As an esthetician, one of the most frequently asked questions from clients is what they can do to maintain healthy, youthful skin at home. Maybe you’ve even asked yourself this question. Incorporating a jade roller into your daily skincare regimen is at the top of my recommendation list, along with wise food choices, exercise, adequate sleep and quality skincare products.
Jade rollers have recently taken the skincare world by storm, but it’s important to note they are not new beauty tools. Jade rollers have long been used in ancient eastern Chinese medicine, and the mineral gemstone jade has been revered in China as a symbol of health and purity for over 9,000 years. Jade was deemed the “royal stone” for the Imperial family in 3,000 BC. Needless to say, jade has been around a long time and it’s never too late to jump on this beneficial train!
Benefits of a Jade Roller
Let’s discuss the benefits of jade rolling by tackling the purpose of the lymphatic system. A main function of the lymphatic system is removal of fluid from tissues. The lymph system is comprised of organs and tissues that help dispose of toxins and waste in the body. How can we assist in this crucial drainage in our body? The usual healthy life choices of drinking plenty of water, exercise, and diet, but we can also add massage to this list. Here is where the jade roller is introduced into our skincare routine.
Jade rollers are used to gently massage the face, stimulating the lymphatic drainage system, resulting in reduced inflammation, puffiness, better absorption of facial serums and products, and reduction of fine lines. Mornings are the ideal time to add this into your beauty routine, but twice daily is ideal. Often we awake with swollen under eyes and stiff jaws, making a light jade massage the perfect choice to start the day.
When and How to Use a Jade Roller
It’s time to put your jade roller to work; before makeup, but after we have cleansed the face and applied a serum or moisturizer. Jade rollers typically have two ends, a smaller side and a larger one. We’ve divided the face into 5 sections.
Starting with the larger side, begin at the center of the chin and gently glide the roller along the jawline. Once you complete the stroke near your ear or hairline, lift the roller and move back to the chin to begin the same pass over again. Make 3-4 passes in the same direction before moving to the other side of the face.
The next section will be the cheek area and the larger end of the roller is still used. Starting at the corner of the nose, lightly massage the roller out and up toward the temple across the cheeks. Pressure should be comfortable and relaxing, again make 3-4 strokes before switching to the other side.
For the third section you will switch to the smaller end of the roller. The eye area generally has the most puffiness and needs the gentlest of touches. Starting at the inner corner of the eye, gently glide the roller under the eye, stopping only when you meet the temple. Again, 3-4 gentle passes for this section.
Keeping the smaller end of the jade roller in use, the eyelid will be the next targeted area. Typically the eyelids are a forgotten area of the face, but they can hold waste and toxins, often seen in shrunken eyes and swollen lids. This area is a needed section of focus. Starting at the inner corner of the eye, roll outward over the eyelid toward the temple, and repeat 3-4 times.
The last section is the forehead, and the larger end of the jade roller will be back in use. Up and out is a great visual when it comes to the direction of a jade roller massage. Starting at the middle of the two eyebrows, roll upward into the hairline. Typically, I prefer a little firmer massage in this area, but keep the pressure comfortable. As you fan out from the center, start the stroke in the eyebrow and fan outward into the hairline. To cover the entire forehead you will need 3-4 strokes of each individual pass, so take your time in this section.
Once the massage is complete, you can follow with your sunscreen and makeup for the day. The jade roller can be used again at nighttime after applying your evening skincare routine.
Jade rollers are typically an inexpensive addition to any daily regimen. However, they will last for years, and the benefits can be noticed fairly immediate. Continued use for several weeks should show lasting effects.