What if I told you that you could fix your “chi” with the help of a jade roller? Yup, it seems like this green-hued gemstone is more than just a pretty little thing. After seeing these EVERYWHERE on my Instagram feed the past few months, I was definitely intrigued enough to research a little more about jade rollers. Here’s what I came up with.
What Are Jade Rollers?
A staple in ancient Chinese medicine, it was used by Chinese empresses before it became the next big beauty tool on Instagram. “Jade stones can be used as scrapers, rollers and massage stones,” says Dr. Apratim Goel, Cutis Skin Studio, Mumbai.
Just like a face roller, jade rollers have 2 stones of different sizes that roll on their axis; the bigger one can be used on your forehead and cheekbones while the smaller stone is handy for the under-eye area.
How To Use A Jade Roller
There’s just so much misinformation out there so it’s really important you take out time to perfect it. Remember it’s supposed to relax you and take all that lymphatic drainage out. I used a video on YouTube to get the technique right but the key takeaway is:
1. Always massage outwards and upwards.
2. Do each section about 3 times.
3. And don’t roll backwards ever!
Benefits Of Using A Jade Roller
1. They’re great for lymphatic drainage.
Poor blood circulation, rapid sugar indulgences and general swelling tend to show up around your eyes and cheeks first. A facial massage can ensure that the lymphatic fluid flows back into the cardiovascular system as it naturally should. Roll it from your neck, towards your forehead in short strokes. In addition, the cooling effect is immensely relaxing.
2. It’s useful to massage in good quality skincare.
I’m 34 and I’ve spent a fair share of money on serums, eye creams and facial oils. The application is always tricky. After watching YouTuber Tati use her Clarisonic Facial Brush to blend in her foundation, I was tempted to use a brush/roller as well. So, if you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your super-expensive serum or jojoba facial oil, a jade roller just might be the perfect applicator you’re looking for. Nowadays, I use my Estee Lauder Double Night Serum and then apply it. If you use facial oil, you’re gonna love this step!
3. It can reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Dark circles, eye bags, puffiness; these are sometimes because of genes, but mostly our lifestyle and diet. “A 5-minute massage with a jade roller is soothing because it closes superficial blood vessels,” says Goel.
4. It feels really good.
Think about it? Why do you even enjoy a facial? Mostly, it’s how a therapist massages your face, relaxing your muscles at certain points. Using a jade roller has shown to reduce redness and inflammation and it feels great!
How To Clean A Jade Roller
Just like your makeup brushes or beauty blender, you need to clean your jade roller too. Keep in a cool, clean environment. I keep it on my dresser next to my eye cream but now that it’s summer, I may just shift it along with my eye cream and sheet masks to the fridge. I will clean it by dipping it in mild soap water, wash it off and then letting it air-dry. Remember, it can have dust, bacteria and residual product so clean your jade roller depending on how often you use it.
Where Can You Get One?
Now that we’ve established that jade rollers can be beneficial (and look great in flat lays), here’s a few we’ve heard good things about.
Face Rituals Jade Facial Roller, Rs 2,190
The Rolling Concept Jade Facial Roller, Rs 1,599
House Of Beauty Jade Roller, Rs 1,700
Amogha Ularma Jade Roller (Rs 550)
MountLai Jade Roller (Rs 2,203)
Herbivore Rose Quartz Facial Roller (Rs 2,916)
Shiffa Jade Roller (Rs 4,329)
So, are you planning on getting one?
After writing this article, I did invest in a jade roller, I invested in a mini roller that wasn’t too expensive. I used a video on YouTube to get the technique right (click on the link to see that video) and used whatever I’ve learnt over these past few years writing on skincare: it feels great and relaxing, it really does help massage products in. However, one of the experts I spoke to did warn me about the dangers of buying it online because you wouldn’t know or assess the quality of the gem. This is about the energy, so please invest in brands you trust in if you ever add a jade roller or a gua sha tool to your skincare routine.
A version of this article was first published on POPxo.