Gua Sha vs. Bojin

Gua Sha vs. Bojin

Social media is abuzz with Gua Sha tools. Beauty gurus are hyping these crystals that work like a charm for the skin. Many people are satisfied with the results. And some people are looking at alternatives like microcurrent facials, tui na, and bojin facials. 

It's time to find out if Gua Sha is better than Bojin. This will help you decide better. 

What are Gua Sha and Bojin anyway?

If these names sound foreign to you, let me introduce you to them.

Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese technique that involves massaging your face with jade or rose quartz stones. They often come in the form of a flat and crescent-shaped stone.

Bojin is a facial that involves a ‘bian shi’ stone (shaped like a horn). The stone is held ‘pen’ style and is used to massage your face.

Gua Sha vs. Bojin: The Difference

Gua Sha

  • Gua Sha triggers lymphatic system movements and encourages lymphatic drainage from the facial skin. This helps to flush out the toxins and give you healthier skin.
  • The face instantly appears plumped, glowing, and de-puffed. With the right technique and consistent usage, Gua Sha gives a natural facelift and the appearance of a more sculpted face.
  • For the eye area, you can simply place your stone under the eye. The coolness of it is enough to de-puff the eye region. 
  • Facial Gua Sha is not supposed to be painful, but using Gua Sha on the body might feel uncomfortable for some. 


  • Bojin, too, helps with lymphatic drainage and gets rid of the toxins from the face. It also twiddles with the tendons and ligaments, which is a good workout. 
  • Mostly, Bojin helps get rid of the blockages in the meridian channels and rejuvenates the skin.
  • The pain from Bojin is tolerable, but not everyone may like the discomfort.

But is Gua Sha better than bojin? 

We compared both the facials from all angles and came up with this comparison. 

  • Gua Sha can be performed in the comfort of your own home. You may purchase your own Gua Sha stone and watch videos on the internet on how to Gua Sha. On the other hand, Bojin is usually done by professionals as it is tricky to do a Bojin facial at home. 
  • With facial Gua Sha, you are in control of the pressure you apply. As such, Gua Sha tools are unlikely to leave any marks unless you apply too much pressure. Bojin is usually performed by someone else, and you have little control over the treatment. There are times when people end up with bruises or red patches that last for a day. 
  • Gua Sha, when done at home, can take up to 20 minutes. Generally, facial Gua Sha that is done in your beauty regime will take about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, Bojin facials may take up anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes. 
  • The results of both the facials are more or less the same. Considering this, Gua Sha certainly is a smarter economic decision. Buying a nice Gua Sha kit will cost you around $20 to $200. With your own Gua Sha set, you can perform an unlimited amount of Gua Sha facials for yourself. 
  • One Bojin session can cost anywhere from around $450 to $500. For long-lasting results, you will have to go for consistent visits.  

Generally, there is a lack of scientific research to prove that Bojin is effective and has long-lasting results. Ultimately, it is up to your personal preference on whether Gua Sha or Bojin is a better method.