Perhaps you've seen them meticulously styled in photos while scrolling through Instagram, or prominently displayed on your ~fancy~ friend's bathroom counter. No matter how you came upon jade rollers, chances are that considering you clicked into this post, you probably never really got what they were for.
Or, you're just wondering whether or not they're worth the cost.
I wasn't really sure whether or not to buy into the hype either, so I decided to test them out to see how well they worked. So, you want answers? I've got them for you.
Q: What are jade rollers, and what are they supposed to do?
A: Jade rollers are simple beauty tools that have been popular for centuries among China's high society. Used by empresses and wealthy women as part of their careful skincare routines, the stone was (and still is) thought to hold protective, spiritual, and healing qualities. More concretely, the physical practice of facial rolling is also said to have major skin benefits.
have recently increased in popularity in the United States, particularly in conjunction with the beauty industry's deepening obsession with skincare tools. In simple terms, they're said to cool, tone, and de-puff the skin, improve elasticity and circulation, and increase absorption of serums and moisturizers.
In more complicated and specific terms, jade rollers assist in lymphatic drainage by essentially pushing fluid out of the tissue beneath your skin and into the lymph nodes. This not only reduces swelling and puffiness, but it also helps to circulate blood, which brightens the skin.
Q: Do they actually work?
A: I've been testing out the effects of jade rollers for a few weeks now, and honestly, I really love using mine. I don't deal with severe puffiness, but I do have rosacea and super dry skin, which means I do deal with serious dullness and a whole lot of splotchiness (no matter how many face masks I use). I have noticed that since I started using the jade roller, my skin looks brighter and more vibrant every morning, and my products are absorbing better than usual.
It also just feels really amazing to use, kind of like getting a mini face massage. It's not a cure-all product, but it has definitely improved the condition of my skin, and I really do think it makes a difference.
Q: How do you use them?
A: It's literally as simple as rolling it over your skin, and it only takes about two minutes of your time. However, you'll need to consider the proper technique (and anatomy) to get the best results.
There's essentially a chain of lymph nodes along your jawline and up by your temples that you want to make sure to roll toward so all the fluid drains properly. You never just want to roll the stone back and forth, because all that does is redistribute fluid throughout your tissue. You should use long strokes, repeating each one about three to four times in the pattern shown on the chart below.
It's best to use the larger end of your roller for your cheeks, neck, and forehead, and switch to the small end for your nose and under-eye area. But before you start rolling, you'll want to make sure your skin is clean and freshly slathered with your favorite serum or moisturizer. When you're done, always wash the roller and dry it for sanitation purposes.