By now you have probably heard of the jade roller. It seems like every magazine has mentioned them in the last few months. And if you haven’t heard of them yet, well AWKWARD, they’ve only been around since the 17th century! I love trying different beauty tools and at such a reasonable price, with so many claimed benefits, I had to have one.
But do they actually do anything?
What is a jade roller?
The jade roller is made from jade stone and works like a paint roller for your face. It is said to help stimulate lymphatic drainage, decrease puffiness and most exciting, minimize the look of fine lines.
Jade rollers have been used by members of high society in China since the 17th century where the stone was believed to have healing and protective properties. The roller has only recently gained popularity in the U.S. and even more recently Ireland.
Many versions of the jade roller are dual-ended, with a smaller stone on the opposite end for use on smaller areas, like around the eyes.
What are the benefits?
The jade roller can be compared to a deep tissue massage for the face. We don’t often think of our facial muscles but they can hold tension like any other part of the body. This tension can cause wrinkles and fine lines, especially around our forehead and eyes. The gentle pressure and roller motions across your face can loosen the tension by promoting circulation and improving skin elasticity. The jade stone is cool to the touch, which can be soothing on the skin and help de-puff in the morning. It also promotes lymphatic drainage which is said to help prevent breakouts.
How do you do it?
On a clean and cleansed face roll from the centre of the face in upwards and outwards motions. Start at the neck and end at the forehead. Make sure you are not rolling up and down, roll upwards and take away from the skin and start again. I like to roll about five times in each place.
- Roll over the chin, up the sides of the face towards the ears.
- Use the smaller end of the jade roller to gently roll under your eyes.
- On your forehead begin in the middle and move outwards to either side.
- If using on your neck roll downwards away from the face.
You can use it on its own, but I love to use it with serums and facial oils to help them penetrate deeper into the skin. I always find if I’m applying products before bed half of it is being absorbed into my pillow so this extra step can help ensure they are fully effective and being absorbed into the skin! It’s also extra refreshing if you store the roller in your fridge.
Keep the roller clean by washing it with soapy water after use.
Where do you buy one?
Online mostly. They vary in price depending on their quality, some are made from natural stone and can be expensive while cheaper versions are said to be made from glass. I bought mine on Amazon HERE and while the price was super cheap it claims to be true Jade stone. Either way, I really think it is effective and they probably do the same job. I know they say you get what you pay for and most of the time I agree but I was very happy with my €9.00 roller.
*It’s important to remember that no one tool or product is ever going to cure or fix anything. I think the jade tool is a wonderful addition to a skincare routine and a really effective way to help products absorb into the skin while helping to drain the lymphatic system leading to a better complexion and healthy skin.
The jade roller isn’t the only roller I have been testing the last few months, I am also trying out at home micro-needling. You can only microneedle every few weeks so a review of that will be coming a little later.