Gua Sha tools: Do they work, and are they worth the hype?

Alyssa Tria
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Just when we thought the hype around trendy skincare tools was slowly hushing down, the coveted jade roller stepped aside to let its not-so-distant cousin to have its moment in the spotlight. Popping up all over spas, beauty counters, and now even on TikTok (with over 10.7 million views under its very own hashtag), is the Gua Sha.

Serving more than just a pretty prop for top-shelf Instagram flat lays, these carved stones, often made from jade and rose quartz, derive from traditional Chinese medicine with the initial purpose of stimulating blood flow to relieve migraines and neck pains. Delivering legitimate skin benefits such as lymphatic drainage, in modern times, Gua Sha tools are considered as a viable needle-free alternative to diminishing visible signs of ageing.

These lifting and de-puffing tools are to be pressed on the face in gentle, upward strokes, and unlike the jade rollers, the grooves and curves on gua sha tools allow you to focus and apply more pressure around the under-eye area — with caution, of course.

While experts recommend trusting a professional to perform a Gua Sha treatment for you, you don’t need to book an appointment at a high-end spa to try out this trending tool. We’ve included ones you can buy online for a relaxing at-home facial experience.

ODACITE Crystal Contour Gua Sha Green Aventurine

ODACITE Crystal Contour Gua Sha Green Aventurine

SHOP IT: Detox Market, $55

Herbivore Rose Quartz Gua Sha

Herbivore Rose Quartz Gua Sha

SHOP IT: Sephora, $24

MOUNT LAI Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool

MOUNT LAI Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool

SHOP IT: Sephora, $42

Dehiya Beauty White Jade Facial Gua Sha Tool

Dehiya Beauty White Jade Facial Gua Sha Tool

SHOP IT: Sephora, Urban Outfitters, $49

Daily Concepts Gua Sha Facial Jade Tool

Daily Concepts Gua Sha Facial Jade Tool

SHOP IT: Ulta, $23

DISCIPLE SKINCARE Firm Face Gua Sha

DISCIPLE SKINCARE Firm Face Gua Sha

SHOP IT: Cult Beauty, $43 (£25.00)

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