Cue the collective eyeroll — the latest skincare craze is here (you were sick of those charcoal mask peel videos anyway, right?).
Jade rollers have burst onto the scene this summer as a cool, simple way to enhance your skin’s natural beauty, sans the usual ultra-matte coverage concealer. With a lot of history and a little bit of science to back the concept up, I rushed to Amazon to order one and give it a try.
The History of the Jade Roller
The origins of the jade beauty roller lie in Chinese history. These beautiful tools were once used by the elite to keep skin beautiful and women ageless. Known as the “Stone of Heaven”, jade was and still is a sought after cool green stone as beautiful as it is useful.
In ancient times, the naturally cool properties of jade were used by Mayans and Egyptians to aid with muscle relief in massage.
The Benefits of a Jade Roller
So why are people rubbing jade on their faces? Jade is a naturally cool stone, and using it to massage your face can actually make a difference.
Jade rollers work in much the same way as massage does, working the tissue of your face gently to relax the muscles and release toxin buildup. The result is skin that’s tighter and brighter, a more even tone, and saying buh-bye to bags under the eyes.
Your body has what’s known as a lymphatic system. The lymphs in your body are constantly hard at work collecting toxins and moving them to your body’s waste systems.
Sometimes though, the overexposure in modern life to toxins can cause these lymphs to become overwhelmed and hold onto more toxins than they should.
Massaging your face with a jade roller supposedly helps to reactivate these lymphs and get things moving again, aiding with circulation overall and reducing puffiness, especially around the eyes.
It’s so effective at reducing swelling that some people even use them on their swollen ankles!
Get More Oomph From Your Products
In addition to improving your circulation and reducing puffiness, jade rollers are a great way to get more out of your skincare products. Applying moisturizers and anti-aging serums to your roller ensures maximum absorption and keeps your fingers from pulling at the gentle skin of your eyes too much as the product gets worked in.
How to Use a Jade Roller
Jade rollers are simple enough to use.
1. Keep yours in the refrigerator for the best effect
2. Start with a clean, dry face
3. If desired, apply your skin care product to the roller
4. Starting from the center of your forehead with the large end of the roller, move the roller from your browline to the edge of your scalp
5. Continue working the roller from the center of your face out as you move to your eyes, nose and chin
6. Use the smaller roller for your eyes, and use light pressure
7. Gradually apply more pressure as you approach the outer edges of your face
The idea behind this is that you’re breaking up sedentary blood vessels and moving pooled up blood in capillaries away from your face.
We Tried It — Does It Really Work?
I was super curious about this latest beauty craze, so I gave it a shot myself. I live in the Pacific Northwest, an area that is currently hanging out around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and my face has been unusually puffy and red lately as a result.
Before bed, I pulled the jade roller out of my refrigerator, along with the rose quartz butterfly that came with the one that I ordered.I washed my face and patted it dry, then used the butterfly on my forehead in firm, circular motions on the round side of the wing. I ran the sharper angle of the wing in gentle strokes from my forehead, through my hair, to the back of my scalp.
Ahhhh. Seriously, it feels so good to do this in the middle of a heatwave.
Next, I spritzed my face with a little of Annmarie Rosemary Toning Mist, then allowed that to dry. Now it was time to use the roller. I put a drop of my Fruit Serum on the big roller and started working it over my forehead, then put some on the small end and worked it over the rest of my face.
I woke up in the morning and just sort of stared at my face — it did look different!
The effects definitely fade in the heat of the day for me, but every night that I’ve used these beautiful little tools, my face has been noticeably tighter and smoother in the morning and definitely less blotchy.
It’s also great for applying a light face mask. I used it with my Plantioxidants Kale Mask one night, and it felt like I’d had a facelift the next day.
Hokey or not, these tools are gorgeous, and they do seem to work! Give them a try, and order the set I used.
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