Everything old is new again, it seems. One of the more popular skincare trends over the past few months is nothing but rolling a smooth jade stone over the skin, in an attempt to fight off fine lines and wrinkles and drain the lymphatic system.
Jade rollers have been in use for thousands of years, but have recently come into the limelight thanks to bloggers and Instagram users. But what does jade rolling do, how do you use a jade roller, and is it even worth trying?
What is a Jade Roller?
A jade roller is a small skincare and beauty tool that looks like a tiny paint roller or like a small rolling pin. The tool has a handle with a smooth jade stone threaded through a metal pin on one end. The stone is able to spin around as it is rolled over the skin. Some rollers have a second stone at the opposite end of the handle. Usually, the second stone is smaller and is meant to be used around the mouth and under the eyes.
Although jade rollers might be the most well-known skincare rollers, jade isn’t the only material available. Some rollers are made from rose quartz, opal or a variety of other crystals or stones.
Why Use a Roller?
Jade rollers have a few supposed benefits. Some people like to use them because they find rolling a cool, smooth stone over their skin soothing and relaxing. Others use them to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines and to help minimize puffiness.
The claim is that the stone has special properties that help to heal the body and improve the skin. There haven’t been any scientific studies to confirm those claims one way or the other, though. Another claim is that jade rollers help to improve the lymphatic system by increasing drainage.
How Do You Use a Jade Roller?
Using a jade roller might seem simple — just roll it across your face — but there’s actually a right and wrong way to do it. You’re supposed to roll upwards, starting at the bottom of your face. Supposedly, rolling upwards helps to “lift” the skin. Start in the middle of your chin, then roll up towards your hairline on one side of your face. Move up to the outer edge of the nose and roll up towards your hairline/ear.
If your roller has a smaller end, use that to roll under your eyes, over to the temple. Then, switch back to the larger end and roll across your eyebrow to the temple.
To roll over your forehead, start in the middle of your face, between the eyebrows, then roll upwards. Repeat across the forehead on both sides. Finally, roll horizontally across the forehead, then repeat on the opposite side of your face.
Although you can use the roller on bare skin, many people use it after applying their favorite skincare products to help those products better absorb into the skin.
Are There Risks in Using a Jade Roller?
One potential risk of using a jade roller is neglecting to clean it. Although the stone is non-porous, it can still collect oil, dirt, and bacteria–all things you don’t want to roll over your face. To minimize the risk of contamination, it’s a good idea to wash your roller after each use.
Is It Really Going to Do Anything?
At the end of the day, is rolling your skin with jade or another stone really going to help? The truth is, you’re not going to get the same results from a jade roller that you’d get from dermal fillers or Botox when it comes to wrinkle reduction.
But jade rollers are inexpensive and can feel soothing on the skin. If you’re looking for a little pick-me-up during your skincare routine, it can be worth trying one out.
Want to learn more about what you can do to help your skin look and feel its best? Call 281-810-9083 to schedule a consultation at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston today.