For the past few years, it’s been all but impossible to shop in the cosmetics department of a store or open a beauty magazine without seeing them — little instruments that look like tiny rolling pins, usually made out of jade or rose quartz. Known as jade rollers, these little tools are the latest in beauty gadgetry, but what do they actually do? And how do you use them? Most people aren’t really sure which is why in this article, we’ll talk about how to use a jade roller, the benefits of jade rollers, and talk about some other beauty tools that might be of interest!
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Main Takeaways: Known primarily for their ability to massage the face, jade rollers are also said to aid in lymphatic drainage, a process that reduces puffiness and dark circles.
Good to Know: The best way to use a jade roller is to apply a little face oil or serum to help it glide more smoothly across the face.
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What is a Jade Roller?
No doubt you’ve seen jade rollers on the shelves of your favorite beauty supply store. Usually it comes as a two-sided tool with one big and one little jade bead on each side. Although it may be one of the hottest new beauty crazes, its origin goes back literally hundreds of years. Said to have started in the Qing dynasty in China. As it does today, the jade roller was thought to have anti-aging powers and an ability to keep skin looking young, among other things. Unlike today, back then it was largely a tool of the elite.
A true jade roller should be made out of real jade. Although most jade rollers are very affordable, if it’s a little too cheap, you’re probably not buying real jade. How can you tell otherwise? Well, nature, while wonderful, isn’t flawless, so if the jade in your jade roller looks a little too perfect, it could be fake.
You’ve probably also seen rose quartz rollers as well. While some people feel there is a difference in terms of the energy given off by either jade or rose quartz, most people agree that in terms of skincare, jade rollers and rose quartz rollers do essentially the same things. If there is a difference, it’s only that rose quartz tends to stay cooler longer than jade will.
What are the benefits of a jade roller?
Although most people usually think of a jade roller as something you use to massage your skin, in fact, jade rollers have many more benefits than just that.
Here are just a few benefits of a jade roller:
- It massages the skin - As we said above, jade rollers are mostly known for their ability to massage the skin, a process that is said to leave it brighter and more vibrant.
- It stimulates the lymphatic drainage - Jade rollers help flush away toxins and fluids from your face, allowing the skin to look much healthier.
- It helps reduce puffiness - Part of what can make skin look puffy is a lot of extra fluid. By flushing those toxins out, that puffiness subsides.
- It helps dark circles - Obviously, you want to be careful with anything you use close to the eye area, but we think if you go gently over the dark circles under your eyes with the small side of a jade roller, you’ll see a noticeable improvement. Instead of serum, you can put a little eye cream on your roller in this case.
- It helps apply product - If you’re one of those people who hates applying product to your face with your hands, there’s no reason you can’t put a little moisturizer or face oil on a jade roller and apply it that way. You might even find it goes on more evenly.
- It feels fantastic - If you haven’t experienced how refreshing it is to roll a jade roller on your skin, you haven’t lived! If you really want a treat, keep it in the fridge for an hour or so before you use it!
- Bonus benefit: Those of us with sinus issues know that while jade rollers won’t help whatever your underlying sinus issues are, they can help tremendously with alleviating some of the pressure that comes with sinus problems. Just roll the roller with a little more pressure when you go over the area on the sides of your nose and on your forehead, between your eyes.
How to Use a Jade Roller
Now that you know what a jade roller does, it’s important to make sure you know how to use it properly. Using a jade roller correctly is really simple. As you’ll see, the main idea here is to roll “up, up and away,” that means roll upwards and out towards the sides of your face rather than towards the middle or down.
- First, put a little serum or face oil on your jade roller. This will help make the roller go over the skin more smoothly and will help distribute serum while you’re at it.
- Take your jade roller and place it on the bridge of your nose. Apply gentle pressure while rolling the jade roller on your cheek, out towards the side of your face. Try to err on the side of rolling up rather than down.
- When you’ve finished rolling the area on your cheeks, place the jade roller between your eyes (where a unibrow would connect). Gently apply pressure and roll up towards your hairline. Do this until you’ve “rolled” your entire forehead.
- Place the roller on your chin and roll up your jawline towards your ears.
- You can also take the smaller side of the jade roller and roll — very, very gently — around the eye area, moving up and out towards your temples.
- There’s no reason you can’t also use the jade roller on your neck. Just make sure you’re doing it gently, especially when you go over the part where your trachea is.
However you use it, make sure you’re also keeping your jade roller very, very clean. Between the serum you put on it and the natural oils on your face, it can get pretty dirty. Make sure you’re cleaning it between uses with just a little soap and water.
What is Gua Sha?
You’ve probably noticed that many jade roller sets come with a little tool that kind of looks like a misshapen heart. This is a gua sha tool. Like jade rollers, gua sha originated in China but was originally meant to cure illnesses or fatigue brought on by heat.
Today it’s used both on the body and the face. When used on the face it’s said to also aid lymphatic drainage, leaving the skin healthier looking and more sculpted. Like jade rollers, gua sha is also said to help relieve puffiness.
Although it’s used more like a scraper, gua sha also works best when used with a little serum or face oil to allow the tool to glide over the face. All you have to do is follow the same “up and away” motion you used with a jade roller.
Hopefully, this has taken some of the mystery out of those ubiquitous rollers you see almost everywhere these days. With a little practice, this could become an important part of your beauty repertoire!
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