First, let’s get the elephant out of the (digital) room. You don’t NEED anything I ever talk about. If you find some of the things I share here on Beauty by Birdy interesting, then go ahead and treat yourself. But if you think it’s a total waste of money or simply not something you would benefit from, then take my thoughts and opinions and leave them. No one is forcing you to do anything.
The beauty industry is getting overwhelming. Companies are pushing out products like Krispy Kreme donuts marching out on a conveyer belt. The market is over-saturated with influencers and it’s hard to deny feeling dizzy trying to decide which tool, moisturizer, cleanser, lipstick, or blush is best. I feel it too.
However, I can provide some pretty good reasons as to why I believe a jade roller is handy to have in the home. Or more so why I’ve enjoyed having one, and why I think you may enjoy having one too.
What is a Jade Roller?
Think of it as a mini double-ended paint roller…made of hard stone. It typically features a wide end that can be used for larger parts of the face including the cheekbones and neck; and a smaller end for delicate areas like the eyes. It’s essentially used to perform a facial massage and promote lymphatic drainage, which reduces toxins in the body and can help boost the immune system.
How Should It Be Used?
A jade roller should always be used with upward motions. We battle gravity every day and as we get older it, unfortunately, becomes a losing battle. Different areas of the face begin to sag. A jade roller should be your friend in this battle, not your enemy. Therefore, never pull down on the skin while using one. Instead, push up and away from the centre of the face. Think of it as a natural face lift.
There are certain areas of the face that are more delicate than others. Firm(ish) pressure can be used on the neck, cheekbones and forehead. But be extra careful not to use too much pressure around the eyes or the mouth
Why Should It Be Used?
1. It feels REEEALLLLY nice
This one’s my favourite! I sometimes keep my jade roller in the fridge so that it’s nice and cold when I press it against my skin. I use it most during mid-afternoon slumps when I feel tired and need a bit of a pick-me-up. Now, I work from home so I don’t have to worry about strange looks from co-workers. But honestly, if I still worked full-time in an office, I would probably store one of these in my desk and use it despite the funny looks. It’s super refreshing and helps me feel less tired.
2. It can de-puff
Especially when cold, a jade roller can reduce swelling. Don’t expect some miracle Facetune effect though. The results will be minimal and in some cases not even noticeable. The undereye area is where you’ll most likely see dark circles and puffiness be reduced.
3. It boosts circulation and blood flow
Using a jade roller increases circulation to the skin and encourages blood flow, which results in a healthier and more awake complexion. Insufficient blood flow can often be the reason our skin looks so dull, and why we can look…for lack of a better word…dead. A quick massage with a jade roller helps to add some colour back into the face and create a subtle glow.
4. It can help serums, oils and moisturizers sink in better (supposedly)
I’m not convinced about this one yet. It definitely doesn’t absorb any of the product because it’s made of stone. But it does seem to just move the product around and end up kind of gunky looking in the end. The jade roller does roll a lot nicer with less friction when there’s a serum or a moisturizer underneath it, however. And I do find that my skin feels hydrated afterward, but I imagine it would be no different than if I had used my own fingertips to massage the product in.
Now if you’ve made it to the end of this post, you may be thinking “that pretty piece of stone is boujee and totally not necessary.” If so, then you’re absolutely right. It’s probably not something you would be interested in spending your money on.
However, if you’re thinking “I often feel tired and need to relieve some stress” then you may want to consider picking one up. You don’t have to spend a fortune on it. They’re often available at Marshalls of Winners for less than $15.
Aside from any beauty benefits this tool can result in, I’ve loved it most for those moments when I just need a little TLC. When I’m feeling a little unmotivated, or overwhelmed, and exhausted. It has become a method to decompress and I am ALL FOR a little self-care moment. For myself. For everyone.
But you decide for yourself. Is a jade roller something you might be interested in? Let me know your opinion in the comments below.