Beauty tools have always been popular among skincare devotees, but the meteoric rise of picture-perfect crystal rollers (and, subsequently, guashas) in the age of Instagram have made them feel like an everyday essential. We’ve tested these crystal tools ourselves on countless occasions to see if they were all hype, and we came out absolutely sold. Yes, they’re for keeps.

Our skincare routines won’t be the same without them, and we think yours deserves the upgrade, too. If you think your products are working overtime now, just wait ‘til you apply them with these tools in hand. Below, we go over all the basics—the profiles of crystal rollers and guashas, a how-to guide for both, plus serums we recommend if you’re seeking something new. Watch the video above for the bullet-points and demos, and scroll for all the details. (Be sure to read to the end for an exciting new promo!)

THE COMPARISON

So, is there a huge difference between how a facial roller and a guasha can improve your skincare? If we’re talking plain product absorption, not so much—but there are a few other things worth noting.

One key difference between the two is the type of massage they can give you. Rollers are ideal for lymphatic drainage, which is what happens when you stimulate the circulation of lymph nodes, eliminating toxins from your system. This can help with anything from bloating to sluggishness.
Meanwhile, guasha tools are ideal for fascial release massages, which helps release tightness and facilitate better blood flow to relax your facial muscles. If you find yourself knitting your brows often or generally holding a lot of tension in your face (resulting in fine lines or wrinkles), a guasha may be your new best friend.

There’s also the practical matter of the form they come in: rollers do really well when it comes to de-puffing your under-eye area, as the smaller end is the perfect size for harder-to-reach areas. Guashas, meanwhile, have edges that allow for more efficient facial sculpting, so it’s a major must-have for anyone hoping to add more chisel to their features.

But, yes—ultimately, both tools are super efficient at helping your products absorb better. By using them to gently massage your skincare into your waiting pores, you ensure that your serums, facial oils, and other treatments penetrate even deeper. Coupled with better blood circulation, you’re almost guaranteed a healthy glow boost just from this simple act.

THE HOW-TO


FACIAL ROLLER
Step 1. Apply a layer of your chosen serum over a cleansed face. Gently pat the product into your skin with your hands, careful not to pull or tug.

Step 2. With the larger end of the roller, start rolling over your neck, moving from the base of your throat and upward towards your jaw.

Step 3. With the same end, move on to your chin, rolling over the length of your jaw and moving up towards your ears.

Step 4. Move on to your lips followed by your upper lip area, rolling outward towards your ears.

Step 5. Move on to the sides of your nose, rolling outward over your cheeks and towards your ears.

Step 6. Switch to the smaller end of the roller for your under-eyes. Continue rolling in wide, outward strokes, over your cheeks and towards your ears.

Step 7. Close your eyes. Switch back to the larger end of the roller to go over your lids. Roll down, towards your ears.

Step 8. With eyes open, roll over both eyebrows towards your ears. Don’t forget to roll between your brows, too, to smooth over any tension.

Step 9. To finish, roll over your forehead, rolling down towards your ears.

NOTES TO REMEMBER:

1. Be sure to go over each step at least three times in even, medium-pressure strokes.

2. Always roll toward the outer perimeter of your face (use your ears as a reference point) to push your “lymph” toward your lymph nodes. This helps your body flush out toxins and reduce swelling more effectively.

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GUASHA
Step 1. Apply a layer of your chosen serum over a cleansed face. Gently pat the product into your skin with your hands, careful not to pull or tug.

Step 2. With the curved inner side of the guasha, sweep up over your neck from your clavicle.

Step 3. With the same side, move on to your chin, stroking over the length of your jaw towards your ears.

Step 4. Switch to the curved outer side of the guasha for your cheeks. Lightly press the guasha down on the sides of your nose, stroking over the length of your cheekbones, towards your ears.

Step 5. With the same side, move on to your forehead, starting at your eyebrows and stroking up towards your hairline.

Step 6. Switch to the pointed edge of the guasha for your smile lines. Go over the area in multiple short, successive strokes, as though to smooth over any fine lines that may emerge.

NOTES TO REMEMBER:

1. As it was with the roller, be sure to go over each step at least three times in even, medium-pressure strokes. Lay the guasha semi-flat over your face to ensure that it doesn’t tug at your skin while stroking.

2. Gather up all the lymph you’ve moved towards your facial perimeter. Sweep from your brows to hairline, down your temples and your ears, until you reach your neck and terminus area. Do this for a “clean sweep.”

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THE SERUMS TO GET


1. Some by Mi Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum, P890 (limited time only)
Thanks to its key ingredient, galactomyces ferment filtrate, this serum balances out the skin’s microbiome to ensure healthier skin overall. It also offers potent pore-shrinking, oil-controlling, and skin-smoothing benefits. Plus, with brightening, antioxidant-rich vitamin C in the mix, this serum pretty much guarantees radiance.
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2. Limese Brightening Ampoule, P1,190 (limited time only)
If you love your vitamin C serum but wish it could work a little faster, add this ampoule to your roster. It’s made with vitagen, a derivative specifically created to make vitamin C even more brightening. With that, it can help banish dark spots and uneven skin tone for more luminous skin. It’s also formulated with moisturizing ingredients caprylic glycol and hyaluronic acid, so you’ll be well on your way to plumper skin with every drop.
PROMO: Get P724 OFF your cart when you purchase (1) Modern Rituals by HIMA Jade Facial Roller AND (1) Limese Brightening Ampoule. Just use promo code MORIxLimese upon checkout. Limited to (1) use per account until March 31 only.

3. So Natural Red Peel Tingle Serum, P1,106 (limited time only)
There’s no overstating the power of BHA and AHA when it comes to clearing up acne by exfoliating the skin. This serum is loaded with those two actives, which slough off dead skin cells and loosen up pore-clogging impurities when used together. The cleaner your pores are, the less excess sebum they produce, keeping oil-induced breakouts to a minimum.
PROMO: Get P816 OFF your cart when you purchase (1) Modern Rituals by HIMA Rose Quartz Guasha AND (1) So Natural Red Peel Tingle Serum. Just use promo code MORIxSoNatural upon checkout. Limited to (1) use per account until March 31 only.

4. Seed & Tree Aqua Shining Essence – Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Deep Moisturizing & Brightening, P1,300
This essence is as close to “glass skin in a bottle” as we’ve seen in a long time. All-natural radiance boosters mulberry root and licorice root extract rank high in its ingredients list, while hyaluronic acid and butylene glycol are known humectants that lock in moisture. It even contains white willow bark and witch hazel, which manage skin irritation. No matter your skin type, we’re sure you can benefit from this cornucopia of amazing ingredients.
PROMO: Get P627 OFF your cart when you purchase (1) Modern Rituals by HIMA Rose Quartz Guasha AND (1) Seed & Tree Aqua Shining Essence – Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Deep Moisturizing & Brightening. Just use promo code MORIxSeedTree upon checkout. Limited to (1) use per account until March 31 only.
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