Whether haircare or skincare, we all want to find the best product or device that can help us achieve our goals to make them look better.

These days there are many products and gadgets that you can choose from – the jade rollers, face rollers to new Gua Sha tool and high-tech devices like the microcurrent device, all of which promise to have younger-looking, toned, and brighter skin.

But the question is – what is the best one suitable for your skincare needs?

Best facial massage tools

Indeed, deciding which one to invest in can be a daunting task since there are a lot of options out in the market. If you look into these tools, you will find that both jade roller and gua sha have been rooted in tradition and have their beginnings since ancient Eastern medicine.

On the other hand, if you were to look into facial toning or microcurrent devices, they are new innovations with advanced technology that is safe and provides faster results.

So, with these differences, we dive into the specifics and provide you with information about its uses and benefits.

Let’s start.

What are the differences between Gua Sha, Rollers, and Microcurrent Device?

A Gua Sha is a flat tool that is made of semi-precious stone that is used to massage the face. It is fairly new in the market but is a lot older than you think. It uses a modern-day scraping technique but is based on the traditional Chinese healing practice known as Gua Sha.

Gua means to stroke or press while Sha refers to redness. According to early practices, the redness is obtained through scraping which encourages the skin to heal itself.

Gua Sha is a crystal that is usually made of Rose Quartz or Jade. The massage can be done by a professional or at home.

On the other hand, face rollers these days may come in different forms. There are those made from different stones such as amethyst, quartz, obsidian, rose, and the most popular being jade. Just like Gua Sha, it has been for many years in China. They also come in different styles and sizes. Some have two rollerballs, others with one roller, and some may look like a mini rolling pin.

The microcurrent device or facial toning device is an innovative and high-tech device that involves a low-voltage current to help stimulate collagen and elastin production. It trains your muscles to tone up hence giving you tighter and younger-looking skin.

What are the benefits?

Face rollers and Gua Sha provide the same benefits which are the following:

  • They both help lymphatic drainage
  • Boost skin’s texture and prevent fine lines and wrinkles
  • They help boost blood circulation
  • Soothes and activates energy throughout the face
  • Pushes toxic fluids out for detoxifying results
  • Sculpts and contours the jawline and cheekbones

On the other hand, facial toners or microcurrent devices provides these benefits

  • A safe alternative for sculpting your skin at home
  • Boosts blood circulation
  • Promotes healing
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps in the production of elastin and collagen for a tighter and younger-looking skin

How do you use them?

Both face rollers and Gua Sha is easy to use. When using face rollers, an upward and outward stroke is needed to make it effective. It is great in depuffing around the eyes and brows. And also helps in reducing inflammation. Face rollers are best when used with a sheet mask for deeper product penetration.

Gua sha, on the other hand, may take more time when using it. The Gua Sha stone scrapes the face lightly and is used along the facial muscles and meridians. There may be a slight redness on the face, but that is normal. This just means that you are having improved blood circulation and released muscle tension.

Additionally, when using Gua sha, the massage penetrates deeper in your facial skin and focuses on the different angles of your face. The best thing about it – it gives more visible results faster than face rollers.

When using a facial toning device, a conductive gel should be applied first before using it. A low-voltage current is released which helps in improving blood circulation and working out the facial muscles. Hence, as it helps stimulate the facial muscles, it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and tightens the skin.

How often should you use them?

When using your face rollers, it is recommended to use them every day for about 5 minutes to give your facial skin an immediate boost and reduce puffiness. Rollers are ideal to give a quick soothing and calming effect.

Gua Sha can be used once a week depending on the type of your skin and its tolerance with the method. But as your skin gets accustomed to the process, you may use it thrice a week to maintain results. You can choose to use it in the morning or evening to relax your facial muscles.

For facial toning devices, you may use it five times a week with a 3-minute session per day. Reduce the usage to 3 days per week after 60 days. If there are any inconveniences or adverse effects being felt, consult with your dermatologist for proper advice.

Which is better?

If you look at the promised results of these tools and devices, they are both the same. However, the process or methods of doing the facials are different. Gua Sha and face rollers do not use any high-tech process. They both rely on the benefits of naturally-derived crystals such as Rose Quartz and Jade that provide a soothing effect.

But while facial toning or microcurrent devices use a high-tech process, with regular and correct usage, you will be able to see and feel substantial results faster.

All of these tools and devices have their own pros and cons. Ultimately, listen to your skin and ensure that you follow instructions and do the methods properly to avoid damaging your skin or other adverse effects.


Nicola is always on the lookout for the best beauty tools and skincare products. She believes in "prevention is better than cure" so she is always trying to perfect her beauty routine to avoid premature aging. Fun fact about Nicola: She owns a lot of sunscreens as she carries a mini sunscreen in each of her handbags and backpacks.