a photo of Shani Darden from the shoulders up applying the facial sculpting wand to her right cheek

How To Sculpt Your Face Using a Wand

If you follow social media skincare trends, chances are that you’ve seen many facial sculpting devices or techniques. Whether they’re jade rollers, vibration therapy devices, simple exercises, or futuristic microcurrent devices, they all promise the same thing: a sculpted face.

Vibration therapy is quickly becoming a must-have for defined and youthful-looking skin.”

  • Shani

With so many methods of facial sculpting, which one is the most effective? Read on for my thoughts on these trendy devices, and find out which one is truly the best.

What Is Facial Sculpting?

Facial sculpting describes firming areas of skin to highlight the natural bone structure underneath – kind of like a facelift. Historically, this has been a plastic surgery term because it involved invasive surgical procedures.

However, as dermatology and aesthetic medicine have evolved, there are now multiple at-home, over-the-counter devices that can achieve the appearance of facial sculpting. Read on for some of the most trendy devices and how they stack up.

Facial Rolling

Facial rollers are small, handheld devices that usually feature a large, spherical stone that you can roll against your skin. These stones are often jade but may occasionally be amethyst and rose quartz.

Rollers are known for helping to reduce puffiness and irritation, and they’re usually cooled before use. Interestingly enough, the Chinese have used cool stones to achieve these effects for centuries.

Facial rolling involves rolling the handheld tool against your skin in a massage-like manner to sculpt your face gently. You typically roll out from the center of your face, and you should avoid a back-and-forth motion. You should generally only use a roller for five minutes a day, and its effects only last a few hours.

Facial Exercises

Facial exercises, also known as facial yoga, involve repeating a series of muscle-stimulating movements to build a muscular profile in your face. These exercises can involve tongue, mouth, eyebrow, and eye movements. Facial yoga can also incorporate some elements of facial massage.

Studies have shown facial yoga to reduce visible signs of aging, but it requires a larger time investment. You’ll need to dedicate about 30 minutes a day to the exercises, and it can take months for results to show up.

There’s also some risk to facial yoga. If performed without the proper technique, the exercise can increase signs of aging. Repeated movements can deepen fine lines and wrinkles, so it’s important to conduct facial exercises alongside a dermatologist.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is the practice of using tool-assisted massage to soothe irritation and sculpt the face. This practice is an offshoot of traditional Chinese medicine, where qi, or energy, is physically moved throughout the body.

It’s believed that illness and irritation resulted from stagnant energy, which must be moved to bring healing. Although the traditional ideas don’t necessarily relate to dermatology or esthetics, Gua Sha has recently been modified as a facial sculpting technique.

Gua Sha uses a rounded tool that you press against your face and move in an outward motion. You should not move the tool back and forth. When used in this way, Gua Sha can reduce the appearance of puffiness and irritation. 

Microcurrent Devices

Microcurrent therapy uses a light electrical current to stimulate cell growth and collagen production in your face. This technique requires a microcurrent device that you can use to massage against your skin. As with the other methods, you want to move the device in an outward motion. 

Although microcurrent therapy provides some excellent results, you must be consistent to see those results. Every therapy session compounds with the others to produce stronger effects. In other words, if you aren’t consistent, you probably won’t notice a difference.

Vibration Therapy

Vibration therapy involves using a device that vibrates at a certain frequency to transmit sound waves into your skin. Those sound waves stimulate your skin and can help reduce visible signs of aging, as well as firm and sculpt the skin.

Vibration therapy is a cutting-edge skincare technology that you can use to achieve results simply by dedicating a few minutes of every day to the treatment. 

Why Use Vibration Therapy?

Vibration therapy is a special facial sculpting method because it targets the deeper layers of the skin. In fact, the right wand can send sound waves as far as six centimeters below the skin’s surface. This targets deep lines and wrinkles for results from the inside out.

Vibration therapy can also stimulate circulation. Better circulation increases oxygen flow to specific areas, which can help give a more glowing appearance. It can also help skin feel more firm, therefore contouring the appearance of your face with each use.

Because vibration therapy is so powerful, you might notice results immediately. A vibration wand is also more compatible with home use than less intuitive methods like Gua Sha or facial exercises.

How Can I Sculpt My Face With a Wand?

The Facial Sculpting Wand is my favorite method of facial sculpting. Here are a few tips and tricks to get the most out of your sculpting routine.

Step One: Cleanse Skin

Prepare your skin for a vibration therapy session by using a gentle cleanser to remove dirt and buildup from the day. It’s important to have clean skin before starting your session because otherwise, the vibrations may cause irritation.

Once your skin is clean, gently pat it dry

Step Two: Choose a Gel or Serum

Vibration therapy is most effective when combined with a soothing gel or skin-brightening serum. I recommend using my Hydra Prep Gel, specifically designed for facial sculpting devices and infusing skin with deep hydration.

If you’re looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, you might want to add My Retinol Reform to your skincare routine as well. This formula combines encapsulated retinol with lactic acid for some serious anti-aging goodness. Studies show that anti-aging serums can actually have stronger effects and more noticeable results when used in a complete skincare routine that includes vibration therapy.

Step Three: Sculpt

Use your vibration wand to gently massage the product into your skin using an outward motion. Make sure to use repeated motions without going back and forth, and continue for two to five minutes.

I recommend my Facial Sculpting Wand. This wand is a clinical-strength device that is designed to give you professional results within the comfort of your home. With two attachments and dual settings designed for even the most sensitive areas of your skin, this wand can show results almost immediately.

Final Thoughts

Facial sculpting is a new trend that may seem unfounded but is actually rooted in science and even traditional medicine. Of all the facial sculpting methods, vibration therapy is the most effective and has results that last the longest, thanks to high-performance sound wave technology. 

To see its results for yourself, simply apply a gel or serum to clean your skin and use your wand according to the instructions.


Face Rolling: How To Do It and Its Many Benefits | Cleveland Clinic

Can Doing Facial Exercises Help You Look Younger? | Cleveland Clinic

Why Gua Sha is Good for You | Cleveland Clinic

Effects of a Skin-Massaging Device on the Ex-Vivo Expression of Human Dermis Proteins and In-Vivo Facial Wrinkles | PubMed Central


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