Does Jade Roller Really Works? Here's The Truth...
The beauty world is buzzing about stones, from jade face rollers to sculpting tools called gua sha, as the latest secret to firmer, more youthful skin. But are jade rollers, used to massage your face and apply skincare products, really the miracle fix for great skin?
"Though jade rolling is trending, people have been using face rollers and sculpting tools (like gua sha), made from smooth jade, for centuries, " says Sabina Wizemann, Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab senior chemist. "The technique originated in China, where it was known for healing and purifying,” Wizemann explains. “Jade rolling and gua sha massage are thought to work by aiding in lymphatic drainage [moving fluid that pools under the skin], which can have a depuffing effect."
What do jade rollers claim to do?
Jade face rollers and gua sha massage tools can be made of jade or quartz stone; both works by the same mechanism and Wizemann says it's actually their massaging effects, not the composition of the stones used themselves, that produce any benefits.
Jade rollers are said to do everything from sculpting, toning, and firming skin to boosting circulation, enhancing glow, reducing puffiness, minimizing fine lines, improving elasticity, detoxifying, and helping skincare products penetrate better. It's a long list, so we have to ask...
Do jade face rollers actually work?
Maybe. "There are currently no clinical studies that prove jade rolling or gua sha massage have any beneficial effects for skin, so more research is needed to prove their results," Wizemann says. "But the techniques may relax facial muscles and provide a cooling sensation on the skin, and the massage could have a firming benefit over time. Gua sha may also help increase blood circulation and lymphatic drainage."
How do I use a jade face roller?
In general, jade facial tools can be glided on bare, dry skin, or after application of a leave-on skincare product like a serum or moisturizer to help with product absorption.
To use a jade face roller, "move from the center of the face upward and outward so you are rolling the stone toward your lymph nodes, which promotes fluid drainage," she advises. "It's also been reported that this directional movement helps counteract gravity and lift the skin." Generally, the pressure from jade rollers is more minimal.
For gua sha massage, "a flat jade stone that has curved sides is gently pressed along your face, moving upward and outward as you do with a jade roller," Wizemann says. "Some find this technique produces faster results because it's usually done with more pressure." Don't forget to check out our best Himalayan Jade Gua Sha HERE.
Here, Wizemann's bonus application tricks:
Store your stone in the fridge. Jade stones are naturally cool to the touch, but some people like to store their tools in the refrigerator for added coolness that can feel soothing on the skin.
Pair your jade roller with a sheet mask. Jade rollers can be used to smooth on sheet face masks to help them better adhere to skin and add a cooling benefit.
Regularly clean your roller. Since the tools are being used on your face and can easily spread bacteria, clean them with warm water and soap after use and store in a clean, dry place.
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