Gua sha tools are fast becoming the most coveted skincare tool, but what are they, exactly, and what do they do?

Using gentle massaging techniques, gua sha can help to sculpt and maintain the youthfulness of your skin and face by massaging the muscles and encouraging facial toxins to eliminate. This allows your face and neck to look instantly more refreshed and polished. Consistent gua sha massage over time will maximize the benefits of the tool, encouraging your complexion to plump and glow in all the right places while resisting the effects of aging. 

Gua Sha Physical Benefits:

  1. Increased circulation, which causes the skin to visibly plump, helping to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. Increased lymphatic drainage, which moves toxins and stagnant fluids towards the body’s natural release points. This helps to de-puff the face for a more refreshed look.
  3. Massaged facial muscles, which helps to release tension and subtly “sculpt” your features.

Metaphysical Benefits:

Our Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool is made of the universal stone of love. Using rose quartz while taking care of your skin will amplify feelings of love (i.e. self-love, romantic love, love between friends, etc). Refresh your loving heart with this ultra-healing stone.


Other gua sha crystals include amethyst (included in our Amethyst Ritual Tool Kit), which brings divine peace and harmony, lapis (included in our Lapis Ritual Tool Kit), which soothes stress and revives energy, and jade (available in our Emerald Shop!), which heals and empowers the heart.

How often should I use my gua sha tool?

Consistent gua sha massage over time will deliver the most visible results by helping to support your skin’s regenerative efforts. We recommend using your gua sha tool at least twice per week, working up to daily use.

Which gua sha shape is best for me?

Herbivore’s Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool comes in two shapes: square and teardrop. The shape that’s best for you is the shape that looks the most satisfying to use on your particular features. If de-puffing is your primary goal, the teardrop shape might be the most appropriate for you, and if sculpting is your goal you might try the square. The shape that’s best for you is truly a matter of personal preference. 

  • Teardrop/wing: The outwardly-curved edge helps sculpt and reduce the appearance of puffiness in areas like the jawline and cheekbones, the inwardly-curved edge hugs your natural facial shape to promote lymphatic drainage, and the scalloped edge provides gentle pressure and massage.
  • Square: This puzzle piece-shaped tool is wonderful for sculpting and defining areas such as the brow, cheekbones and nose. Curved corners are satisfyingly good at accessing the temples and hairline.
  • Heart: This guy’s a hugger! Playful curves love to curl over jawlines and eye sockets with ease.

What are the similarities and differences between facial rolling and gua sha massage?

Facial rolling and gua sha massage both increase circulation and lymphatic drainage and decrease muscle tension. Both help to maintain the skin’s health and youthful looks.

The difference between, and added benefit of using a gua sha tool versus a facial roller is that gua sha massage helps to “sculpt” the features more effectively. If you’d like more defined cheekbones, for example, or a more lifted brow arch, a gua sha tool may help.

How to use a gua sha tool:

Herbivore’s National Education Manager Michael (@thebeardedbeautybible on IG) shows us facial massage techniques with Rose Quartz Gua Sha tools for a sculpted, glowing look in this beautiful tutorial:

Step 1: Gua sha is most beneficial when used after your skin is cleansed and toned, and after you’ve applied your serum, oil, or both. Oil and serum textures help to minimize friction and tugging so the tool can easily over the skin.

Step 2: Following the arrows on the chart below, apply firm yet gentle pressure with the edges of the tool to massage your face and neck. Work from the center of the face outwards in even strokes. Repeat the same number of strokes on both sides of the face for a balanced and lifted effect.

  • Forehead: Using the concave edge of the tool, hug the brow bone and move outwards towards the temple. With any linear edge of the tool, sweep the surface of the skin in short strokes upwards towards the hairline. Continue this motion across the forehead to the temples.
  • Under-eye area: Using any outwardly curved edge of the gua sha, begin at the inner corner of the eye and gently sweep along the eye socket towards the temple.
  • Cheeks: Using the concave edge of the tool, follow along the cheekbone with broad strokes from the nose outwards towards the temple. Repeat the motion across the entire cheek area with the linear edge.
  • Jawline: Begin at the center of the chin and massage in one continuous motion along the jaw bone to relieve muscle tension. Once finished with the jawline, make one long sweeping motion from the center of the hairline down to the upper jaw and earlobe. This allows for the best circulation and drainage to occur prior to doing the neck.
  • Neck: Push your gua sha tool from below the earlobe down into the neck, towards the collarbones to encourage drainage to the lymph nodes.

Note – Be careful to avoid applying too much pressure with the tool, as this can cause bruising and capillary breakage, among other damage. Gentle strokes are the best and most effective. 

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Posted by:Wren McMurdo

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