A Quick Guide to Facial Rolling & Why It's Better Than Gua Sha

Facial rolling has been making its rounds in the skincare world, and for good reason. Crystal facial rollers are more than just a trend and are actually a time-honored tool dating back to ancient China. With so many skin benefits and little effort required, you may want this ancient ritual to your skincare routine. Read on to learn about the skin benefits of facial rolling, how to use a facial roller, and the very best natural crystal facial rollers! Plus, the unspoken truth about why facial rolling is so much better than gua sha. ;) 

Benefits of Facial Rolling

Facial rolling can have both short and long term benefits, so adding this ancient ritual into your routine is a win-win! In the short-term, facial rollers de-puff and energize the skin, stimulating circulation and bringing fresh blood to the surface, creating a plump (but not puffy!) youthful complexion.

Long-term, you can look forward to diminished fine lines, reduced dark circles, and toning of the muscles in the face and jaw. Not only does facial rolling provide amazing de-puffing properties, it also helps your skincare penetrate deeper into your skin, boosting the effectiveness of your products (yasss.) Not to mention, it's a relaxing addition to your skincare routine.

A few of the many benefits of using a facial roller...

  • Increases lymphatic drainage & toxin release
  • Reduces puffiness
  • Relaxes tense facial muscles
  • Relieves sinus pressure
  • Brightens the appearance of skin
  • Enhances absorption of other products
  • Stimulates collagen production
How to Use a Facial Roller

Facial rollers are a fun and effective tool to add to your skincare routine and will quickly become your favorite step of your routine! Unlike gua sha, facial rolling is super easy, doesn't require complicated trainings, and has nearly all of the same benefits! It's literally so simple...

    1. First, relax your face muscles.
    2. Start from the center of your face and roll upwards and outwards - avoid rolling downwards as you don't want to tug your skin.
    3. Use gentle, even pressure to roll along your cheeks, chin and forehead.
    4. Lastly, roll the smaller end of the roller gently along your orbital bone under the eyes. 

That's it! Do this during your nightly skincare routine or a few times a week for optimal results.

An Easy Facial Rolling Skincare Routine

Adding facial rolling to your skincare routine is beyond easy. Here's an example of a skincare routine we love...

Start with a cleanser like The Giver Ritual Cleanser - it's always best to work with a clean canvas. Follow up by toning with one of our facial mists and apply your favorite serum (see below to find your perfect serum!) You'll want to use your facial roller with an oil-based serum to allow the tool to glide along the skin without tugging. Start rolling!

You can use a crystal facial roller as part of your morning or nighttime skincare routine - anytime your skin needs a little pick-me-up.

Find Your Perfect Serum

Wondering which serum you should use with your facial roller?

For anti-aging, use with Age Gracefully

For oily & combination skin, use with Balancing Act

For inflamed or acne-prone skin, use with Blemish Correct

For rosacea, use with Blemish Correct

For hyper-pigmentation, use with Light Reveal

For dry skin, use with Moisture Boost

For sensitive or postpartum skin, use with Balancing Act

For fine lines & wrinkles, use with Age Gracefully

For brightening, use with Light Reveal 

The Best Crystal Facial Rollers & Their Cosmic Benefits

Now that you know the basics and have found your perfect facial rolling serum, let's find your perfect roller! There are a ton of different facial rollers on the market - mostly made of various natural stones and crystals. Different natural stones offer different benefits.

Tiger's Eye, for example, is an energizing vitality stone - it's said to contain the energy of the Sun and Earth combined. This Brazilian crystal is thought to reduce feelings of anxiety, promote greater self-confidence, and at the same time, boost the endocrine system and balance your hormones. With it's warm energy, Tiger's Eye has also been used by some to help relieve seasonal affective disorder during the cold, winter months. You can shop our Tiger's Eye Crystal Facial Roller here.

The Dalmatian Quartz, on the other hand, has been used for centuries for it's calming energy that is thought to help boost the immune system, promote sleep, remove toxins, and offer relief from skin problems and allergic rashes. Dalmatian Stone is a combination of quartz crystal and volcanic feldspar with Dalmatian-like dots of black tourmaline. It's a playful, yet grounding stone that helps you tap into your inner child, while offering deep connection to the Earth. You can shop our Dalmatian Quartz Facial Roller here.

There are also rollers made with Jade, Amethyst, Rose Quartz and more, but these varieties are often bleached or are not the natural stones they claim to be due to their high demand.

Which facial roller calls to you? 

Happy rolling!