Skincare is really having its moment now, and one of its rising stars — apart from the phenomenal 7- or 10-step K-beauty routine skincare enthusiasts swear by — is the jade roller.
While it does seem like a gimmicky trend, people have been using face rollers and other sculpting techniques for centuries now. In fact, jade rollers first originated in ancient China, known for its healing and purifying powers.
Today’s crystal roller pretty much claims the same benefits. In the book Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, jade is said to be a symbol of purity and serenity, which helps release negative thoughts and assists the body in flushing out toxins.
Again, the above description leaves room for skepticism, but as it turns out, jade rollers aren’t a complete fluke. Dermatologists agree that massaging the face with a roller could help with blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, as well as minor inflammation. In short, say goodbye to puffy eyes and bloated morning cheeks!
In case you’ve convinced yourself that you need a jade roller in your skincare arsenal, we’ve got tips on how to make it really work for you.
1. Apply a serum, moisturizer, or facial oil before using the jade roller.
Try rolling on a dry surface and you’ll wish you hadn’t. Products that moisten skin like a serum, moisturizer, or a facial oil will help the facial roller glide better on your face. Feel free to use a serum that’s already part of your skincare rotation — otherwise, pick up a product that effectively targets your skin concerns, such as hydration or one with brightening properties.
2. Massage your face in an outward motion, towards your forehead and temples.
To perform a facial massage that targets lymphatic drainage, remember to roll upwards in wide, and sweeping motions. Starting in between your eyebrows, rolling upwards until you reach your hairline. Continue massaging until you reach your temple, and then repeat on the other side.
Use the smaller roller on the other end for the undereye area and cheeks. Starting on the undereye area beside the nose, roll outward in a sweeping motion until you pass the cheekbones and the hairline. Repeat on the other side.
In order to achieve a more sculpted jawline, using the smaller roller, start from the chin then sweep towards the jawline. Repeat this motion a few more times, and then move to the other side.
3. Jade rollers don’t work on all skin types.
Before you decide to invest in a jade roller, figure out first whether this is the right tool for your skin type. Jade rollers aren’t recommended for people suffering from rosacea, eczema, acne, or those with sensitive skin.
4. Store your roller in the refrigerator for better results.
Crystal surfaces are naturally cool and should be able to work well enough on its own to reduce puffiness. Yet in the same fashion that storing your sheet masks or a spoon in the fridge before using calms and soothes skin, a roller that has been chilled overnight could result in more evidently de-puffed eyes and cheeks. If you’re in a pinch, place it in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes before taking it out.
5. Remember to wash and clean your roller after use.
Jade is a non-porous material, which means it’s not likely to harbor bacteria, making it generally safe for use. But like all objects, it is possible to collect dirt and bacteria on the surface when uncleaned. Imagine rolling and pressing that onto your skin — yikes. Remember to clean your roller after every use with warm water and soap. Dry with a towel and store in a clean area.