First things first – what exactly is a jade roller?
Despite the current buzz, jade rollers have been around for centuries; there’s evidence of them as far back as seventh-century China, where the stone was believed to have healing and protecting properties. Like most beauty strategies that stand the test of time, the art is in a jade roller’s simplicity – the tool features an oblong stone of pure jade attached to a handle. Some versions are dual-ended, featuring a smaller stone on the opposite end for use on harder to reach areas such as around the eyes, while others feature a textured surface which increases the massage feel.
What are the benefits?
In a nutshell, rolling jade across the skin will get you glowing. It’ll rev up circulation, de-puff the eye area and improve skin elasticity over time. Plus, asit also promotes lymphatic drainage, it’s detoxifying too. Jade rolling can also help calm and even out your complexion, making it visibly less puffy and defining cheekbones, jawline and brows. And the best bit? Results are instant.
How do you use it?
Jade rollers can be used on their own, but try it alongside your moisturiser or serum post-cleansing for added benefits. Starting from the centre of your neck, roll upwards and outwards on each section of your face, stopping at the hairline – it’s as simple as that.
Any other tips?
Some beauty bloggers swear by a chilled roller by keeping their jade in the fridge for added de-puffing powers, while others keep two on hand and alternate hot and cold to revive tired skin. You could also try rolling the tool over your skin while you’re wearing a sheet mask or after you’ve added a few drops of your favourite serum – the repeated motions of the roller will work the product into your skin. allowingfor better absorption.
Who’s it for?
If you struggle with a puffy face and eyes in the morning or feel like your skin could do with a boost that won’t cost the earth, then a jade roller could be the tool you’ve been waiting for.Your facial muscles tend to store a lot of tension which can cause wrinkles and fine lines and so for people with desk-bound jobs, staring at a screen all day can exacerbate these problems. A quick once-over daily with your jade roller can help release this tension in your face and jaw to give you a more youthful, plumped complexion.
So does it really work?
“I’ve always been sceptical about beauty gadgets with bold claims but since incorporating a jade roller into my skincare regime at the end of last year, I’ve never looked back. My skin is prone to puffiness, especially towards the end of the week (and after one too many glasses of wine), but using this in the morning after I’ve applied my serum and moisturiser is genuinely game-changing. Just be wary if your skin is very sensitive (mine is) – don’t over-roll and remember it’s quality over quantity; 30 seconds working across your entire face is plenty.” – Tor Cardona, SL Health & Beauty Editor
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