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You stay up to date with the latest creams and serums, hoping to keep your skin looking radiant throughout your thirties and beyond. You exfoliate, moisturize, and do everything else that’s supposed to lead to healthy, glowing skin, and you’ve probably developed a routine that works well for you.
However, there’s something you may be curious about adding into your regimen: jade rolling. This ancient beauty practice is said to have some pretty impressive health and beauty benefits, and it definitely has a high-profile following. Here’s what you need to know about jade rolling, the ancient beauty trend that is having a decidedly 21st-century comeback.
What is jade rolling?
Jade rolling is pretty simple: You use a small roller made of jade to massage your face and neck.
Some proponents of jade rolling follow a product-forward regimen that involves washing and exfoliating your face, then applying your favorite mask or moisturizer. Using the jade roller, you massage the mask or moisturizer into your skin for about two minutes.
Others opt for a cooling treatment they say can de-puff and de-bloat the face and recommend storing the roller in the fridge or freezer between use for optimal results.
According to the Gemological Institute of America, jade was used for thousands of years in ancient Central American, New Zealand, and Chinese weaponry, tools, and ornaments. Today, estheticians and manufacturers of jade rollers say the practice builds on the claims of Chinese medicine regarding jade’s ability to promote healing, draw toxins from the body, and relax the nervous system.
While these claims aren’t upheld by Western medicine, those who are passionate about jade rolling are adamant that rollers should be made of authentic jade.
The Who’s Who of Jade Rolling
Although jade rolling might be new to you, some of Hollywood’s most picture-perfect faces are making the most of the technique. Celebrity aesthetician Liz Kennedy told E! Online that she uses jade rolling to help models keep their skin looking cool and refreshed, which explains why Miranda Kerr, Behati Prinsloo, and Dree Hemingway all say that jade rolling is part of their regular beauty routine.
Alicia Keys is a jade rolling convert too. In 2016, Keys’ makeup artist, Dotti, told W, “I stick a jade roller in ice, so it’s basically freezing when I roll it over her skin. I really, really work into all those areas where I want blood and water and energy brought to the surface. It brings her skin to life, it practically makes her skin say, ‘Hi. I love you.’”
Other than “I love you” skin, what are the benefits of jade rolling?
According to Jayde Covenant, a spa manager and esthetician, massaging your face with a jade roller increases blood flow, which can give you that nice, healthy glow you’re after. Covenant told Well + Good senior editor Erin Hanafy that rolling also activates your lymphatic system, which helps drain fluid from your tissues, meaning it can detox and de-puff your face. After using a jade roller, your face may look tighter and less wrinkled, and who wouldn’t want that in exchange for just a few minutes of effort?
Lifestyle and wellness blogger Gena Min shares that jade rolling is more than just a beauty trend for her, saying that after complications related to Botox treatments, it has given her relief from headaches, sinus issues, and breakouts. Others claim that the smooth, cool jade can help with headaches when you use it on your forehead, eyelids, and temples.
Buying and Using a Jade Roller
So you’re ready to give jade rolling a try. The first step is to purchase a jade roller, which you’ll likely have to do online. When you’re shopping, remember that it’s important to get a roller that’s made with authentic jade if you’re after the benefits associated with the gemstone. Some of the cheaper rollers you’ll find might actually be glass that’s been colored to look like jade.
Authentic jade rollers typically cost between $25 and $90, depending on where you purchase them. Be sure to read the reviews to see what others have said about the roller you’re considering. If they’ve had a positive experience, chances are you will too!
When your roller arrives, you may want to pop it in the fridge or freezer before your first massage. While you don’t have to commit to fancy patterns, Min suggests this technique on her blog, Gena Min Wellness:
On clean skin, starting from the center of your forehead, use the large roller and roll slowly towards the ears. Repeat about 6 times over the same area. Use the small roller under the eyes and go from the corner of the eye to the ear. Same thing with cheeks. Start from the middle of your face and roll outwards. Roll from the chin area to your jaw and up to the ears. For the neck, start from the top and roll downwards towards the collar bone. You don’t need to apply any pressure. Just use the weight of the jade roller.
Keep in mind that you can incorporate your favorite cleansers, masks, and moisturizers into your personalized jade rolling ritual as well—we love Mario Badescu’s Vitamin C Serum followed up by Shiseido’s Firming Massage Mask.