let's talk skin tools...
specifically, Jade rollers. This skincare tool has taken the beauty world by storm + are debately one of the most commonly used skincare tools on the market. I am naturally a skeptic at heart, especially when it comes to skincare, and I research (I mean REALLY research) products before jumping on the trend. So before I purchased my roller + gua sha tools, you bet I looked into the science behind this product. Of course, I too still have so much to learn in the world of skincare and although I am a skincare enthusiast I am not (yet) a medical aesthetician. I will also add that my personal skincare beliefs revolve around a holistic, research + science based approach so with that said, no, I don't believe the crystal itself will benefit your skin; if you do, this post may not be for you.
I have taken the time to address some of the most common questions surrounding Jade rollers, how to decide on the right roller, debunking the myths + spreading the truth. So what are you waiting for, let's get glowing + educated.
HOW + WHY I USE MY JADE ROLLER
Skincare is an incredibly individualized journey and chances are, most routines vary in one way or another person to person. I decided to hope on the jade roller trend because of the cooling + depuffing effect. I love salt and drink a ton of water so I am no stranger to waking up with a puffy face. I also have sensitive skin so I also have my fair share of mornings waking up with slight redness. I keep my roller in the freezer or my skincare fridge (you can find my super cute cow print one here) + use it after my morning skincare routine in tandem with my gua sha tools. I occasionally use it at night as well but once a day seems to be just fine for me!
WHAT IS A JADE ROLLER + JADE STONE?
Jade Roller is a paint brush style tool made with the dense stone, Jade, that is intended for facial massage. The tool itself, on one end with a larger oval stone to be used for forehead, cheek, chin + neck while the smaller end to be used on the eye area. Jade Rollers are intended to be rolled in an up + outward motion to aid in blood flow circulation, lymphatic drainage + decrease puffiness.
Facial rolling is definitely not a new trend. In fact, this beauty ritual came to light back in the ancient times, think like 7th century. Jade itself is a protective stone, typically a shade of emerald green. The stone itself is said to have spiritual benefits as well such as: balancing, calming, protection, healing, release of negativity, detox, etc. Now, whether you believe this or not, I will leave that up to you but I will try to help shine light on why this may not be the best way to approach skincare.
The claims of jade rollers: debunking MYTH VS. FACT
Remember me mentioning the spiritual claims of jade rollers? I want to further explain that Jade Rollers do not have enough backed science to be approved by the FDA meaning, there may be some truth to the slightly obscure claims (such as it helps with anti-aging) but there is not enough clinically proven research + evidence to back those claims. Jade rollers are not meant to treat, cure or prevent any diseases. Along with that, jade rollers will not cure your acne. They can help with inflammation, but the stone itself will not stop cystic acne or other skin conditions. There is, however, enough medical knowledge to provide an accurate depiction as to what results we DO get from rollers. Be weary when reading descriptions for products as companies have writers/marketers in place who are pros at strategically persuading you into really believing things that aren't necessarily true.
p.s. as a side note, if you are doing facial exercises I would strongly encourage you to research + think of another method. I say this because facial exercises tug + pull on the skin - creasing + working it over and over and over again. Eventually, those fine lines will deepen so you can ultimately be doing more damage down the road. Try a lymph drainage massage instead!
Lastly, I want to quickly add a note on what it means when something is "scientifically proven." Ultimately, this means someone, like a big company, has the money to fund the tests. This however does not always mean how the product is being then advertised in an morally 'right' way. Always check studies + who funded the study. This will tell you a lot about the way its being presented to the public.
HOW A JADE ROLLER CAN HELP + WHY
Jade rollers can help reduce puffiness; this is the main reason I use mine. Jade rollers are in fact crystals/stones + with that, this pressure helps get your blood flow going (NOT because of the healing powers of the crystal) which results in lymphatic drainage + depuffing. This is solely because of the pressure, motion + density of the crystal on the skin. Think lymphatic drainage massage - it is very similar in that you are stimulating blood flow. Using the tool in an upward motion - we are indirectly targeting the layers of our skin + getting it moving, specifically the subcutaneous fat layer, which is the part of our skin anatomy that gives us that healthy, bright glow. So it GOOD when we get these layers moving. Lymph fluid relates directly to toxin build up + our immunity therefore, when blood flow increases/circulates + our lymph fluid drains we see less visible puffiness and an overall healthy glow. It's important to also note that you don't need to apply excess pressure when using your jade roller, you are rolling the lymph that is in the skin + not the muscle so a very light touch is ok.
