Why the jade roller hype?
Jade rollers are one of the most Instagrammable beauty tools of the moment, but is the trend worthy of the word count?
WHAT IS A JADE ROLLER?
You’ll definitely have seen one, if you’re a Gram-peruser, you just may not have known as they look kind of weird; with a handle and a rolling jade bead on the end.
WHAT’S THE HISTORY OF A JADE ROLLER?
The trend for using jade in skincare originates from Ancient Chinese practices, where the stone was believed to have healing and protective superpowers.
As well as being known as ‘the stone of youth’ for its anti-ageing benefits, jade is also associated with abundance and prosperity and was often used to make ritual objects because it was so highly-prized.
What better way to utilise its healing effects than as a roller for some skin-to-stone action?
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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A JADE ROLLER?
Using a jade roller can have a rejuvenating effect; especially for those days when you wake up feeling more like a zombie, than bright-eyed and rejuvenated.
The surface temperature stays cooler for longer than other materials which makes it a soothing pick-me-up for your skin. As well as feeling refreshing, the rolling action can support lymphatic drainage (which is ideal for puffy eyes and hangovers), help tone the muscles in the face, neck and décolleté, and even brighten, de-puff and glow-up your complexion.
Another side-effect to using a jade roller is that it can be soothing on the nervous system, so you may notice your thoughts get quieter as you’re rolling away.
HOW DO YOU USE A JADE ROLLER?
You can incorporate into any skincare ritual but, to maximise its effectiveness with products, use on clean skin, apply moisturiser or a serum and use the roller to enhance the absorption.
The mechanism of the roller is pretty simple, and a lot less invasive and intimidating than some of the cutting edge beauty treatments that are out there. All you need to do is roll it along your skin; use the large roller on the cheeks, forehead and chin, and the small roller on the more delicate areas of the face, like around the eyes.
The key to getting the best results is rolling in one direction, sweeping away from the centre of the face in a continuous motion to support lymphatic drainage.
Keep your jade roller in the fridge or place it in a bowl of cold water for a few minutes before use for an extra refreshing effect.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A JADE ROLLER?
There are a few different versions of the jade roller, varying in size and design. Some are dual-ended, with a small and large roller, and others are textured for a deeper massage effect. Although they’re traditionally made from jade, rollers can also be found in Rose Quartz (Herbivore Botanicals and Cult Beauty), Amethyst and Black Obsidian (Skin Gym).