What Do Jade Rollers Do for Your Skin, Anyway?

The facial massagers can de-puff skin and boost circulation.

Jade Roller facial massage tools with gold hardware
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Google isn't going anywhere, but if you want to find out where to get the best latte, mezcal cocktail, or vintage Levis in any city, a quick scroll through Instagram will get you answers. The same goes for discovering new beauty trends, too. By now, you've probably seen jade rollers everywhere. But what exactly are jade rollers supposed to do, and do these facial massaging tools actually work?

With the help of Sonia Vargas and Jackie Park, both aestheticians at Skin Worship in LA, along with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Sperling, we got the complete breakdown of what jade rollers do, how they work, and the right way to use one.

What Is a Jade Roller?

Jade rollers aren't a recent skincare innovation. They've been a staple in Chinese skincare routines since the 7th century and are believed to have healing and protective properties. The handheld massagers are usually dual-ended with two jade stone heads that run across the face.

How Does a Jade Roller Benefit Your Skin?

Jade rollers are believed to boost blood circulation, reduce swelling, and can help products penetrate deeper into the skin. Basically, they're supposed to be a quick, easy cure for daily skincare struggles like dark under-eye circles and puffiness. The increase in circulation can also help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. A jade roller can be used at room temperature or chilled in the fridge.

"The pressure and cold of the roller helps to improve circulation and increase lymphatic drainage," Dr. Sperling explains. "They also can help to temporarily improve puffiness or help to rub in topical creams."

On top of the skincare benefits, jade stones are said to be calming, so using one can potentially improve your mood. (Yes, really!) "You are also getting the benefits of jade as well," says Vargas. "It is a traditional stone that soothes the mind and releases negative thoughts."

How Do Jade Rollers Work?

After cleaning your skin and applying whatever skincare products you typically use, Vargas says, "You want to roll your face in an outward motion." Light pressure can work to drain lymphatic fluids, while light to medium pressure can help products penetrate deeper and boost blood flow. "The movements help increase blood circulation and collagen production to maintain a youthful glow serving as a sort of mini facial on the daily," she explains.

For a firming effect, Park recommends starting with the cheekbones and moving outwards. "Then, go against the jawline to create more contour and definition," she says. "Afterwards, move the roller down the back of your ears toward the clavicle, allowing the excess fluids to drain down to the lymphatic system."

Wait, What Skincare Products Work With Jade Rollers?

A serum or face oil and a jade roller are a winning combo. These products will help the facial massager glide against your face, plus the tool can help their active ingredients get deeper into your skin.

As for what ingredients to use, there are options. "I like to use firming peptides and work around areas with fine lines and wrinkles," says Vargas. "Plant-based stem cells are also beneficial when using a roller. Also, a hydrating serum is key since we all need hydration. You can also use brightening oils as well."

When Should You Use a Jade Roller?

The beauty of this ritual is that it's a great addition to any morning or nighttime skincare routine. In the a.m., a chilled jade roller can make sleepy, puffy eyes look refreshed, while in the p.m., the facial massaging tool is great for calming inflammation in the skin.

Do Jade Rollers Have Any Side Effects?

Jade rollers are safe to use daily and for every skin type. But Dr. Sperling does note that they can spread bacteria and infection if they aren't properly cleaned. Jade rollers also won't help with inflammatory skin conditions like eczema or rosacea.

Is There a Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Jade Rollers?

It all depends on personal preference, but a cheap option won't be made with a quality stone. "I would personally invest in a high-quality jade roller because you're paying the price for a good quality stone," says Park. "Also, you're investing in a beautiful piece that will allow you to use it daily as a ritual!"

OK, now that you know the deal with jade rollers, what do the before and afters of using one look like? Check out #jaderollers on Instagram to find out.

The Best Jade Rollers Picks

Province Apothecary Dual Action Jade Roller

Province Apothecary Dual Action Jade Roller

To buy: $32; Amazon.com.

Herbivore Jade Facial Roller

Herbivore Jade Facial Roller

To buy: $32; Sephora.com.

Revlon Jade Stone Facial Roller

Revlon Jade Stone Facial Roller

To buy: $14; Revlon.com.

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