Get Your Roll On!
By Denise Vasi
Jade rollers are everywhere these days! It feels like they’ve become the beauty industry’s trendiest tool overnight, promising tighter, brighter and healthier skin. The irony is that there’s nothing actually new about them. Jade rolling has been around forever… forever, ever!
Ancient Chinese medicine practitioners believed that jade, an expensive precious stone, could “draw out negative chi” and so the practice of jade rolling became highly favored among Chinese royalty. According to Vogue, “[it] has been an integral part of Chinese beauty regimes since at least the 7th century.” Forever, ever ago!
Jade rolling is 100 percent a part of my daily skincare routine and has been for several years. I personally swear by it. My grandmother first introduced this non-invasive beauty hack to me early on in my teens (My grandmother has always been a huge source of beauty inspo and clearly has always known what was up).
Ok! So let’s get to what you really want to know…
What are the benefits of using a jade roller?
- Decreased puffiness
- Improved lymphatic drainage from the face AKA excess fluid and nasty toxins removed
- Increased circulation
- Stimulated collagen production
- Pore minimization
- Reduced facial lines
- Boosted penetration of creams & serums
Does a jade roller really work?
For me, it does! It’s the first thing I grab (from the freezer) after waking up, even before I brush my teeth! I use it cold, every single morning to literally “wake” my face up. I love that jade rolling immediately decreases the puffiness in my face, especially under my eyes. The back-and-forth motion and gentle pressure also increases circulation, bringing color to my face. At night, I use my roller to aid in product penetration. I heat the stone by running it under warm water, dry it off and use it to thoroughly roll in my serum or cream.
I’ve converted skeptical girlfriends, and some of you have even caught a glimpse of my hubby rolling away on Instagram. He currently owns his own “all-black everything” face roller.
There are two major points to consider if you really want to reap the benefits.
1. You need to use a jade roller consistently.
Give it a good go for several weeks. Just like anything else in life, all results won’t happen overnight.
2. You have to use your roller correctly.
To see the results that actually can come instantly– like decreased puffiness and flushed bright skin, you need to roll methodically.
How do you use a jade roller?
Always start with clean skin, if you’re going to exfoliate do so beforehand. Then apply your serum or cream. You want to avoid pulling on your skin so roll gently with light to moderate pressure. Roll from the bottom of the ear onto the neck toward the center of the jawbone to promote lymphatic drainage. Continue by starting at the center of your face (forehead, inner eye, side of nose or center of chin) and work the roller out toward the hairline, ears and alongside the jaw.
If at the end of the day these beauty benefits don’t convince you, consider a face roller simply for the reason that the action of rolling is incredibly soothing. Rolling over your forehead, temples and jawline can help relieve tension, ease sinuses and help combat headaches. Below you’ll find some of Team MAED’s favorite rollers…
Now get your roll on!