Facial Gua Sha Demystified: Science Behind the “Natural Face Lift”

Logan Hailey
5 min readMar 30, 2021

Science shows it’s more than just a fad.

Yes, there is evidence that strategically rubbing a stone (or a roller, a spoon, or your own hands) across your face can actually improve circulation, reduce wrinkles, and decrease inflammation.

It’s like a natural face lift, but the benefits aren’t only aesthetic.

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What is Gua Sha?

Gua sha (pronounced gwa-sha) is an ancient skin care practice that uses a smooth stone scraped across oiled or lotioned skin.

With promises to reduce wrinkles, give a natural face lift, and reduce breakouts, gua sha stones (and associated jade rollers) have become very popular new beauty products.

But is there real evidence behind the hype?

I dug through the scientific literature and consulted esthetician and gua sha expert Jess Santora to figure out if rubbing a stone on your face can actually positively impact your skin health.

You might be surprised how powerful this technique can be!

Image courtesy of Anti Aging Beauty Zone

Ancient Practice, Modern Benefits



Logan Hailey

Vivacious nomad writer with a wild spark. Helping you optimize your wellness + mindset for the most joyful, natural, and healthy life possible.