Jade Rollers: Are They Worth It?
Jade rollers have popped up EVERYWHERE. I don’t know how these sorta things become a trend or fad, but here we are. When mine arrived in the mail and my mum saw it for the first time, she just rolled her eyes lol I needed to get one for research purposes right?!? 😛 From what I can tell, the facial rollers most common on the market are either made from Jade or Rose Quartz. Jade rollers were first used in China in the 7th Century and they are still used in traditional Gua Sha treatments, where the skin is gently scraped/pulled to promote oxygenation and regeneration. But what can jade or rose quartz rollers actually deliver? Let’s find out!
I liked the idea of a facial roller for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I know that facial massages are brilliant for lymphatic draining and puffiness. Rollers can apply just enough pressure to help do this more quickly and gently, without tugging and pulling on the skin, which is a risk if you are not well versed in facial massage techniques. Stones like jade also remain quite cold, even when they aren’t stored in the fridge, so not only does this help with reducing puffiness but it just feels relaxing and refreshing. I actually suffer from quite puffy skin on my face and eyes in the mornings when travelling for work. I always wondered why this was, but after doing some research it’s become apparent that it’s actually an immune system response to stress and infection (lymph fluid).
The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. The lymphatic system primarily consists of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the circulatory system’s veins and capillaries. These vessels converge to form one of two large vessels called lymphatic trunks, which are connected to veins at the base of the neck. One of these trunks, the right lymphatic duct, drains the upper right portion of the body, returning lymph to the bloodstream via the right subclavian vein.
Lymphatic fluid generally drains from the face an hour or two after waking, but of course we can help it along thanks to massage. The coolness of stone roller makes the rolling motion super refreshing and relaxing. There’s nothing like applying a cool compress to your eyes when they are tired and puffy. Most stone facial rollers have two rotating stones on each end – one with a larger rotating stone and one with a smaller rotating stone for the eye area. I as looking at a lot of the dual ended stone rollers online, but they all looked a little flimsy if I’m honest. I didn’t think they would last very long, especially if travelling. Eventually, I came across this jade face roller from Lux Aestiva (as pictured above!). Doesn’t it look solid?!? Sure, it only has one rotating stone, but if you use it horizontally over the eyes (working from the centre of your face outwards) it smoothes over both your brow bone/eyelid and your under eye area at the same time. You can also use it in an upward motion, starting from the inner corner of your eye, under the eye, and then upwards once you have reached the outer corner (so focusing on the under eye area, but you don’t want to pull the skin downwards, but upwards instead). So using the roller to depuff and drain the eye area from lymph fluid isn’t a problem!
Buh bye cucumber slices – the best way to depuff and calm skin is the traditional Chinese anti wrinkle and anti aging beauty tool that has been used for thousands of years to promote youthful appearances and smooth skin.Keep your Jade Face Roller in the refrigerator. Use on freshly cleansed skin alone or apply a serum or face oil ~ we recommend Wildflower Oil Face or our Prickly Pear Oil ~ before using. Apply gentle pressure while rolling jade over face to assist in sweeping away toxins and balancing excess fluid. Hand carved from real slabs of Jade.Each roller will vary in size, weight and colour. Some will contain higher levels of white Jade than green Jade. This is still Jade crystal and does not affect the effectiveness of the Jade. Clean Jade before first use. Benefits:+clear fluid+boost circulation+improve elasticity+promote cell turnover for a brighter, healthier look+lymphatic drainage
The vintage Chinese ad above is probably not trying to sell you Jade rollers per se, but I thought it looks cool 😛
Lux Aestiva mention to use their facial oils together with the roller, but of course you can apply any serum or cream (your favourites) and use the roller to work the product into the skin. The roller remains pretty cold whether you keep it in the fridge or not, but keeping it in the fridge especially in Summer is probably a good idea. Sometimes the cool temperature of the stone makes me feel more awake more so than look awake – as if I had just splashed my face and eyes with cold water. This is a massive positive in my books, as I am not a morning person, so I will take anything that works and works quickly! It certainly perks you up quickly 🙂
You may read in various places that stone or crystal rollers boost collagen production and tighten sagging skin. There’s no evidence to support this, but they do work to help lymphatic drainage and boost circulation in the skin. The cold stone also works to lessen redness and blotchiness in my skin. Other claims surrounding rollers include minimising acne, but dermatologists also can’t verify these claims either. Perhaps the rolling motion relaxes the skin and you more generally, which may work against inflammation in the skin (a big part of acne) but again, the evidence here is a little ‘circumstantial’. Do note that if you have a lot of active acne spots, make sure you use a roller very, very gently. You don’t want to rupture any spots and spread your breakout elsewhere. Another popular claim is that stone or crystal rollers will help ‘work product’ into the skin so they are absorbed better. This is also false – a roller can’t change the molecular structure of ingredients and ‘make them’ penetrate into the epidermis. So all a roller will do is help spread product evenly on the skin 🙂
The Lux Aestiva Jade Roller is so solid, it’s pretty darn heavy! I’m pretty sure you could use this thing as a weapon (I’m obsessed with true crime podcasts, so I think a lot about defence mechanisms and inventive weaponry lol). I love that it’s so solid and really good quality. Granted, it is heavy and may not be ideal for travel, but when travelling for work at least, I always get a luggage allowance which I never exceed, so I can still take it with me on work trips. I may not be able to take it with me to Europe in the next couple of months which is a shame.
Beautiful engraving and finishing touches on the Lux Aestiva Jade Roller
The other way I like to use my jade roller is after a mask. If you like sheet masks in particular, you will generally have some serum left on the skin after the removal of the sheet mask. Using a jade roller to work in the rest of the serum works brilliantly. After this little treatment, I apply the rest of my skincare as per usual.
It’s a handy tool to have and does make for a lovely treatment (and makes regular facial treatments or product applications, a little more special). Is it magical? Maybe not, but if your expectations are realistic, you should be very happy with the results. If it allows you to take a little more time out for yourself, then it’s a good thing in my books. My jade roller from Lux Aestiva costs $36 AUD. Other rollers seem to also be around the $30-$40 dollar mark, so it’s not particularly expensive. I do think this one is more solid than some of the others out there and it looks as well as feels, good quality!
Well that’s it Beauties, I hope I’ve explained why a jade or crystal roller may benefit you and my thoughts on this ‘contraption’ 🙂 Let me know if you’ve ever used one or if you have one and how you use it.
Catch ya next time Beauties!
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