Jade roller are the current beauty craze, and it’s not hard to see why. The beauty tool claims to do everything from aiding lymphatic drainage (the flushing of toxins through tiny vessels under the skin) to smoothing fine lines and tightening pores. Some even say it de-puffs, reduces wrinkles, brightens the complexion and lifts the cheekbones for a youthful glow. But is there evidence to back these claims? And is there a better alternative to the stone tool?
It’s worth pointing out that while there’s no scientific proof that jade rollers do what they claim, most dermatologists agree that it certainly can’t hurt. They also know that the ancient Chinese beauty tool has been around for centuries and can be an effective complement to your skincare routine.
The main benefit of a Jade roller is its cooling properties and smooth surface, which makes it glide across the face without pulling or tugging at the delicate tissue. This is a major plus because our bare fingers can irritate and damage the skin, especially in areas like under the eyes where the skin is thin. Jade rollers are also said to calm the complexion and help balance the energy of your meridian system, which is an important factor in keeping your body healthy.
Generally, experts recommend using the tool after applying serums and moisturizers, so that the product can absorb into the face. It’s also a good idea to sanitize the roller after each use, to ensure it doesn’t harbor bacteria.
Most rollers come with instructions on how to use them, but the general rule of thumb is to roll upward—it’s kind of like a facial massage. This helps with lymphatic drainage and can relieve puffy eyes, dark circles and a tired complexion. It’s recommended to apply gentle pressure while rolling the stone over the entire face, but pay special attention to any tension points, such as the brow and temple area, or any areas of the face that feel tight or stressed.
To avoid bruising, always apply the roller lightly and don’t overdo it. Those with sensitive skin may want to skip the eye area, which can be more delicate and can lead to redness and swelling. Aside from that, it’s a great way to relax and wind down before bed, and some people find that regular use of the roller results in more vibrant, youthful looking skin.
If you’re looking for a slightly different option to the standard jade roller, try this one from Vegancuts. It comes with a gua sha, a complimentary sculpting tool that can work in tandem with the jade roller to add more definition to your cheekbones and chin. The set is also said to be sound-free, so you don’t have to worry about the little squeaks that some face rollers can make.
This double-ended Jade roller is designed to be used on smaller areas (around the eyes and lips) as well as larger ones (cheeks, jawline and forehead). It’s made from a softer material than some other options, which is said to prevent squeaks and tugging, but still feels soft and smooth on the face. The brand recommends that you sanitize it after each use and before putting it away for storage.