Jade roller has so many benefits for our skin, from the spiritual to the scientific.
SPIRITUALLY… gemstone rolling has been an Eastern skincare practice for centuries, as jade is associated with protecting against negative energy and helping to balance our body’s energetic life force (or chi).
+ In Traditional Chinese Medicine, jade rolling is right up there with acupuncture & cupping when it comes to balancing us out where we are out of whack. Think anxiety, fatigue, pain, exhaustion, female problems, skin issues, etc.
+ SCIENTIFICALLY… jade roller increases blood circulation, assists in lymphatic drainage, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines. It helps to stimulate collagen, brighten your complexion, and due to the energy-balancing properties can even boost your mood.
How to use:
The traditional way to do it is to roll the jade roller in an upward motion (we never want to pull our face down — gravity is already doing that…), working from the neck toward the forehead. Then move in an outward motion so the toxins and buildup are able to drain through the lymph nodes.
+ Store your rollers in the fridge for an extra anti-inflammatory effect and a really delicious feel-good cooling facial massage… especially if you’re prone to redness and breakouts!
+ Clean them under boiling hot water every few days to get the germs, products & toxins off — especially since you’re using on your face daily!
The main difference between jade rollers and Gua Sha tools is that jade rolling is mainly a lymphatic drainage massage, and Gua Sha is a fascial [a.k.a. fibrous tissue] release massage.
The basic technique involves scraping, usually in an upward motion. For the face, the scraping is a long stroke, going upwards and outwards.