It seems like every other day there is a new beauty trend that we are supposed to buy into as consumers. Sometimes they are worth the hype and sometimes they are just a flash in the pan that disappear just as quickly as they appeared. One of the biggest beauty trends to hit mainstream markets, in recent years, is jade rolling. However, jade rolling has actually been around for a long time– being traced back to centuries ago in ancient China as a favorite beauty tool of the Royals. I have been putting jade rolling to the test for the last 5 months and feel like I have a pretty solid opinion on this beauty trend.
When I first started seeing jade rolling pop up all over the internet and in magazines, I was absolutely convinced it was just a way for brands to make a profit off of selling pretty stones on sticks. It wasn’t until I finally caved and decided to try jade rolling that I understood the hype and incorporate jade rolling into my routine daily. I think that speaks volumes that jade rolling is something I do daily without fail. I truly believe that it is a beneficial addition to my routines and skin health.
The first time I used my jade roller I made sure to use it after an oil/serum because one of the best things about using a jade roller is it helps the product to be worked into your skin. I have used it after cleansing on dry skin and don’t find it to be bothersome or harmful to the skin at all. However, I find it more beneficial to do after product is applied so that it can be absorbed and evenly distributed. It is also nice to have a bit of slip to the skin while using a roller, I never want to tug at my skin. I think that it does a much better job at applying product than the hand/fingers do. I found that it also helped take the pressure off of me to be light-handed when applying things to my face.
Another great thing about jade rollers is they help to increase circulation to the skin. Think about it as a wake-up call to the skin, the same way a massage or exfoliation would do. This is why I love to do it in the morning vs the night, although you can do it both AM and PM. One of the things I found is that keeping my jade roller in the refrigerator helps to soothe my sensitive/redness prone skin. The immediate cooling effect truly does do wonders for my skin. This also helps with inflammation of the skin and puffiness. A lot of rollers have a large side and a smaller side that can be used for delicate areas such as the nose and under the eyes.
One of the most appealing advantages of using a jade roller is that it can help with lymphatic drainage with proper technique. It is important to remember that when jade rolling you want to roll upwards and outwards. You don’t want to roll down and inward because that defeats the purpose– same way you never want to tug or go downward on your face with your hands. Take a few minutes to go upward and outward on your face and really give your face a treatment that will be beneficial and relaxing.
So the verdict for me is that I am a true believer that jade rolling is totally worth the hype. If you suffer from redness, puffiness, or have inflamed skin especially I think you would benefit from investing in a jade roller. I also think that if you have a hard time with putting too much pressure on your face using your hands then you could benefit from jade rolling. Remember that everyone’s skin is different and what works for me might not work the same way for you.
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