Social media thinks this cheap £5 face sculpting tool can replace facial fillers

There’s been a noticeable increase in people seeking out facial fillers recently, and despite plenty of celebs sharing they’ve decided to dissolve theirs, it doesn’t seem to perturb others who are keen to give their face a couple of ‘tweakments’.

However, before you rush off to book your filler appointment you might want to check out TikTok’s latest beauty trend, which claims a simple £5 face sculpting tool can give you the same effect as fillers for a whole lot less money (and pain).

TikToker @lebaneseangel22, also known as simply ‘MW’,recently shared a videothat currently has more than 817k views, in which she says: "You don't need face filler, you just need to Gua Sha," before showing a tutorial on how to use the tool to sculpt your face.

In her video, she uses a gua sha similar to this budget-friendly Premium Stainless Steel Gua Sha Stone, £5.49 here, for her facial sculpting routine, revealing that she does the process every morning.

To start with, MW does a series of massage techniques using her hands to open up her lymph nodes under her arms and around her nose, ears, collarbones and eyebrows.

She then uses an oil-based skincare product on her skin and begins by using the Gua Sha, with the longer end at the bottom, along her jawline, dragging it up towards her ears and then down her neck.

After her jawline, she demonstrates a series of other sweeping motions for different areas of her face, including below and above her cheekbones, the upper eye area, and the sides of her nose, all of which supposedly help sculpt and define your facial structure without the need for filler.

She’s posted several more videos about the method, saying: “I’ve said this before. 90% of you don’t need facial fillers, you just need a Gua Sha and a NuFace”, referring to the Nuface Mini Facial Toning Device, £140 here (was £175), which emits extremely low-voltage electrical currents that mirror your body's own natural currents, stimulating collagen and elastin production and repairing skin and giving you a non-surgical face lift from the comfort of your own home.

@lebaneseangel22 isn’t the only TikToker sharing this sentiment, with userViral_Skincareealso sharing a video showing how to use a Gua Sha to give the appearance of fuller lips, without a needle in sight.

In her video, she applies skincare oil to the area around her lips before using the curved edge of her Gua Sha, similar to Beauty Bay's Jade Gua Sha, £7.35 here (was £10.50), to sweep the area around the lips, saying “Oh my gosh it worked” as she shows off a fuller looking pout.

According to the TikTokers, consistency is key to the technique working, so if you’re expecting to do it once and see results you might be left a little disappointed. But do the results really compare to filler?

Dr Dean Rhobaye, Group Medical Director atElan Laser Clinicssaid: Gua sha is claimed to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles by relaxing the underlying muscles, as well as helping to tighten and clarify the skin, and define and sculpt the face. Gua sha is, therefore, promoted as providing a natural, holistic approach to skin rejuvenation through a non-invasive procedure that does not require needles or injections.”

So far so good, however he also said that the results are unlikely to be the same as those achieved with medical-grade procedures like fillers and Botox, and warned: “There are concerns that repeatedly massaging the face over time can lead to the weakening of the facial ligaments that normally help support the facial soft tissue. Consequently, rather than helping to tighten the skin and define the face, long term practice of Gua sha may accelerate the development of facial sagging."

So, it may not be the ideal long-term solution to filler, however for a little skincare boost to help revive and refresh your skin, a little Gua Sha never hurt any body.

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