Precious stones have long been hailed as having “special” properties. People scatter them around their home for positivity, or they wear them on a chain for good fortune. But, how about rolling them across your face as part of a beauty ritual? Say hello to jade rollers!
What Are Jade Rollers?
Jade rollers are like a mini paint roller for your face. Except that the roller part is a beautiful, smooth, polished piece of jade. Early civilizations prized this precious stone, believing it would heal and soothe.1
The use of jade for skin care is believed to have originated in 7th Century China. Now, centuries later, rollers made of jade are all the rage. What’s with the skin care obsession over jade rollers?
Well, some believe rolling the stone across the face can benefit your complexion by:
- Clearing toxins
- Improving lymphatic drainage
- Increasing skin circulation
- Decreasing puffiness and undereye circles
- Reducing the appearance of wrinkles
- Stimulating collagen production
- Tightening pores2
But, are jade rollers really an anti-aging miracle worker?
Do Facial Rollers Really Work?
Here’s the truth: yes and no. Let’s take a look at what’s proven and unproven when it comes to jade rollers and your face.
Jade rollers do have some wonderful, scientifically proven properties. But they’re probably not the ones you were hoping for. For example:
1. Studies show that using a facial roller may increase blood flow and widen blood vessels, similar to exercise. This may give the skin some nice short and long term effects.3
Your face may look brighter and less puffy after using a facial roller. But this is due to increased blood circulation and can be achieved with any kind of facial massage.
2. Facial massage may boost lymphatic drainage by moving fluid through the lymph nodes. Good lymphatic drainage may help give your skin a healthy glow and decrease puffiness.4
3. Stones are naturally cool. And cool, hard surfaces, like a piece of jade, might help constrict blood vessels. This may help soothe puffy eyes and under-eye circles.
1. Jade rollers are not going to improve chronic skin conditions. In fact, you need to be sure that you carefully clean them after each use. Otherwise, you risk spreading bacteria across the face.
Now, if using a facial roller relaxes you, it might help with stress. This might help with stress-induced skin conditions.
2. Jade rollers are not clinically proven to reduce wrinkles. There’s also no scientific proof they stimulate collagen. So, forget the miracle anti-aging idea.
3. Jade rollers won’t help serums to better penetrate the skin. However, you should always use a roller after applying a serum or moisturizer. This is because rolling on slightly moist skin is far gentler on the skin.
Jade Rollers – Should You Bother?
Ancient beauty rituals often become popular again. This is because they do have some age-old wisdom to offer. In the case of facial rollers, you can gift yourself a regular, mini facial massage.
Facial massage helps give sluggish lymph nodes a good workout, and it helps boost circulation. This may help reduce puffiness around the eyes, cheeks, and neck, giving your face a healthy glow.
Jade rollers are also great for sensitive skin because they don’t involve using any ingredients that could trigger a reaction. Just be sure to always use a facial roller gently. You don’t need to apply much pressure to your face!
Just remember to keep your expectations realistic when it comes to facial rollers. They will not reduce fine lines and wrinkles, nor cure chronic skin conditions.
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