WHAT’S UP WITH JADE ROLLERS?
Why these little green rollers are all the rage.
Jade rollers are one of the latest Asian beauty products to hit the United States, but is it just another fad or are there serious skin benefits in store? Discover the truth about jade rollers and how you can incorporate them into your skincare routine with a few simple steps!
What is a Jade Roller?
Jade rollers first entered the U.S. beauty scene around 2016, when the first magazines and celebrities began to feature the beauty tool as a must-have item. Vogue seems to be the first magazine to catch on to the trend, while Alicia Keys and her beauty team were also early adopters to the skincare treatment. The tool is used both as a facial massager as well as a way to help facial oils and moisturizers sink into the pores more quickly.
Jade rollers look like miniature rolling pins or paint rollers made of pure jade stone. Just like a paint roller, these beauty tools roll smoothly across the skin of the face and neck. Some jade rollers actually have two sides, one end with a larger roller for the cheeks and forehead and another smaller roller for sensitive areas like under the eyes.
Benefits of Jade Rollers
Whether you’re interested in the physical or energetic benefits that can come with using a jade roller in your skincare routine, there are positive results in store for all users.
Some of the many benefits of jade rollers include:
- Improves circulation
- Reduces fine lines
- Supports lymphatic drainage
- Promotes collagen elasticity
- Reduces the appearance of puffiness or swelling
- Faster absorption of skincare products
- Reduces anxiety and fatigue
- Promotes general health and wellness
- Invites longevity, prosperity, and wealth
When used 1-2 times daily, jade rollers are said to help improve circulation in the skin, reduce fine lines, and support lymphatic drainage. Some say that jade rolling helps restore elasticity to the skin while also reducing puffiness and swelling. Fans of daily jade rolling have noted that skin feels more plump and glowing.
An additional benefit of jade rolling the skin is helping skincare products more deeply penetrate the skin and soak in. Instead of sitting around waiting for a serum to dry, apply the jade roller for several minutes. Users have reported that their skin felt more silky smooth and fresh when applying skincare products with a jade roller than without.
How To Use a Jade Roller
- Clean face with warm water and the cleanser product of your choice.
- Apply a few drops of serum or facial oil to skin and neck.
- Using the larger side of the jade roller, roll in an upward and outward direction while applying gentle pressure. Begin at the base of the cheek and work up the face.
- Roll 3 times per section of skin.
- Move to the forehead and repeat, rolling upward and outward. Be especially gentle here as this part of the face doesn’t have as much skin to provide cushion.
- Now switch to the smaller side of the jade roller. Repeat the process under the eyes.
- Finally, using the large side of the jade roller, massage the neck by rolling down and away from the face.
- It’s important to disinfect the jade roller after use. Using soap and water, gently scrub your jade roller and rinse clean to remove any leftover product or bacteria that may remain on the jade roller.
Tips for Best Jade Roller Results
Want to ensure you’re getting the most out of your jade rolling? There are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure you’re not putting too much intensity into your jade rolling. The face is a delicate area of the body and should be massaged with care. Apply sufficient pressure to activate the lymphatic drainage, but not enough to cause harm to the skin.
The direction of rolling is another important tip to keep in mind. Just as it’s recommended to apply skincare products in the upward and outward motion, the same applies to jade rolling. Rolling up and out is a crucial aspect of ensuring you get the full benefits of this facial treatment. Finally, if the natural coolness of the jade stone isn’t quite enough for you, consider keeping the jade roller in the fridge or freezer. The added chill can help you feel fresh-faced, rejuvenated, and help to further minimize inflammation or dark circles.
History of Jade Rollers
Though they didn’t make a splash in the United States until fairly recently, these rollers have actually been a common beauty tool in China for hundreds of years. The jade roller is known as “yushi gunlun” in China and became popular during the Qing dynasty, from 1644 to 1912. The emperors during this time treated the jade roller as a valuable secret, believing that the jade on the skin protected them against negative energy. Originally, the jade roller was used exclusively by the royal and elite families of China, but over time this product became widely available.
Though the pressure from the roller is important, the key element of this tool is the jade itself. Traditional Chinese medicine refers to jade as the ‘stone of heaven’. It is a symbol of health, wealth, and longevity and is said to carry mysterious healing properties.
Jade is also known for its innate cool temperature and was often used by the Mayans and Egyptians in ancient times for muscle relief. Today, newer treatments for anxiety and fatigue have also been developed using jade.
Are you a lover of jade beauty products? Or not buying into the power of the jade roller? Share your experience with this tool with us in the comments.