(Jade Roller image via thehoneycombers.com)
When it comes to skincare rituals, it’s not just what you put on your skin that counts, but how you apply it. In a world of new and cutting-edge electric beauty gadgets and trends, an age-old Chinese skin-care tool seems to be making all the buzz.
Meet the jade face roller, a time-honored face massager that can be traced as far back as seventh-century China, where the lime green stone constituted an integral part of the Chinese beauty regimes. Also known for its healing and protective properties, jade is closely associated with balancing the chi (or qi), your body’s energetic life force. According to Chinese medicine, any number of physical and mental symptoms from anxiety to fatigue to actual pain can indicate a negative chi, which the stone is believed to have the power to ward off.
But even if that kind of spirituality isn't normally what you’re looking to implement in your skincare routine, you can still experience the more physical, youth boosting benefits of daily jade rolling as a form of a facial massage. Our facial muscles store a lot of tension, which can cause wrinkles and fine lines, especially around our forehead and eyes. Using the jade roller helps to iron out these kinks; in this way, the practice acts as both an immediate skin boost and a means of preventing the appearance of wrinkles.
Like most of the beauty rituals that stand the test of time, the enduring appeal of the ancient roller lies in its utter simplicity. In fact, the mechanism is downright basic, much like a paint roller: It features an oval stone of pure jade, usually an inch to an inch and a half long, that's attached to a handle with a metal frame.
But don't underestimate the tool’s minimalist appearance. Once you master the art of rolling, it can become a real game changer. By moving the smooth stone across your facial muscles, you increase blood circulation, assist lymphatic drainage (which aids drain the body of toxins), reduce puffiness and diminish the appearance of fine lines. Moreover, the rolling motion helps the products you apply to penetrate more deeply into your skin, thus increasing their effectiveness.
How to Use:
The process is gloriously straightforward. After applying your favorite serum or moisturizer, roll the jade roller in an upward motion, working from your neck toward the forehead. Et Voilà, that’s all, folks.
Jade rollers can be used as often as daily or weekly, but we recommend using it in the morning to wake up your complexion, which is particularly refreshing in these hot summer months.
Insider Tip: Put the roller in the fridge 15 minutes before you use it for an added cooling effect.
– Written by Sofia Sosunov