What Do Jade Rollers Do for Your Skin, Anyway?

Jade rollers aren’t a recent skincare innovation. They’ve been a staple in Chinese skincare routines since the 7th century, and are believed to have healing and protective properties. The handheld massagers are usually dual-ended with two jade stone heads that are ran across the face, which can de-puff skin and boost circulation.

How Does a Jade Roller Benefit Your Skin?

Jade rollers are believed to boost blood circulation, reduce swelling, and can help products penetrate deeper into the skin. Basically, they’re supposed to be a quick, easy cure for daily skincare struggles like dark under-eye circles and puffiness. The increase in circulation can also help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. A jade roller can be used at room temperature or chilled in the fridge.

“The pressure and cold of the roller helps to improve circulation and increase lymphatic drainage,” Dr. Sperling (InStyle) explains. “They also can help to temporarily improve puffiness or help to rub in topical creams.”

On top of the skincare benefits, jade stones are said to be calming, so using one can potentially improve your mood. (Yes, really!) “You are also getting the benefits of jade as well,” says Vargas (InStyle). “It is a traditional stone that soothes the mind and releases negative thoughts.”

How Do Jade Rollers Work?

After cleaning your skin and applying whatever skincare products you typically use, Vargas (InStyle) says, “You want to roll your face in an outward motion.” Light pressure can work to drain lymphatic fluids, while light to medium pressure can help products penetrate deeper and boost blood flow. “The movements help increase blood circulation and collagen production to maintain a youthful glow serving as a sort of mini facial on the daily,” she explains.

For a firming effect, Park (InStyle) recommends starting with the cheekbones, and moving outwards. “Then, go against the jaw line to create more contour and definition,” she says. “Afterwards, move the roller down the back of your ears toward the clavicle, allowing the excess fluids to drain down to the lymphatic system.”

What Skincare Products Work With Jade Rollers?

A serum or face oil and a jade roller are a winning combo. These products will help the facial massager glide against your face, plus the tool can help their active ingredients get deeper into your skin.

As for what ingredients to use, there’s options. “I like to use firming peptides and work around areas with fine lines and wrinkles,” says Vargas (InStyle). “Plant-based stem cells are also beneficial when using a roller. Also, a hydrating serum is key since we all need hydration. You can also use brightening oils as well.”

When Should You Use a Jade Roller?

The beauty of this ritual is that it’s a great addition to any morning or nighttime skincare routine. In the a.m., a chilled jade roller can made sleepy, puffy eyes look refreshed, while in the p.m., the facial massaging tool is great for calming inflammation in the skin.

Do Jade Rollers Have Any Side Effects?

Jade rollers are safe to use every day, and for every skin type. But Dr. Sperling (InStyle) does note that they can spread bacteria and infection if they aren’t properly cleaned. Jade rollers also won’t help with inflammatory skin conditions like eczema or rosacea.

Is There a Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Jade Rollers?

It all depends on personal preference, but a cheap option won’t be made with a quality stone. “I would personally invest in a high quality jade roller, because you’re paying the price for a good quality stone,” says Park (InStyle). “Also, you’re investing in a beautiful piece that will allow you to use it daily as a ritual!”

OK, now that you know the deal with jade rollers, what do the before and afters of using one look like? Check out #jaderollers on Instagram to find out.

The Best Jade Rollers at Every Price Point

Have you used jade rollers before? Are you inspired to do so now? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

The Worst Skincare Trends That Need To Go Away

  • CBD in skincare – the beauty industry has become obsessed with marijuana/cannabis/CBD promotions over the last year or two. The claims of skincare products, in particular, with this ingredient, include calming inflammation and irritation, helping with sebum production and oil regulation, as well as anti-aging benefits.

    A lot of CBD oils are made at home and sold at a higher price range through websites like Etsy, which brings into question the authenticity of it.

    The formulation process of making a product with CBD isn’t very straightforward and easy – the extraction & stabilization of it. In order to acquire and incorporate this ingridient, a licence must be obtained. There’s a lot more research needed in order to fully understand the benefits and drawbacks of topical CBD.
  • Celebrity skincare lines – we don’t need any more skincare brands for no reason (because let’s be honest, most, if not all, celebrities don’t spend hours in labs caring to gather the most beneficial ingredients)! They add nothing to the skincare realm, sometimes the celebrity themselves don’t even use their products.

    Of course, with the celebrity name comes a ridiculous price tag. Some of these lines are successful due to their marketing strategies of promising that we too can achieve that standard of beauty that we are so used to holding celebrities to.

    Some examples are Madonna’s MDNA Skin, Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP, Jessica Alba’s Honest Beauty, to name a few.
  • Full face waxing – seems to be mostly a male trend that picked up popularity because “it’s something fun to watch”. The entire face is covered in wax in order to remove unwanted facial hair and peach fuzz, be used as an exfoliating treatment and blackheads remover.

    The best way to wax your face is in sections – apply wax evenly in the direction of hair growth, then once it’s dry, peel it off quickly in the opposite direction. Working in small sections prevents irritation and ingrown hairs!

    Full face waxers do not hold the skin when ripping off the wax layer, which leads to extreme irritation and even ripping of the skin, causing irreversible damage. The skin on your face is extremely delicate so please don’t do this!
  • Skincare tools – extraction tools, derma rollers, sonic peels, etc. might help with certain concerns when used by professionals on you (they know the level of pressure to apply and how to properly work with these tools).

    Social media can really mislead people into using these tools improperly and do more harm than good in the end. Again, click-bait works its wonders here at the expense of proper use of tools that can irreversibly damage the skin. Bleeding, peeling skin, irritation, breakouts, and acne are some of many negative effects.

    Not all tools are even necessary to achieve a result you’re seeking – another product can do so more safely.