If we could sum up one of the biggest beauty trends of the past year into two words, it would be "skin first."
Skincare and all forms of it have taken over with local brands like Mint Apothecary focusing on all natural hydration for city stripped skin. In addition, we’ve got Instagram accounts like @re_issue who provide educational reviews with full pH and ingredient breakdowns for those of us who barely passed high school chemistry.
One skincare tool that has recently taken over our Instagram feeds is facial rollers. Used by members of high society in China since the 17th century, facial rollers traditionally are made from jade but can be cut from a number of crystals and stones, just in case you have some spiritual cleansing to do as well.
Jade rollers generally feature a larger stone on one side for your cheeks, jaw and forehead and a smaller stone for under the eyes and mouth and around the nose.
The main purpose of using a facial roller is to help with lymphatic drainage. For parts of your face that swell or have stagnant circulation, the facial massage can help fluid drain to their proper channels and away from your eyes and cheeks. Some models feature studding for those of you who prefer a more intense and forceful facial massage.
Lymphatic drainage aside, one of the main reasons why we recommend jade rollers and why they have taken the beauty world by storm is because they transform your basic skincare routine into a self-care routine. The massaging motion of the jade roller can stimulate certain hormones, produce a relaxing effect, and reduce stress levels. The cooling stones can help you decompress after a long day or wake up after a deep sleep. In addition, they insure that your pricey oils and serums get absorbed fully into the skin on your face and not into your hands.
How do you use it?
After applying your favourite serum, oil or moisturizer, roll the jade in an upward motion, working from your neck toward the forehead. Roll from your jawline up toward the middle of your cheeks, and from the middle of your chin make broad strokes with the roller out towards your ear, where the lymph drains from your face.
Gradually move up your face, over your lips, under your nose and from the bridge of your nose out to your ear using the small end of the roller to get the sensitive skin under your eyes and all over your mobile lid. Make sure to always roll upwards and outwards and never back and forth. If you look or feel flushed, you’ve successfully stimulated circulation.
Pro tip: Keep your jade roller in the refrigerator or freezer for under eye de-puffing magic.
We highly recommend trying this ancient tool. With the beauty industry constantly bombarding us with the newest blends and trends, it's nice to take a step back and try something from centuries past. This metaphysically healing wonder might just be exactly what your skin needs now.