Curious why everyone is still talking and ‘gramming about the little paint roller-type tool made from solid jade stone? While some may think the facial jade roller is nothing more than last year’s hot beauty trend that got lucky enough to stick around for one more lap around the blogosphere sun, others claim it to be the secret gem (literally) behind their healthy, glowing skin.
Despite its highly Instagrammable look and celeb-status boost in popularity, the jade facial roller is one trend that has (and will) stand the test of time—even Khloe Kardashian proclaimed it as magic wand of beauty. Here’s all the reasons why you need a jade roller in your daily beauty routine.
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Improves blood flow + increases collagen production & skin elasticity
Jade facial rollers have been around since ancient times, dating all the way back to before the 17th century when they were used by empresses and members of high society in China. Jade is known as the stone of beauty and eternal youth in Chinese culture, and rolling it across your skin moves stagnant Qi (energy) and toxins, stimulates blood circulation, and increases the proportion of elastin and collagen in your skin. Beauty experts recommend keeping your jade roller in the fridge to reap max skin tightening benefits, and the added cooling factor perks you right up in the morning. Up and at ’em.
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Relieves facial muscles + makes your beauty products work better
Our facial muscles store a lot of tension. This tension can cause wrinkles and fine lines, especially around our forehead and eyes. Massaging your face with a jade roller instantly helps to iron out these kinks, especially along your brow and jawline—so you’re not just immediately giving your skin a boost, but also preventing wrinkles down the line (at a much lower price tag than baby botox).
A jade roller can help to reduce common flair ups and headaches caused by TMJ, too. The stone allows for deep pressure that relieves muscle tension in and around the jaw, without slipping off the muscles that cause locking and misalignment.
Also, using a jade roller in conjunction with your other beauty products can actually make them work better. Start by cleansing your face (if you’re looking for a great new cleanser, here’s our favorites.) Then, apply a facial oil or serum, grab your jade from the fridge, and start rolling. The tool helps your facial products penetrate deeper into your skin, rather than sitting on top of its outermost layer.
What I liked most about the jade roller was how efficient it made my morning routine. Not only did it help my serum do a better job at absorbing, it helped wake me up with its cool glides, and cut down my getting ready time overall – (huuge). Generally, after I’ve applied my morning serum or oil, I’ve always needed to wait for it to soak in before doing anything else, but using the jade roller helped the products soak into my skin much faster, and I was I was able to apply my moisturizer right away.
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Detoxifies the body by stimulating lymphatic drainage
The gentle massaging motion stimulates the lymphatic system and lymphatic drainage throughout your face. According to this beauty expert, “Stimulating the lymphatic system cleanses the body of stagnant waste products, pathogens, and debris at a cellular level. It helps in the reduction of swelling, regenerates tissues caused by burning and scarring, and reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, allergies, acne, and other conditions.”
Think of the lymphatic system as the inner toilet system of your body—it is responsible for picking up practically all the body’s wastes as well as viruses and bacteria, which it transports to the lymph nodes to be broken down by immune cells. Sometimes due to injury, illness, physical inactivity or tension, the lymphatic system can get overwhelmed and backlogged, which can lead to immune problems, brain fog, achiness, or swelling. The jade roller helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and get your bodily fluids moving in all the right directions. Exit: toxins and waste. Enter: glowing complexion and healthy skin.
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Prevents fluid retention and decreases puffy under eyes
Jennifer Stoeckert, holistic facialist and creator of Minimal Beauty, says, “jade rollers are great for puffiness and redness. The jade stone is cool to the touch, which can be soothing on the skin. It can help calm and even out your complexion, too,” she says. These experts agree. “Jade rollers can make your skin noticeably less puffy, which helps to define your cheekbones, jawline, and brows.”
I travel with the roller in my bag at all times. The cool stone helps reduce puffiness which makes it great for using during or after flights, or when I don’t want to look as jet lagged and tired as I really am.
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Allows your body to rest and your cells to regenerate
Metaphysically, jade has long been associated with peace and harmony, and is known to help reduce stress. The relaxing properties of using a jade roller could indirectly prevent acne and help breakouts too, according to this expert dermatologist.
Thoroughly convinced you’re missing out on this ancient Chinese beauty secret?
Here’s how it works: (rolling technique is important to reap allll the aforementioned benefits, so read carefully…)
The tool generally features a larger stone for cheeks, jaw and forehead, and a smaller stone for under the eyes and around the mouth.
According to skincare expert and facialist Abigail James, “To use it, start with gentle pressure at the center of the face under the eyes and cheekbones and move out towards the hairline, Next, move down towards the jawbone, starting at the center of the chin and moving out towards the bottom of the ear. Finish by rolling down the sides of the neck towards the center of the clavicle. Rolling down is really important, since it helps to send all the toxins built up in the face towards the center of the body where they can be detoxified and processed.”
“It’s best to use the roller back and forth, up and down and out to the side,” James says. “To get the most out of it for an uplifting massage, work around your facial contours. I would usually recommend more pressure with the upwards motion, – you want to lift the muscles with this action. Don’t forget the neck also,” she adds.
Here’s how to clean it properly and make it last:
If you want to apply additional serum or moisturizer after you roll, go for it. If not, your final step in the process should always always be cleaning the jade roller thoroughly with warm, soapy water. This thing is touching your face every single day (or twice a day, if you’re feeling saucy), so keep it clean.