

Where did it begin?

Historical records on Gua sha date back to the Paleolithic Age.When people fell ill or entered a coma,hands or stones,as well as household materials such as coins or tins,were used to massage parts of their body to help reduce the side effects and symptoms of their illnesses.
This is a Chinese word that is pronounced as Gwah-Shah is defined in two parts — “Gua” means “scrape” while ‘Sha’ is said to mean “sand” by some people, while others seem to give it “redness of the skin.” So we could say it is a method of scraping away disease, fever, or some sickness from the body generally. However, other words for the term “Gua Sha” are skin scraping, spooning, coining.

With its origins in treating abscesses in the Warring States period (475-221 BCE) of ancient China, Gua Sha has been a mainstay as folk medicine since antiquity.And it was developed in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 CE) with innovations such as an arched hemp tool and willow branches on the back to treat typhoid fever.
And by the Qing dynasty (1644-1912 CE), the method of scraping had become more precise and expanded away from only on the limbs, using copper coins and buffalo horns. Ancient doctors rarely recorded the specific methods, time, and treatment of Gua Sha but in the 20th century, with the work of Jiang Jingbo and later Lu Jiru, Gua sha was reinvigorated, and an adapted, modernized style of Gua Sha therapy within Chinese medicine was promoted.
The Gua Sha tool has been adjusted and modernized and made from more refined materials such as jade or rose quartz to massage the appropriately lubricated area of the body surface in upward strokes or in a swift and gentle but vigorous scraping motion to relax stiff muscles while relieving pain and tension, treat certain illnesses, as well as improve blood circulation.
Gua sha history

What’s the difference between facial roller and gua sha?

Despite the fundamental similarities, there are also some marked differences between gua sha and face rolling that you need to be aware of,and ultimately,these should help you to decide which is best for you,your skin and your lifestyle. 
  • Ease of Use:the most significant difference is each tool's ease of use! Whilist anybody can use a face roller without worry of causing damage,gua sha requires a more practiced hand,Ideally,the stone must be held at a 30 to 45 degree angle,scraped in one direction,all whilst following your lymphatic flow.Each area of your face requires its own movement to achieve optimum results and ensure that no undue damage is caused.
  • If Sculpting and Contouring is Your Priority:gua sha treatment penetrates the face deeper than a facial roller would,and its unique shape allows for better sculpting and contouring.Whilst it is more time consuming,the long-term sculpting results are more visible and absolutely worh the effort. 
  • The Shape: as the face roller is designed to be an easy-to-use tool,it comes complete with a handle which makes it much simpler to manipulate than the gua sha stone,The cylindrical shape of the face roller stone also glides effortlessly over your face and neck without much worry about proper angling or regulating pressure.With the gua sha tool,one will need to first learn how to hold the stone,position it properly and then exert the correct amount of pressure when scraping across the face. 
  • Time Needed: face rolling can easily be done in a space of 5 minutes,making it an ideal choice for busy people with hectic lifestyles (most of us really). For gua sha to be done properly,you'll need to designate around 15 to 20 minutes a day to this part of your skincare routine.If you want a quick and effective facial massaging tool,the face roller is for you. On the other hand,if you are looing to give yourself some much deserved pampering,you should treat yourself to a relaxing gua sha massage treatment by a professional. 
  • Choose According To Your Skin Type: you need to consider what your skin's need are. Although gua sha offers a deeper,massaging treatment with a long and rich history to back up its many benefits,it might not be an advisable teatment for people who suffer from acne prone skin,as it could serve to irritate further. The roller is a less aggressive treatment which gently glides upon blemish prone skin without causing irritation.On the other hand,the deeper peneration that the gua sha tool offers is found to be significantly more effective when targeting fine lines,stimulating blood flow and performing manual lymph drainage. 

How does it work?

Start with a clean face and prep skin with a facial oil or serum.

For the rose quartz roller:

  • Start in the middle of the face and roll outwards across the cheeks.
  • Move to the eyebrows and roll upwards across the forehead.
  • Move below the lower lip and roll downward across the chin.

For the gua sha tool:

  • Keep the tool flat against the face and begin with the forehead. Scrape in an upwards motion from the eyebrows to the hairline.
  • Move to the cheeks and scrape in an outwards motion starting from the crease of the nose until the ear.
  • Move to the jawline and use the end of the gua sha tool with the two curves.
  • Start from the chin and scrape until the ear. Gently massage the gua sha tool into the ear to release tension.
  • For the under-eye area, very gently scrape the gua sha from the inner corner of the eye outwards to the temple. Because the area is so sensitive, it is important to only apply light pressure.Both tools work together to enhance your beauty rituals and pair perfectly with a serum or facial oil for better absorption.

How often shoud you use it?

Well, it’s certainly up to the individual and the results she expects. If you are just looking for a fresh feel upon your skin maybe after every two days or a few times a week is fine. If you desire a lovely uplifted skin and more apparent results then it’s better to do Gua Sha every day.  
Be gentle in the beginning especially if you are doing the facial Gua Sha. Start with holding the tool at 45-degree angle and stroke it on an upward direction. Continue to the scrapping in repetition for about 1 to 3 minutes. Make sure you cleanse your face (or any other part of the body) well and apply some oil before you start doing Gua Sha. 


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 WEATER!

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