Whether you already have one or are interested in incorporating a stone facial roller into your beauty routine, you’ve come to the right place. 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 use in facial massage, jade rollers are also said to aid in lymphatic drainage, a process that helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles.
Good to Know: The best way to use a jade roller is to apply a bit of face oil or serum to help it glide more smoothly across the skin.
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 and is 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. However, 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 may have also found rose quartz or clear quartz rollers as well. While some people feel there is a difference in terms of the positive energy attributed by either of these stones, most agree that in terms of topical skincare, jade rollers and rose quartz rollers offer the same benefits.
What Are the Benefits of a Jade Roller?
Jade rollers do a lot more than just look cute on your vanity. Here are just a few benefits of a jade roller:
- It massages the skin, which helps to increase circulation in your skin so it appears brighter and more vibrant.
- It stimulates the lymphatic drainage. When used with proper lymphatic drainage techniques, they can help flush away toxins and fluids from your face.
- It helps reduce puffiness by flushing toxins out.
- It helps reduce the appearance of dark circles by helping your eye cream to better absorb into the skin under your eyes.
- It provides relief from headaches when used to gently massage pressure points.
How to Use a Jade Roller
Using a jade roller correctly is really simple. Always be sure to roll upwards and out towards the sides of your face rather than towards the middle or down. The goal is to lift your skin and help move toxins out.
1. First, apply a serum, like our Nectar of the C vitamin C serum, or face oil on your skin. This will help make the roller glide over the skin more smoothly and will help move the serum or oil into your skin.
2. Start with the roller at the center point between your brows. Roll up towards your hairline to the right, then start again in the center and roll up to the left.
3. Next, massage your cheeks. Start in the center from the side of your mouth, and roll to the right and upward toward your ears. Work your way up, until you’ve massage the right side of your face up to your eyes. Do the same on the left side of your face.
4. Use the smaller roller (if you have it on your jade roller) for the eye area. Be very gentle around your eyes and go very slowly from the center outward.
5. Now, place the roller on your chin and roll up your jawline towards your cheekbones. Roll upwards on both sides of your face, until you’ve lifted each side.
6. If you have an understanding of where your facial pressure points are located, move your roller upwards towards these points and apply and hold gentle pressure for a pressure point massage.
However you use it, make sure you’re also keeping your jade roller clean with soap and water between uses.
What is Gua Sha?
You’ve probably noticed that some jade roller sets come with an additional 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 is 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 serum or face oil to allow the tool to glide over the face. Follow the same “up and away” motion you used with a jade roller.
With a little practice, using these beauty tools can become an important part of your beauty repertoire!
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