This Is Exactly How to Use Your Gua Sha Face Tool

No, I’ll probably never give up on my beloved jade roller, but there is a new skincare tool in town that has amped up my facial massage routine tenfold: the jade scraper. Also known as a gua sha tool, this little flat pebble of jade has chiselled out cheekbones I didn’t even know existed, depuffed countless hungover eye bags and whacked up the dial on my skin’s brightness. Interest piqued? Let me explain.

While jade scraping tools are only really just weaselling their way into the skincare mainstream, they aren’t all that new. “The [face scraping] technique is based on an ancient healing technique called Gua Sha, which was first referred to in a classical Chinese medicine text called the Shan Han Lun dated 220 CE. Originally, practitioners wanted to obtain ‘Sha’—redness that encourages the skin to heal itself,” explains David Peters, Chinese medicine practitioner and skincare expert. “Having studied both Japanese and Chinese traditions, I have adapted this early technique for my facial treatments. Obviously, I don’t use it as vigorously—I’ve seen it performed with a coin in China.” While modern-day jade scraping might be less invasive, it can still have some pretty impressive results.