Kinda Obsessed – Facial Tools

January 15, 2020

Changing the skin has a lot to do with products (like organic retinol for example), diet, and lifestyle. BUT on top of that, skin facial tools are a great way to get that extra boost. They drive product, drain lymph, increase blood flow, and more.

The Best Facial Tools for Glowing Skin

Each of these tools will benefit the skin in a different and unique way. So in the name of Kinda Obsessed, it’s only fair that I share my faves.

1. Jade Rollers

First up? Jade Rollers. Jade rolling feels euphoric on clean skin as a facial massager – especially around my jaw line which tends to hold a lot of tension. Use the small end around your eyes and temples and the larger end for the bigger parts of your face.

using a jade roller under my eye

But jade rolling isn’t just a feel-good practice. When you use it right, you can see immediate results. Jayde Covenant, spa manager and aesthetician at Alchemie explains, “It revs up circulation, de-puffs, improves skin elasticity and since it promotes lymphatic drainage, it’s detoxifying.”

Julie Clark, founder of Province Apothecary clarifies, “The body’s lymphatic system has a few main functions including being responsible for ridding the body of toxins through lymph fluid which carries waste away from tissues via an extensive system of vessels. A buildup of lymph fluid in the face can result in dull, tired-looking, puffy skin.”

I don’t know about you but as I get older I am retaining more fluids under my eyes and in my face. It’s so bad. Sometimes I wakeup in the morning and wonder, Did Mike Tyson come and go ape on my face while I was sleeping last night? If you can relate, don’t worry, jade rolling (and gua sha) can both help to instantly reduce the puff.

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I like this video that talks about the benefits of jade rolling, how to roll and especially how to target lymphatic drainage. Bookmark it, it’s a good one.

holding a facial dry brush, gua sha and jade roller in my hands

Full disclosure, I’ve definitely been caught using a jade roller on my forearms, hands and neck too. For someone who sits at the computer a lot it’s like a mini spa sesh! My friend keeps hers in the car and uses it any chance she gets. You can even try storing your jade roller in the fridge before using it for a cooler experience.

In addition to the benefits listed above, Jade rolling also helps oils penetrate the skin better driving nutrients and skin food.

The jade roller I have usually sells for $45 but you can pick up the Ginger Chi Jade Roller for just $24!

2. Gua Sha stones

using a gua sha and anchoring it at my hairline

This year I fell in love with The Empress Stone. Gua sha is hitting the beauty scene hard in 2019 and if you haven’t tried it yet, you must! Follow along with Wildling co-founder Britta @britta_beauty or check out Wildling for some how-to tutorials (free and paid).

What is gua sha?

Gua Sha is a face massage using a specific stone with an emphasis on lymphatic drainage. Britta says it offers an intensified re-patterning of habits in muscles and tissue, helping to remove metabolic waste, environmental pollution, and chemicals that may have entered into the body through conventional beauty productstap water, or an overuse of plastic.

The results ARE INSTANT and it’s pretty much a holistic version of Botox which Harpers covers in this 8 page spread. Britta Plug launched Wildling Beauty with plant alchemist Jill Munson and acupuncturist and herbalist Gianna De La Torre with the intention of helping women access the benefits of gua sha at home.

Not all gua shas are created equal…

Now there are several gua sha stones on the market. But not all are created equal. The better ones are made of precious stones like rose quartz or jade while some of the cheaper versions can be made of colored glass. Most have several different shaped sides intended for different parts of the face. But Wildling is the only tool (besides Cecily Braden’s $130 Nephrite Jade Gua Sha Stone which I’ve used too and the Lanshin $120) that I’ve seen with a comb edge. This edge is effective at lifting, draining, lightening hyperpigmentation and reducing fine lines!

The Empress Stone is actually custom crafted out of Bian Stone which contains over 40 trace minerals that contribute to optimal heath. I love gua sha because you can actually SEE the results. A truly natural way to lift, brighten and care for your skin. One try and you will be convinced!

Shop Wildling here!

3. Facial Dry Brushing

photo of Lisa running a dry brush up along her cheek

Daily Glow Facial Dry Brush – Maybe you have heard of dry brushing for the body but have you heard of dry brushing for your face?! Well, let me introduce you. Facial dry brushing is something you can do first thing in the morning – and the benefits are endless including reducing fine lines, dark circles, puffiness and giving you an instant glow.

I absolutely LOVE Julie Clark’s video on how to dry brush effectively; waking up the glands and stimulating the lymphatic system. An all around great tool for detoxifying, exfoliating and brightening. Plus did I mention how good this feels!?

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UPDATE: This post was first published in March 2018 and updated in January 2020. Initially it included a micro roller on the premise that by breaking down the skin, the skin is stimulated to build itself back up giving it a smoother, plumper and firmer appearance. HOWEVER, after learning more about micro needling and talking to my esthetician, I’ve discovered these tools can actually do just the opposite by creating trauma, scar tissue and hyperpigmentation. I no longer use nor promote the use of derma rollers, micro needling, micro rolling or anything in that vein. 

