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Do Jade Rollers and Gua Shas Actually Work?

by Maia Puyat
September 7, 2018

Newsflash: Crystals can be used for more than just your peace of mind.

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You've probably seen it on your feed or heard it from your beauty-obsessed friend more than once—today's beauty gurus have taken to incorporating crystals into everyday skincare routines. In fact, while the prevalence of crystals seems to be a very trendy practice, people have been using crystals since time immemorial, dating back all the way to ancient Egyptian and ancient Chinese civilizations.

Compared to using chemicals, the stimulation from the crystals encourages the skin cells to work harder to repair and improve the skin in a natural way. The minerals act as semiconductors, triggering cell productivity and performance to go into hyper-drive. These crystals usually come in the form of either a gua sha or a roller, which are used to massage products into the skin.

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There are two ways to use a roller: downward or upward. Downward strokes are gentler, focusing on detoxification and stimulating lymphatic drainage. Lymph is the fluid that flows through the lymphatic system, a part of the immune system that balances fluids and helps in the absorption of fats and fat-soluble nutrients. A downward massage is a detoxifying facial that can help calm inflammation and reduce puffiness in the face.

Upward movements are more vigorous and rejuvenating. This time, the massage boosts circulation and oxygenation of the skin. It also brightens the complexion, tightens pores, reduces wrinkles, and generally plumps up the skin.

What is the main difference between jade rollers and rose quartz rollers?

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In Chinese society, jade is traditionally used to flatten wrinkles and clear fluid congestion. Because it remains cold, even against the warmth of human skin, the sensation of applying it onto the skin can help close pores and tighten the skin, making it firmer. It also helps calm puffiness and dark circles underneath the eyes.

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In contrast, Egyptians believed rose quartz to contain anti-aging properties. It’s full of minerals like silicium, magnesium, iron, sodium, and oxygen. Where jade firms and tightens, rose quartz promotes the renewal of skin. It also heals and rejuvenates the skin, while reducing inflammation as well. Using rose quartz rollers also works more oxygen into the skin, which improves the tone, luster, and natural glow of the skin.

What is a gua sha?

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Gua shas are multi-use crystals that feature a flat side and ridged end. Instead of simply massaging the crystal onto your skin, the tool stimulates it by applying more pressure as it 'scrapes' the skin. This action increases the microcirculation of the soft tissue and increases blood flow. Gua sha massages can be performed on the back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs, but a gentler version is available for the face. It is often used to treat chronic pain, including muscle and joint soreness. The crystal is also known to slim the face.

Like all treatments, the efficacy of crystal therapy depends on the delivery. They may be able to work their magic on bare skin, but the best way to use it is to accompany it with a proper skincare routine.

If you're still considering investing in your own roller or gua sha, why not let a professional show you how it's done at Mecca Aesthetic Clinic and Spa? The Quezon City spot is now offering a Rose Quartz or Jade Roller Facial at a discounted price. The hour-long session may just win you over, making you a firm believer of this ancient skincare tradition.

Score it at a steal on Deal Grocer here.

Mecca Aesthetic Clinic and Spa
238 Sct. Bayoran corner Tomas Morato
Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
(02) 794 5036
(0915) 757 6595

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About Maia
Maia is a psych major who is constantly hungry so she writes about it. Her biggest obsessions include online shopping, getting new haircuts, and playing with her pug, Biggie-Smalls. In her spare time, Maia likes to spin, splurge on skincare, and take long naps.

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