The 7 Best Gua Sha Tools for a Sculpted Jawline, According to Beauty Experts
If you’ve spent any amount of time immersed in the beauty community (yes, watching other people’s skincare routines via Instagram and YouTube totally counts), you’re probably familiar with gua sha stones. They’ve been growing in popularity since early 2018, and while we were skeptical at first, we have to admit that just about everyone we know with great skin uses one—so there has to be something to it.
For the uninformed, a gua sha is a flat stone tool that is used to massage the face, relaxing stiff muscles and promoting lymphatic drainage, and it originated in traditional East Asianmedicine. But that doesn’t mean they all work equally well. Which is why we turned to beauty experts—our beauty director, Jenny Jin, and three aestheticians—to uncover the best of the best when it comes to gua sha tools. Here are their seven picks.
1. Odacité Crystal Contour Gua Sha
“This was the first gua sha tool I tried, so I have a soft spot for it,” Jin explains. “The divot on the end is perfect for maneuvering above and under your eyes, and the flat edge is great for covering a larger surface area like your cheeks and forehead. Plus, it’s easy to hold and very durable. I know because I’ve accidentally dropped it in the bathroom on many a sleepy morning.”
2. SiO Cryodrop
“This is a newcomer that I’ve just started testing and I am impressed with,” Jin says of this skin-toning tool that combines cold therapy, diamagnetic action (a complicated process that has to do with how the micropores on the tool’s surface interact with your skin) and facial massage. “I like that it’s cooling to the touch and made of medical-grade steel (so it’s easy to keep clean), and the little teardrop-shaped top is excellent for relieving congested sinuses when you press it against either side of your nose.”
3. Shiffa FaSha Crystal Clear Quartz Tool
Jin dubs this guy the Meryl Streep of gua sha tools because “it has serious range.” And don’t be intimidated by the serrated edge, she assures. “It feels amazing against the back of your neck,where most of us carry a lot of tension, and along your jawline, which is another common point of tension.” NYC-based aesthetician Sofie Pavitt is also a fan: “I like the notches and groove shapes in this stone,” she says.
4. Angela Caglia Rose Quartz Gua Sha Lifting Tool
When asked what her favorite gua sha tool is, celebrity aesthetician Angela Caglia cites the one she created. “The side is designed to mimic my knuckles, and the goal is to re-create my facial massage I do in my clinic with the gua sha,” Caglia explains. “I recommend applying my Daily Botanical Serum first to a clean face, putting my gua sha in a bowl with ice for a couple minutes, then using it in upward and outward strokes to help with puffiness and lymphatic drainage and create an instant glow.”
5. KORA Organics Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sculptor
Caglia also likes this heart-shaped gua sha from supermodel Miranda Kerr. The shape of the rose quartz stone is designed to help ease facial tension, reduce puffiness and improve circulation. On the brand’s site, Kerr explains, “I love to use this with my Noni Glow Face Oil—it helps the oil absorb deeper into the skin while also increasing blood flow, promoting collagen production.”
6. Nefeli Miracle Touch White Jade Stone Gua Sha Tool
This is NYC-based aesthetician and owner of Inderma Studio Nichelle Temple’s favorite gua sha tool to use. She’s a huge proponent of gua sha facials because they provide “noticeable results while preventing and treating the signs of premature aging—namely in the appearance of wrinkles, dark eye circles and puffiness, and sagging and dull-looking skin.”
7. Vie Healing Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool
Temple also recommends this more affordable facial massager. “The nice thing about this shape is that it’s really easy to learn techniques with the notches in place to glide along the jawline,” she tells us.