Jade Rollers vs Gua Sha: What's the difference?

Contributor: Primally Pure
Photographer: Primally Pure

With all the talk surrounding facial tools lately – especially jade rollers and gua sha stones – we’ve been getting so many questions:

What are their specific benefits?

What’s actually the difference between the two?

Do you really need both?

Don’t worry, we’re about to break down all the details in this post. Here’s everything you need to know about these two facial tools – and why you might just want to make both a staple in your beauty routine.


Jade rollers have quickly become one of the trendiest facial tools around – especially in the world of Instagram and beauty vloggers. These precious gemstone rollers have become famous for their ability to boost the natural glow of the skin by:

stimulating lymphatic drainage

detoxifying skin tissue

waking up a tired complexion

increasing blood flow to feed skin from within

But with all the hype surrounding gua sha stones, why would a jade roller be a beneficial addition to your skincare routine?

This tool and technique is a bit more simple than gua sha, but still provides similar benefits (and a much-needed boost!) for your skin health. Since jade rolling doesn’t require tons of time or expertise, this is the perfect tool if you’re tight on time, need a quick morning pick-me-up, or are a mama who’s got her hands full. Plus, with the specific properties of the stone itself (rich in trace elements and energetic benefits), facial rollers offer a holistic approach to support your skin and overall sense of wellness.

For even more beauty benefits, keeping your jade roller the fridge/freezer is a quick + convenient way to:

brighten your complexion

decrease puffiness (especially around the eye area!)

calm inflammation

enhance product absorption

encourage circulation

tighten + tone skin

help you feel ready to face the day ahead

Because of the simplicity of this gemstone roller (and its visible benefits for your overall appearance!) we suggest giving jade rollers a permanent place in your skincare routine – and refrigerator. 😉

Tool Tip: As the final step in your skincare routine (after applying your skin-specific serum or Beauty Cream), start at the neck and move upwards using light/short strokes. And be sure to look for a roller with ridges to wake up skin by stimulating even more lymphatic flow and circulation.

Stay tuned for more Primally Pure facial tools launching soon!


We’ll give it to you straight: with gua sha, you’re going to get all of the same beauty benefits as above. But. Because this facial tool is more targeted and takes a bit more time and intention, the results are even. more. transformative.

Let’s start with the shape of the gua sha stones first.

Different from facial rollers, these gemstone tools are specifically designed to hug facial bones, contour curvatures of the face, iron out fascia to smooth fine (and even well-defined!) lines/wrinkles, and release muscle tension. Each part of the tool has a unique purpose in rejuvenating the skin by:

promoting lymphatic drainage

decreasing discoloration from sun damage and acne scarring

detoxifying/depuffing (say goodbye to undereye bags + dark circles for good!)

clearing blockages + buildup of toxins and excess fluid

calming the nervous systems + minimizing effects of stress

One of the main differences + biggest benefits of gua sha is its ability (with the proper technique paired with a healthy lifestyle) to move out waste material and sluggish lymph to create fresh pathways of blood flow, oxygen and vital nutrients. Think of gua sha like yoga for the face. It’s through movement that the skin is fed and the muscles are strengthened – creating a more toned, lifted, and sculpted appearance. Better flow beneath the skin supports:

restored mobility and elasticity in the tissue

relaxed muscle tension and tightness (a dream for TMJ)

softened depressions in the skin

repatterned pathways from repeated facial expressions

increased circulation + collagen production

a seriously healthy glow!

Depending on the specific results you’re working towards or how much time you have to commit to your skincare routine, you can incorporate your gua sha practice as a part of your AM routine to visibly diminish puffiness (especially around the tired eye area!) and give skin a more firm, lifted look for the day ahead or as a part of your PM routine to unwind after a long day, melt away stress + muscle tension, and sedate the sympathetic nervous (fight/flight) system for a solid night’s sleep.

With benefits like all of these listed above, we definitely suggest doing gua sha as a part of your daily skincare routine (okay, fine, we know life can get full – try for at least 3-5x/week 🙂 ). Plus, since this holistic technique impacts so much more than just the skin, incorporating gua sha regularly is a powerful way to support a calm, quiet mind and balanced state of being.

Tool Tip: As the final step in your skincare routine (after applying your skin-specific serum or Beauty Cream), incorporate light, downward strokes to drain, detoxify and depuff and gentle, upward strokes to lift, firm and tighten. Shop our pure jade Gua Sha stones here!

So, there you go! Jade rollers vs gua sha.

After breaking down their benefits and their differences, our final verdict? Both have earned a well-deserved place in our daily skincare routine. Whether alternating between the two throughout the week or incorporating one technique in the morning and one before bed, both facial tools have become our go-to for skin that GLOWS.

What facial tools are your favorite? What benefits have you experienced?

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