Scroll through any beauty blog, Instagram account, or Pinterest board and there's a good chance you've come across the latest trend in skincare and self-care: jade rollers. While the popularity of this skincare tool is exploding, it's far from a new invention.
Much like rose quartz rollers, jade rollers have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as a way to improve the flow of "chi" (energy) throughout the body's meridians (energy channels). But does incorporating a jade roller into your beauty routine really live up to the hype? And how can you get the most benefits of jade roller usage?
To answer these questions and more, we've created this guide that shares everything you need to know about jade rolling. You'll discover the many benefits of jade rollers, the best techniques for using one, how to choose a high-quality version, and why making it a regular part of your skincare routine can be a game-changer.
What Is a Jade Roller?
A jade roller is a handheld, massaging skincare tool that looks like a mini paint roller or rolling pin. It's made of jade, which has long been treasured in China as a stone with healing and soothing properties. These portable, pocket-size massagers come with either one head or two that you can roll across your face. Sometimes, one head has a textured, studded side while the other has a smooth, polished side.
Traditionally, acupuncturists and other practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have used jade rollers to address various health concerns that correspond to the meridian points (pictured above) on the face. Today, you're just as likely to see an aesthetician or facialist at your local spa using a jade roller for cosmetic purposes such as de-puffing and contouring skin as well as improving overall facial circulation.
Beware of Fake Jade Rollers
As with so many beauty products on the market, there are plenty of fakes out there. Be sure to only select a high-quality jade facial roller such as this one from Primal Life Organics that is made with real jade.
Keep in mind that authentic jade is cool to the touch, so if your roller feels warm or doesn't cool after usage, then it's not the real deal. Many so-called jade rollers today are made with plastic or even marble (which also has a cool temperature), so be sure to buy from a reputable source.
If you see a jade roller that's dirt cheap, it's almost certainly an imitation, which can be harmful since you don't know what the material is or if it was treated with synthetic chemicals.
Benefits of Jade Roller Usage
From top beauty bloggers and vloggers to celebrities including Meghan Markle and Rachael Ray, countless people swear by this ancient Chinese tool for its ability to combat puffiness, tone skin, and improve energy flow. But don't just take their word for it. Many doctors agree.
According to an Oprah Magazine article, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Bard states that much like facial massages, jade rollers "help stimulate circulation and aid lymphatic drainage, which can help decrease puffiness." Let's take a look at more benefits of jade roller usage.
Soothes Facial Skin
Massaging your face and neck with an ultra-smooth jade stone roller feels cool and pleasant to the touch as it glides across your skin. Unlike bare fingers, a jade roller won’t pull and tug at your skin. As such, you can preserve your skin’s elasticity, keeping fine lines at bay and soothing your skin rather than irritating it.
If you have a dual-textured roller (like the one from Primal Life Organics), you can use the smooth side all over your face including your eye area. The textured end can help smooth and stimulate trouble spots on your forehead, cheeks, and jawline.
Smoothes and Relaxes Skin
Did you know that your face contains 43 different muscles? Tense facial muscles and repeated expressions such as squinting, furrowing your brow, or raising your forehead can lead to deep lines across the surface of your skin. The ultra-gentle massage action of a jade roller relaxes the facial muscles, helping to relieve strain and relax fine lines. Helping these muscles to relax with gentle massaging can go a long way in maintaining a smoother and more youthful complexion.
Boosts Circulation and Lymphatic Drainage
The process of rolling the jade across your face increases circulation to your skin and helps with lymph drainage. There are more than 300 lymph nodes in your face and neck, so this type of facial massage is an excellent way to loosen and clear any fluid build-up, potentially reducing sinus issues and certainly de-puffing.
With better circulation, your skin enjoys an increase of oxygen and nutrients flowing to its surface. This increased blood flow to the skin can last over 10 minutes after just a five-minute massage, giving you a rosy, brilliant luminosity. The roller can also be used on the sides of your neck to promote better circulation in the lymph areas where toxins can build up.
Supercharges Your Other Skincare Products
Skincare products, no matter how good, aren’t useful unless they actually absorb into the skin. The Primal Life Organics jade roller works in harmony with our serums, moisturizers, and elixirs by making the application process more efficient. Although you can use the roller on bare skin prior to applying your skincare products, it's ideal to use it immediately after applying face oil and other skincare products to help work them into the skin. Try the Jade and Gemstone Energy Glow Kit or use the jade facial roller right after applying our Blu Berry Elixir for a major hydration boost.
How to Use a Jade Roller
To optimize the benefits of jade rollers, you need to know how to use them. For starters, make sure you clean it before and after every use. A little warm water and soap is fine. You can store your roller in the refrigerator between uses if you want that extra cool sensation.
When to use: After you wash your face.
Frequency: Daily is best, twice daily is even better. Since it takes less than three minutes to jade roll, it's easy to fit in your busy schedule. Use it both morning and night to remove morning puffy-face and nighttime stress. Jade stays cool to the touch and reduces excess fluid in your tissue for younger, more vibrant skin.
How to use: Use your jade roller with Infiniti Face Toner. Simply spray your face with 3-4 spritzes and use the jade roller to massage it in. The toner will make the jade feel even cooler and refresh your skin. You could also use it with our Aura Gemstone & Hemp Serum, which allows you to double-up on the gemstone energy. Aura has a gemstone rollerball application to revitalize your skin. It also contains two gemstones inside the serum to infuse the power and "chi" (which is also known as “life force” or “energy” in traditional Chinese medicine) from gemstone to serum to skin.
Top Techniques for Jade Rolling
You can use the smooth side of your jade roller for any part of your face and the textured side for trouble areas like your forehead, fine lines, or laugh lines. Keep in mind that unlike plastic surgery, fillers, and Botox, using a natural tool like a jade roller won't create instant or drastic results.
- Cheeks: Place the large end of the jade roller on your chin, apply medium pressure, and roll it outwards toward your ear. Repeat in the same spot 5-6 times, then move up along your cheekbones. Repeat on the opposite side.
- Forehead: Next, move up to your forehead. Starting in the middle of your forehead, use the large end to roll towards your ears. Repeat in the same motion 5-6 times, then switch to the opposite side of your forehead.
- Under eyes: Apply medium pressure and roll from the inner eye towards the outer corner. Repeat 10-15 times and switch to your other eye.
- Eyebrows: Follow the same method as under the eyes, only now do it above your eyes. Be sure to roll in an upward and outward direction toward your hairline.
- Crow's feet: Using the textured end, apply medium pressure and move the small end of the roller rapidly up and down on the corner of your eye. Repeat on the other side.
- Jawline: Finish by using the textured end of the roller to dig deep into the joint of your jaw. Press firmly (without causing any discomfort) and move back and forth. Then, use rapid rolling on spots that feel especially tight.
Enjoy the Benefits of Jade Roller In Your Skincare Routine
As a gemstone, jade has been used for thousands of years for its healing and soothing properties. It's no wonder that jade rollers have become such a must-have in modern times. Returning to a more natural approach to health and wellness, beauty, and self-care is a step in the right direction and it's not just for superficial reasons.
Sure, jade rollers can help with de-puffing, contouring, and smoothing your skin. But this palm-sized powerhouse also boosts circulation and stimulates lymphatic drainage, which are legitimate health benefits. Whether you use your jade roller once a day or twice a day, stick with it so you can look and feel your best.