The Best Face Massage Tools & How They Differ

The Best Face Massage Tools & How They Differ

From Gua Sha tools to rollers and sculpting bars, there are countless facial gadgets which promise better cheekbones and a luminous glow. But how are they different and do they really deliver results? Here, we break down the various options, as well as how to use them…


The beauty of this tool is its simplicity. Some versions are dual-ended, featuring a smaller stone on the opposite end for use on harder to reach areas such as around the eyes, while others feature a textured surface to boost massage. But even the most basic versions will still improve circulation and skin elasticity, over time. Plus, as it also promotes lymphatic drainage, it’s detoxifying too. The best bit? Results are instant, while using one to massage in your moisturiser or serum can deliver added benefits. Starting from the centre of your neck, roll upwards and outwards on each section of your face, stopping at the hairline – it’s as simple as that.


Gua Sha tools contour, reduce puffiness and deeply massage your face to improve circulation. But unlike a jade roller, it requires more of a technique. “The strokes you use can be long or short, depending on what your needs are. But it’s not about a vigorous back-and-forth motion, it’s a gentle glide and slight pull across the face,” adds leading celebrity facialist, Su-Man. “If you’re ever confused by the correct motions, check out my Instagram @Sumanskincare for further tips. Start by placing the flat side of the tool at the base of your neck and stroke upward at a 45-degree angle to the face. You can use it without any product, but running it over a serum or oil will give you more plumped-up results.”


Designed to be used in slow, upwards motions, these gold-plated T-bars work to tighten, tone and lift the skin. Some even come with vibrating effects to mimic authentic Eastern massage. What’s more, the ones crafted from pure gold are naturally anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Gently push it upwards over just-cleansed skin to feel your muscles relax and tension ease. You can also use it around your cheekbones and jaw to sculpt and carve out some definition – albeit temporary, it’s highly satisfying.


Most wand-style massagers are created with small, sturdy stones that come with added acupressure benefits, helping to tone, tighten and energise skin. These tools have become a firm favourite among skin-savvy celebrities, who are using them to replicate the effects of collagen-boosting facials. Roll your wand over each area for 30-45 seconds using upward strokes – some you can even use over your body to boost sluggish cells and exercise underlying muscles.


Two is better than one – at least, that’s the case with the latest slew of twin ball massagers. Designed to treat larger surface areas and mimic the kneading technique of knuckles, these larger tools relax tight muscles and de-puff the skin. Some experts even claim they can reshape and add instant definition to the face, just like a good facial. Try leaving it in the fridge before using it like a roller, with gentle pushing strokes to boost blood flow and stimulate circulation.

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