What is a Jade Roller and How Can I Use One?Luke Coutinho
With ever evolving skincare routines, many new skin care gadgets are being launched every now and then. Few products make it to the top and become a trend. One such current trend is the Jade Roller, and is in almost all beauty bloggers’ vanity cases.
For those of you who have just come across the advertisement while surfing the internet, or have heard about this magic skin care tool from your friend, here are a few details on the roller.
What is a Jade roller?
It is a self massager and facial roller made with a jade stone. It has been used as a skin care tool in China, dating back to the 7th century. Jade stone is known for having healing and balancing properties. It is used as a massage roller to reduce inflammation, provide a cooling effect, and stimulate lymphatic drainage.
The lymphatic system is our body’s sewage system, which helps to eliminate toxins out of the body. When you follow the instructed movements with the Jade roller, you are stimulating lymph drainage leading to a clear skin and reduced puffiness.
How to use a Jade roller?
Although Jade stone is cool to touch, people tend to store it in the refrigerator as the cold touch of the stone on the skin feels like heaven, especially when you have sunburn or irritation on the skin. Cold restricts the blood circulation, but the purpose of using the roller is to increase blood circulation.
In ancient Chinese beauty rituals, Jade rollers were used to apply a little pressure on the skin and tissues beneath it. There are specific strokes that you need to make rather than just rolling it up and down.
Neck: You need to keep the roller at the back of the neck and move it downwards. Then keep it on the front of the neck and move it downwards towards the collarbone.
Cheek: The roller needs to be kept in the middle of the face (near the nose) and then moved towards the side (outward movements towards the ear).
Forehead: Gentle strokes to be made while moving the roller in a downward direction towards the eyebrows. Next, keep the roller between the eyebrow and move horizontally towards the temple. Repeat on the other eyebrow as well.
Eyes: The roller needs to be moved from the outside corner of the eye towards the inner corner of the eye.
How to clean a Jade roller?
It is very important to clean the roller and then keep it back in your vanity box. You will not want to transfer germs onto a clear skin, especially if you have an acne-prone skin, or a sensitive skin.
You can wipe the roller with a wet cloth, or wash it with mild soap and rinse with plain water. It is important to let it dry completely, before storing it to avoid metal tarnishing.
You need to use a small brush to clean out the corners because that is where the dirt accumulates.
What are the uses of Jade roller?
- It helps to reduce puffiness on the face and around the eyes.
- It helps the facial oils or serum to penetrate more deeply into the skin.
- It helps to stimulate lymphatic drainage and increase blood flow.
- It has a cooling and calming effect on the skin, thus helping with relaxation.
- It helps tone your face muscles, and hence gives definition to the face.
Regular use of Jade roller in your morning and/or bedtime routine helps to improve complexion, and fine lines. It also helps to increase the skin glow.
Who should avoid using a Jade roller?
- If you have a lot of acne on your face, you need to be careful when using it, as too much pressure can break the boil leading to the spread of bacteria on the face.
- If you have rashes on your face
- If you have cold sores
- If you have eczema or psoriasis
So, do Jade rollers actually work? There are no clinical studies done yet to prove the effectiveness of Jade rollers. But, the facial massage movements done by this roller help in stimulating lymphatic drainage, which helps in reducing the puffiness on the face. Also, since this tool helps in better penetration of face oil or serums, you will definitely see changes in your skin. When using the proper technique to massage the face with the roller, the blood circulation improves. This helps in detoxification and provides a brighter glow to the face. Increased oxygen circulation helps in the release of toxins, and thus reducing inflammation.
The cooling effects of Jade stone help us to relax and calm down.
Although facial muscles will sag with age, the jade roller does not particularly help in uplifting the skin. This roller is not an anti-ageing magic wand. There is no single tool to take away all your skin issues.
Stress plays a major role in determining the quality of your health and skin too. Too much of it will show up on your face in the form of wrinkles, fine lines and so on. Stress also causes hormonal imbalances, which can lead to acne and hyperpigmentation. So, it is important to be regular with deep breathing, visualizations, and positive affirmations to manage stress, if not completely avoidable.
It is important to remember that it is always a holistic approach that helps us to stay healthy and in shape.
Purchase link suggestions
You can buy the facial roller here:
- Clear Quartz Crystal: It helps improve circulatory and immune system, thus enhancing energy flow and improving balance.
- Rose Quartz Face Roller: It is the crystal of the heart chakra, thus promoting self –love and deep inner healing.
- Jade Face Roller: Jade magnifies energies of love, wealth, and health. It is also connected to the heart chakra, which promotes self love and healing!
Disclaimer: None of the suggestions in the blog are meant to replace medical advice or medicine.
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