Jade rollers have exploded in popularity lately—and for good reason. They’re incredible for your skin and feel amazing. Like really, really, just-came-from-the-space amazing!
If you’re late to the game or a little confused about what exactly jade rollers do, this article is for you.
A jade roller is a massaging tool for your face and neck that supports wellness and skin health, fights early ageing, reduces inflammation, puffy eyes and bags, and aids in the application and absorption of skincare products. While Jade rollers are usually made of—you guessed it—jade, they’re also commonly made from other stones, such as quartz, obsidian, lapis and more.
Although there are varying designs, typically jade rollers consist of two independently rotating stones.. The smaller stone is better for sensitive or hard-to-reach areas like under your eyes, around your eyebrows, and jawline, whereas the larger stone is generally used for your forehead, cheeks, chin, and neck.
In addition to fighting and preventing aging, getting more out of your skincare products, reducing inflammation, and promoting wellness, jade rollers are fantastic for de-stressing, releasing face and neck tension, and treating yourself after a hard day, week, or year (2020 we’re looking at you). In many ways, you’re getting the spa facial experience without the spa cost.
Additionally, jade rollers are said to improve face and neck circulation and promote lymphatic drainage. Because your lymphatic system helps eliminate wastes and toxins, it’s vital to your overall health. When your body becomes stressed or damaged in some way, fluids can build up in your lymphatic system, affecting your metabolism, immune system, and other essential functions. Consistent targeted tissue massage (aka lymphatic massage) can encourage your body to drain this trapped fluid, freeing up your body to function properly again.
It might sound a bit technical but ultimately lymphatic massage makes you feel better, helps prevent puffy face, and lends your skin a youthful glow.
Note: Lymphatic massage is not recommended for those with a history of heart damage or failure, blood clots or stroke, chronic infections, or liver and kidney problems.
Before jade rolling, you want to ensure your skin is adequately hydrated. Not only will this make the experience easier and more enjoyable, it will help prevent tugging and pulling which can cause skin damage and unnecessary redness. To hydrate, place a few drops of our Anti-Aging Facial Serum on your fingertips and gently fat the serum onto your face—this will help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, too. Follow up with a nutrient-rich face-specific moisturizer.
Gentle rolling and light pressure are key. There’s no need to rush or press too hard. In fact, doing so could cause unwanted redness, broken capillaries, or other unsightly blemishes. Pro tip: For extra indulgence, you can apply a mask before rolling to increase your chosen mask’s skin benefits. Putting your jade roller in the freezer for 5-10 mins to cool down the stone before use can do wonders for those days when you wake up with a puffy face or eyes.
For best results, you’ll want to start with your neck. Using the larger jade stone, roll in upward motions from your collarbone up to your jawline. Repeat 5–10 times on both sides of your neck, avoiding the vertical line of your throat.
Next, let’s move on to your chin and the sides of your mouth. Still using the larger stone, move from the center of your chin towards the side of your face up and out towards the bottom of your ears. The middle of each stroke should glide just just under your cheekbone. Repeat 5–10 times on both sides of your face. If your jaw feels especially tight, flip your jade roller over to the smaller stone and roll directly along your jawline, from the center of your chin back towards your temples. Repeat 5–10 times on both sides.
Now it’s time for your eyes. For this delicate area, we’ll be switching to the smaller jade stone. Carefully roll horizontally underneath each eye, right where puffiness and dark bags tend to form. Start inward near the bridge of your nose and roll out towards your temples. Repeat this 5-10 times. For above your eyes, roll in the same direction just above your eyebrows out towards your temples. Repeat 5–10 times on each side.
Lastly, we’ll target your forehead. Using the larger jade stone again, roll upwards from your eyebrow to your hairline 5–10 times. Then, move horizontally from the center of your forehead out to your temple 5–10 times on both the left and right sides of your face.
Written down the process seems like a lot, but really it should take you no more than 5 mins each day (or 10 if you do it both morning and night, which we encourage). And trust us—they’ll be some of the best, most precious minutes you spend on your skin and self all day.
Always, always, always deep clean your jade roller after each use. Warm, soapy water is all you need, just don’t forget to thoroughly dry it, too. Remember: this tool is touching your face every day, and failing to keep it clean could cause a whole laundry of nasty skin problems and blemishes.
Personally, we like storing our jade rollers in the fridge to keep the stones nice and cool to increase its soothing, anti-inflammatory benefits. Give it a try—you’ll love it!