MYTH: THE CRYSTAL WILL HELP WITH ANTI-AGING + COLLAGEN PRODUCTION + HEALING ACNE
Again, lymph fluid drainage can help clean out toxins aka helping our immunity as well, BUT THIS IS NOT BECAUSE OF THE CRYSTALS HEALING POWERS OR CRYSTAL ITSELF. Here's the deal, lymphatic drainage in itself can help reduce puffiness, breakouts + fine lines so this is a very easy way for marketers to skew fact + turn it into false advertising.
You can run your jade roller crystal across your face all day long but the crystal itself will not stimulate collagen, reduce toxin build up or penetrate your products deeper. There is NO scientific proof that the jade roller crystal itself can do these benefits. It will not miraculously turn back time in regards to fine lines + aging. Down the road there may be studies that link jade rollers + anti-aging together but as of right now to the best of my knowledge, there is not.
Our skin has microcurrent frequencies flowing throughout, this is why certain skincare tools such as the NuFace ACTUALLY work because there is proven science behind the technology and how it reacts with our skins microcurrents (bare with me as I have not started esthetician school yet but try my best with verbiage). Crystals do not have clinically proven research to justify that the crystals microcurrents are reaching far enough into the layers of the skin. Therefore, they can not stimulate collagen and the claim that they eliminate toxins is veryyyyy misleading. Again, it is the LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE that indirectly aids in eliminating toxins and even then this is a claim that I still don't 100% buy into.
Collagen production happens deep down under the epidermis of the skin. Meaning, in order for this device to somehow increase our collagen production, it would need to be penetrating very deep which it physically cannot. If you are wanting to stimulate collagen going in for a professional microneedling session is really the only way to 100% stimulate collagen while having a professional guiding the process. This can also be related to acne where as the tool itself MAY be able to help active ingredients penetrate deeper such as benzoyl peroxide, however when you think of the friction + if you aren't cleaning your tool, you could actually be further aggravating your acne.
'good' vs. 'bad' jade rollers + how to choose
In beauty, there is absolutely no denying there are dupes of popular products. The important thing is to know how to spot a faux jade roller so don't worry, I have you covered!
Jade rollers most commonly are a green-ish shade, typically close to emerald and the stone itself is very dense meaning it won't sound hollow + will have slight weight to it. Real Jade not only varies in shade but it is VERY EXPENSIVE. With that said, you can spot cheap jade pretty quickly based on price and sorry to say but if you have purchased any roller under $20, it;s most likely made out of plastic (ew). If you are using a roller that is 100% highest grade authentic Jade then you will be spending quite A LOT of money for this, and are probably a celebrity, so most rollers are made out of nephrite or jadeite (a more common form of Jade offering close to the same benefits). Your roller should also have zero bubbles, be cool to the touch and is ok to have swirls throughout. Jade comes in many different forms but here are some of the most common imitation forms of jade:
Malaysian Jade (dyed)
Opaque dolomite marble(too perfect to be true)
Jade Roller perfect pairings
I hate to break hearts here but if you are using your jade roller to roll in your serums, i'm here to tell you why you should not be doing this. Jade is porous meaning your serums can actually get trapped inside those little holes + begin harboring bacteria. Quartz is non porous making it a great option if you love rolling in your serums! I occasionally use my quartz gua sha tools to do this as well.
If you are considering serums for jade rollers, fruit or plant actives are best as they will work in penetrating deep into the skin. Think retinols, vitamin c, lactic acid, etc. like this Sunday Riley Lactic Acid serum that is more gentle on sensitive skin!
SO, is it worth it?
All in all, I absolutely love my jade roller and what it does for calming my redness + the lymphatic drainage benefits. I used mine every morning for about 5 minutes + store in my cute cow print mini fridge ( blog post to come on this!)
Be a skeptic with skincare. THINK about products before moving forward with them + do not blindly trust what's on websites or packaging (ahem, drunk elephant). Even products with clinically proven studies are typically backed by big companies because hello, they can afford it! I share this because the product/marketing verbiage can be very skewed to get the desired consumer results they need to be successful in sales. Be your own scientist + ensure you always cross check studies or ask your trusted your skincare expert. Always read between the lines. Always second guess influencers who do not fully understand skincare (yes, i'm sorry but its very true ) Lastly, be your own skincare scientist, it's pretty fun!
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