Check out my fave shampoo and a makeup line that just can’t lose! Plus, details on my anti-aging skincare routine!

Photos by Monkey + Squirrel

Xo, lisa

By Lisa

Lisa is the founder of This Organic Girl. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!


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    Angela Bowser

    Ooooo I’m soooo excited I found you on IG! Everything that you are doing is truly beautiful! These tools sound amazing. I have seen them before but didn’t realize they depuff?!?!? Girl, I’m in???????? Thank you for all of your helpful posts❤️

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      Girl, I’m in!!! Haha! Love your comment, thanks Angela!

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    Hi – Thanks for the reviews and awesome information that you provide! I watch all your Instagram posts and Insta-Stories, and have tried the Inika brand as a result. Love their mascara, and am trying out their foundation now. I’ve done some dry brushing (on my body), but have not yet invested in a dry brush for my face. I’d certainly like to give it a try though. And I’ve only briefly seen someone else use the jade roller, but I believe the one they used was stored in the freezer – so that it helped reduce puffiness around the eye area. Keep up the good work!

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      Thanks so much Marnie! Yes! You can totally store the roller in the fridge/freezer but its naturally cooling even without!

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    Thank you for this informative post! I hadn’t thought about dry brushing my face until I saw this. I just watched your Instastories and your skin was glowing after using these tools!

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      Right!!?? I have to put that video in this post – the transformation is incredible!

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    I was so excited to see you talk about the Province Apothecary facial dry brush! I have to admit I initially scoffed at the price (all that for a teeny-tiny face brush?? I thought) but am so glad I put my bias aside and purchased it. What a GREAT investment for my skin and I can’t stop telling all my friends about it. Super excited to now try a jade-roller!!

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      YES!!! Right!? Its seems so simple but it makes a huge impact!!! I love that you tell all your friends – I can just picture it!

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    Oh my God I loved this post so much! It’s amazing how simple tools can improve skin look and feel so much. Thanks for the great info, hoping to get my hands on these beauties soon!! Can’t wait to try them out ????????????

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    Shana Miller

    Yay! I love your blog and Insta feed! I was totally considering purchasing a jade roller just the other day so this giveaway is definitely a sign that I need one in my life! Thank you for this opportunity! Keep rockin this organic life ????

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      Its a sign! Haha! You too girl! xo

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    Thanks, Lisa! I’ve been thinking about a jade roller, but I was concerned about the price point. Love dry brushing for the body & face. Always appreciate how to share what you feel and learn as you test products. Fingers crossed!

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      Thanks so much for being here Corie!

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    I want to try all of the above! Never thought of treating my face in these ways. Thanks for the great content on Instagram!

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    Kristina Kumar

    Soo just watched your snap of you using all three of these facial tools. Your voice is so relaxing and after just watching you use the tools yourself I feel more relaxed!Haha

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      Haha! Thank you! That was at like 6am and I was so tired from the week, I could have rolled for hours!!! xo!

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    Lyndsi J

    This giveaway is amazing- thanks so much! I’ve just recently gotten into green beauty and have been dying to try one of the jade rollers!

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    Kelly m

    I would love to win! I’ve been wanting to try microneedling!

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    Lindsey Tanberg

    This trio sounds so beneficial. I have tried dry skin brushing myself and on my children.My son has sensory issues and dry brushing is one of the best ways to help him. I would love to try on my face. I just read an intriguing article in intuitive facials and how the Jade roller helps with the lymphatic drainage, so I am so on board to try. My skin is often really congested.I am a skincare product lover and have been really focused on healing from the inside-out with the use of supplements. Thank you so much for this gracious Jade roller giveaway! Blessings!

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    I’ve been super curious about these jade rollers I’ve seen popping up all over. Thanks for the great info on some interesting beauty tools!

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    I was just starting to search for some facial tools and would love to try some of these!! Thanks, as always, for the info 🙂

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    Cassandra Kocek

    Ooh, I would love to try this. My face always feels puffy when I wake up, so this would really help get the circulation going. The micro needle one honestly scares me a tiny bit but I’m still curious to try it!

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    Thanks you so much for your amazing articles and reviews! I would love to try the Jade roller! I personally use the Slim Cera Plus roller that is amazing too but way more expensive here in the US…

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    Thanks so much for your great review & tips!! I’ve been curious about facial “rolling” and I’d love to try it. My face holds tension (especially in my jaw line as well) so I think it’d be very beneficial. I use a body brush regularly but never thought to get one for my face!

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    I’ve been considering one of these rollers but wasn’t sure how to use them. Thanks for the info!

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    Sorry this is the correct email

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    Thanks for the giveaway. I’ve been really interested in trying some of these methods!

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