Roller vs Gua Sha: What’s The Difference? What’s best?

Roller vs Gua sha, what to youse? Can you use both? Let’s take a look!

It is not uncommon to hear my friends asking about it. Roller vs gua sha what to use?

Even though they are not the same and can be used for different goals, the good news is that you can use both.

In this article let’s take a look at different usage of facial rollers and gua sha.

Then you can decide which one you prefer, or if you want to adopt both facial massagers to your skincare routine.

Roller vs Gua Sha 

Massager tools such as gua sha and rollers are great. 

I confess that more than often I forget to use them but I have them all here with me and I love when I use them.

Roller vs Gua Sha

I wish I used them more often because they are incredibly great to stimulate Lymphatic drainage, improve elasticity, and relax muscular tension.

But what is the difference between facial rollers and gua sha? They are the same?

Ok, the first thing first, you don’t need to choose one over another because they can and will complement each other.

The roller is easy to use and requires less time to use and is very practical.

For example, if you take a taxi (or Uber) you can easily spend 5 minutes using your roller and be splendid.

The same works for those days you are on the couch watching tv, just go and roll your face without problems.

Gua sha on the other hand, you will demand more attention, as you need to control the pressure you are using it.

It is also better to be in front of the mirror while using gua sha so you can see how you are performing the strokes.

Talking about pressure again, be really careful you are doing the right movements, in the right direction with the right pressure.

When I first ordered my gua shas I was so excited that I put too much pressure on the movements.

The result was a swollen face the next day that I couldn’t even believe. 

Ok was not the end o the word it was just kind of swollen, but I was not nice, I must say.

So What Is The Difference?

So, while the roller is easier to use, the gua sha requires technical knowledge. 

At the same time, gua sha allows you to better massage some body areas such as the jaw, neck, and belly.

Roller vs Gua Sha

Use the roller any time you have extra time or every time you finish applying moisturizer.

Talking about gua sha, have it a few times a week and set a time to properly do it, maybe set up a ritual time when you can self dedicate.

Read also: What Is Gua Sha For Facial & Body Massage?

Roller vs Gua Sha: What’s The Most Efficient?

Firstly, it is very important that you will only see effective results, after using both tools consistently.

So, both will bring great results if you use them consistently and properly.

However, I think that the gua sha will give quicker and better results than the facial roller.

Especially if you have more predominant signs of age and areas affected by liquid retention.

The facial roller is great, for daily use, especially if you leave it on the fridge overnight and use it in the morning to prepare your skin for makeup.

If you want to choose between one or another, know that the gua sha will work on specific points of tension, and there are different techniques you can use.

Think as well about which is more adequate to your routine, and ask which one will correspond better to a busy lifestyle or a more relaxed routine.

Gua Sha vs Roller Benefits

The normal daily stress and the movements we are constantly making can cause facial tension.

This tension, especially the ones caused by stress, can leave the facial expression rigid and stimulate wrinkles and fine lines.

At the same time, with a hectic routine, is possible that our alimentation can result in liquid retention on the face.

Roller vs Gua Sha

Both gua sha and facial rollers and facial massage, in general, relieve the mussel’s tension.

With these tools, you can stimulate the lymphatic system to expel any unwanted residues.

This is a great way to avoid skin inflammations by releasing accumulated toxins that were not naturally expelled.

With continuous usage, you will notice improvements in the skin texture, as the massage facilitates the absorption of moisturizers and collagen regeneration.

The result is radiant glowy skin, and wrinkles reduction, with a great soft texture.

Benefits Of Gua Sha 

  • Face lifting and Fine lines preventions and reduction
  • Reduce puffiness, especially around the eyes
  • Relieve acne and other inflammation
  • Enhance anti-aging effects
  • Promote a natural botox effect
  • Help with hyperpigmentation
  • Relieve tension and reduce stress

Read also: Gua Sha For Face Slimming: Does It Work? Is It Good?

Roller Benefits

You can use both tools to reduce stress with facial massage. The benefits include:

  • Activation of the circulation of the face;
  • Promotion of lymphatic drainage, reducing swelling;
  • Decreased muscle tension;
  • Skin toning;
  • Improvement in the elasticity of the dermis;
  • Increased absorption of cosmetics.

But have in mind that even though you will experience results with the roller, especially to help apply moisturizer, the results are not miraculous.

For this reason, don’t go to it with ultra-high expectations.

When To Use Gua Sha vs Jade roller

I have mentioned before that the roller is more straightforward to use than the gua sha.

The roller is much easier to use but the gua sha provides deeper and better results for longer.

Let’s take a look at how to use these tools.

Roller vs Gua Sha

How To Use Facial Roller

Use the facial roller to massage the face, jaw, and neck, stimulating the lymphatic system.

It’s a nice product that can really improve the skin. However, take at least 10 minutes a day to do the massage.

You can use it in your morning and night skincare routine or any time you have your hands free.

Just roll the tool on your face from the center to the extremes. The movements are always from center to outside.

Never do it backward, and to boost your results, you can leave the roller on the fridge!

  1. Wash your pretty face! It is best to have a clean face before using the roller.
  1. Hydrate! I like using face oil because it adds even more hydration, but if it doesn’t work for your skin, you can use your favorite moisturizer or skip this step.
  1. Massage your face with the jade roller!

Note: always only make movements from the bottom up using the Jade Roller. This is important to take action against gravity.

How To Use Gua Sha

  1. Wash your face with soap specific to your skin type and sanitize your hands.
  2. Apply moisturizer, saline solution, oil, or serum of your choice to facilitate movements.
  1. Hold the gua sha with the curved side to your face and gently glide.

The first location is the forehead, from the bottom up, starting above the eyebrows to the root of the hair.

On the cheek, the movement is from the center to the outside, from the side of the nose to the ears.

The curved end is for the side of the face, from the bottom up, starting at the chin and ending at the ears.

The eye area is very sensitive, be careful! Gently move from the inner corner to the temple.

The ritual can be performed at any time of day. 

The important thing is that, after the massage with moisturizer, apply sunscreen, if it is during the day. 

At night, finish with nourishing or acidic creams, according to the doctor’s recommendation.

Roller Vs Guasha Summary

The main difference between jade rollers and gua sha tools is that the jade roller is primarily a lymphatic drainage massage, and gua sha is a fascial (i.e. fibrous tissue) release massage. 

Think of a foam roller, but for your face. Fascia is multidirectional, so to properly release tension, you need to use it a little differently than the jade roller.

This process is especially relaxing because you are gradually releasing tension from your face. 

Imagine that you have a tense muscle in your neck or back. 

When you use a foam roller or foam ball, you are pushing against tension to create blood flow and relax the fascia, which brings relief. 

These two tools work the same way. Their common goal is to promote optimal circulation and lymphatic drainage.