Jade Rollers – Cosmetic con or skincare secret?

Jade rollers are having a huge moment right now. They’re popping up in conversation, on social feeds, at department stores, beauty shops – almost every celebrity and influencer is using them because who isn’t obsessed with anything that naturally makes the skin taut?

The tiny beauty tools have skyrocketed in popularity, the million dollar question though –  does rubbing them on your face in the name of beauty really work and is it backed by science? 

Keep scrolling, we got all the answers:

What’s the fuss all about and how best to use them?

Face rollers can come in a variety of crystals – jade, rose quartz, tourmaline and amethyst are the most commonly available ones.

Crystals have a natural coolness – no wonder, they find prominence in several aspects of wellness – from cleansing our water to meditation, purifying the vibes or (like Miranda Kerr) putting them in your bra! When it comes to skincare, they might be rage right now but their use is deeply rooted in history. They’ve been used for centuries in the Chinese medicine where the belief was to draw out the negative energy or ‘chi’ and have references in ancient Indian scriptures as well. 

If you haven’t really tried it, then get hold of a crystal roller, freeze it for soothing effect, apply your favourite serum or oil on the face and roll the tool in upward strokes for micro-circulation. The idea is to aid the lymphatic drainage system and help the skin and facial muscles drain toxic fluid buildup, increase the flow of oxygen which reduces puffiness and minimises fine lines. The cooling nature of crystals even after coming in contact with the skin helps to brighten complexion and penetrate the product deeper in your skin. 

The design of the face roller with a larger oval stone and a smaller circular stone helps in getting complete rolling coverage on the face. Below we tell you how to use both the sides for the most effective results.

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DIY beauty tool – Here’s what to remember

Besides that zen-like feeling, regular and correct usage of face rollers has legitimate skin benefits – dermatologists say it makes your features pop, skin looks more awake and taut, improves elasticity, tightens pores, helps eliminate toxins and naturally boosts collagen. There’s a host of benefits but if not used correctly, it can do more harm than good. Keep these tips in mind: 

1. Begin with a cleansed face and a cleansed, refrigerated roller. Apply your favourite serum/cream of choice but remember to use a ‘slippery’ product. Some people apply face mask sheets and roll over it for maximum benefits. 

2. Use medium pressure and at least twice a day for visible benefits. 

3. Like with any beauty routine, a face roller is not for all skin types. Some people break out or develop rashes – immediately discontinue its use if it’s not suiting your skin. 

Neck: The oval side of the jade roller is perfect for the long neck – roll it up and down the neck in vertical lines and with uniform pressure. 

Jawline: We love them taut and defined, don’t we? Stay with the oval side of the roller and begin massaging from the centre of your chin towards the earlobe. Repeat for 6 to 7 times on each side and begin to work up the rest of the face. 

Eyes: The smaller stone works well for the eye. Remember to be extra gentle on the eye, roll from the inner point of the eye to the outer area, cover the under eye which sees maximum puffiness and the crow’s feet as well. Roll back and forth for about 8 to 10 times twice a day. 

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