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On a Roll: Everything You Need to Know About Jade Rollers
11/1/2019 11:00:00 AM

Facial Rollers

Jade rollers are the hot "new” beauty tool that has actually been around for centuries. First used in ancient China, jade is thought to be a calming stone that can help soothe irritated skin, especially the delicate area beneath the eyes, which is incredibly susceptible to discoloration and puffiness. And while jade has many other purposes and has been used in other cultures for centuries, Western beauty enthusiasts have only recently caught on to the myriad uses for jade rollers in skincare routines. Here are a few things to know before you start shopping for your own jade roller:

What is a jade roller?

Jade rollers are small, handheld apparatuses that look a little bit like paint rollers. The "rolling” part is traditionally made of jade. Proponents of the jade roller say the material is important, as it is a nonporous stone that resists collecting bacteria and stays nice and cool (especially if you store your jade roller in the refrigerator).  However, "jade” rollers also come in other materials as well, including rose quartz. 

How does it work?

Some proponents of jade rollers claim they can do just about anything, from healing eczema to decreasing under eye puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles. However, most dermatologists agree that while there are many benefits to jade rollers, they are not a magic cure-all for every skin issue.

In reality, jade rollers are simply a highly effective facial massage system. They can help decrease puffiness by helping to decongest fluid built up just under the surface of skin. Jade rollers can also increase blood circulation, which causes skin to look brighter and temporarily firmer. But jade rollers are not a cure for skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, which still require the care of a physician. And they probably will not solve issues like wrinkles long-term. But for short-term issues, like winter dullness or simply lack of sleep, jade rollers are an excellent quick fix that feels really good.

A note of caution

While a cool jade roller is great against tired, puffy skin, experts warn that you should avoid pressing too hard or using your roller for longer than a few minutes at a time. Pressing too hard for too long can irritate acne or cause other irritation. Also, while jade is bacteria-resistant, that does not mean you shouldn’t clean your jade roller with anti-bacterial cleanser after each use, especially if it is not made of real jade. 

There are many different jade rollers on the market, from lower-cost versions on Amazon to pricier models at stores like Sephora and Ulta. And while jade has historically been the material of choice, it is not actually the stone that matters—it is the coldness of the material and the light pressure that ultimately helps circulation and decreases puffiness. So if you are looking for a quick, cool fix to tired skin, get rolling!

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