Why You Need A Jade Roller in Your Skin Care Routine
What’s your favorite part of a facial? The steam, cooling serums, or facial massage?
For me, it’s all of the above! But this modern mom who lives way out in the country doesn’t have time for visits to the spa. Besides, the fact that I like to keep things simple. And the creams and potions in the spa are nothing related to simple.
So, when I learn about a natural beauty tool like the jade roller I can use for a facial at home – I’m on board!
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What is a Jade Roller Anyway?
A jade roller is a type of facial roller. Its design is very similar to a paint roller. But, it’s a mini size and usually has two rollers, one on each end. Both are made with jade stones as smooth as a polished marble countertop.
The first roller is a large jade stone intended for large skin areas such as the cheeks or neck. And the second is a small jade stone designed for smaller areas such as under the eyes.
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Prized for its ability to relax muscles and provide balance, jade symbolizes beauty, prosperity, and grace. And in some cultures, jade is known as the stone of eternal youth.
It so happens, jade rollers are not a new modern beauty trend. In Style magazine reports, that they have been in use since the 7th century in China to improve health and circulation. As well as balancing the chakras, detoxifying the body, and who knew encouraging harmony and prosperity.
Who’s up for eternal youth, grace, and prosperity with a jade roller?
What Does the Jade Roller Do?
First off, make sure you are buying the real deal ….
A real jade roller is cool to the touch and substantially heavy in weight. Don’t be scammed by an imitation plastic facial roller. This is the jade roller I use and pictured above from Wood and Oils on Etsy. You can get an authentic one from More Lovely Co on Amazon too.
Chakras aside, the act of rolling a jade stone over your skin will aid in lymphatic drainage and support an increase in blood flow. If you’re not familiar with the lymphatic system, according to Live Science, it is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. And it lies just beneath the surface of our skin.
Stimulating the lymphatic system, under the skin helps to flush out waste, eliminate puffiness, encourage a natural glow and smooth wrinkles.
But wait, there’s more…
5 Ways Jade Rolling Benefits your Skin Care Routine
- The main benefit of jade rolling is to encourage drainage of the lymphatic system’s natural detox process. Often noticing an immediate improvement of reduced swelling and puffiness.
- And the massaging by the facial roller leads to increased blood circulation – making your skin glow while releasing tension in the facial muscles, and improving skin elasticity. Over time you may notice your cheekbones look more defined.
- Jade rolling Immediately cools and calms. Perfect for use after an at home facial steam!
- Additionally, jade rolling helps to erase dark under eye circles and brightens the complexion.
- Last, but not least, the massaging effect of jade rolling also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by tightening pores and stimulating facial muscles.
All in all, the effects of including jade rolling in your natural skin care routine will help to build a healthier complexion!
How to Use a Jade Roller
Before you use a jade roller you’ll want to prep your face, making sure it’s clean and moisturized. All the jade rolling benefits will be quite a loss if you’re massaging makeup or an exfoliant from a face scrub deeper into the skin. Use this skin care checklist below to prepare your skin for jade rolling.
Jade Roller Skin Care Routine Steps:
- Always start with clean skin. Use my popular DIY aloe vera face cleanser for a clean start!
- Then apply facial toner to lift impurities and balance the PH of the skin with a reusable cotton round (learn how to make one here).
- Next, apply a tightening eye cream under your eyes and below the brow bone, this my homemade version that works so well!
- After that apply 3 to 5 drops of your favorite glow serum just before you start jade rolling.
Jade Rolling Techniques:
Take advantage of that amazing lymphatic drainage with these easy jade rolling techniques! The stone easily glides over the skin in any direction. But, to tighten your facial muscles and lift fine lines you’ll want to roll upwards and outwards. Follow these step by step instructions to use your jade roller with success.
Start at your collarbone and gently roll upward toward your jaw using the large jade stone. Stop when you reach it and move the jade roller over to the next section on your neck. (Rather than rolling back downwards.) Repeat until you’ve covered the neck area – collarbone to collarbone.
Jaw and Chin Areas:
Continue with the large jade stone and start at the base of your chin at the jawline. Roll outwards and upwards toward each ear lobe. (Again do not roll back, downwards.) Then move the roller up higher on your chin and roll towards your temples and the hairline at the top of your ears.
Above the Mouth Area:
Flip the jade roller and use the smaller stone for this area. Start above your lip just under the nose and roll outward and upward toward your temples again. This area can often use the most lift anyway… Repeat for each side.
Return to the large stone for the large cheek area. Place the stone at one side of your nose, near the base and roll to the temples again. Can we say chiseled cheeks 3 times fast? Move the roller up a notch on the side of your nose until you’ve rolled out the entire cheek area, except for just under the eyes.
Under Eye Area:
Now for the under eye area, my favorite part! Use the small stone here and roll from the side of your nose just under the eyes ever so delicately (I always wanted to say that) pulling up to the edge of your eyebrow and on up to your hairline. You can roll the area under your eyebrows and your eyebrows if they are puffy or need lifting in the same manner.
Swap for the large stone in the forehead area. Start at the center of your forehead just above the eyebrows and roll outwards. Repeat for each side, then move the roller up to just below the crown of your hairline and roll outwards again.
Add jade rolling to your skin care routine for one week and you’ll have all these techniques memorized. I like to repeat to myself “up and out” as I roll. After jade rolling follow-up with hydrating face cream for areas that are prone to dryness. Like the cheeks, if you are a combination skin type. Don’t know your skin type? Take the quiz!
How often should you use a jade roller?
Jade rolling is best incorporated into your nightly skincare routine so it becomes a habit toward building a healthy complexion. Although you can sneak it into your morning skin regimen too if you have time. Most of us prefer a quick and simple morning refresh for the skin.
You may also find jade rolling helpful during allergy season or when you have a cold and your face feels puffy.
Can you put a jade roller in the fridge?
Jadestone is naturally cool even at room temperature. So, it doesn’t require storing it in the fridge. But, if you want a little extra boost – pop your jade roller in the fridge before you take a long bath soak. Then pull it out when you are ready to apply in your skin care routine. I’ll admit, I tried it and it is really refreshing!
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How to Care for Your Jade Roller
After use simply wipe your roller with a soft cloth, preferably a microfiber cloth. Then once a week clean your jade roller when you are cleaning your makeup brushes.
You can even use your makeup brush cleaner. But, instead of scrubbing and running it through the water – in fact, do not soak or submerge a jade roller in water, add a drop of makeup cleaner to a damp cloth and wipe the jade roller clean. Or dip a cloth into soapy water and wipe clean. Allow to air dry or dry with another soft cloth. Just make sure it’s dry before you store it.
Adding jade rolling to your beauty regimen is like the icing on the cake if you ask me. Gliding a cool stone across your face is so soothing and a great way to have an at-home facial.
Have you tried a jade roller? Tag #lifenreflection on Instagram to share your experience or Pin these jade rolling techniques to use when you get one!