The Ancient Chinese Beauty Tool Millennials are Obsessed With

Jade rolling; the what, the why and the how

Words by Emma Tiernan
June 15th, 2018

You may have noticed beauty enthusiasts all over social media going crazy for a new and very pretty looking tool known as a jade roller, claiming that it is doing wonders for their complexion. But what exactly is a jade roller?

Despite the recent hype, they are not exactly a new phenomenon, in fact, they are over a thousand years old. Chinese princesses and aristocrats have been using jade rollers for centuries to help banish spotty complexions and to even out their skin tone while there are even old Chinese beauty relics dating all the way back to the 7th century found in museums. So, why only now have jade rollers become so popular in the west? Perhaps it is the obsession we have at the moment with Asian beauty routines and products or it could be a result of the current wellness movement that has made their popularity soar.

A jade roller is a beauty tool used to massage your face. The tool predominantly has one large jade stone at the top to massage your cheeks, chin and forehead and a small jade stone at the bottom to massage smaller areas such as your nose and undereye. The idea is to complete your usual skincare routine and then use the jade roller to massage your face as the final step.

There are various different benefits jade rolling supposedly has on both a physical and metaphysical level. The biggest impact is that it acts as a light lymphatic drainage massage. This causes the natural drainage of lymph fluid which helps reduce toxins from the body. It helps to target swollen or puffy skin, for example, if you did not get enough sleep or had too much alcohol the night before, using a jade roller in the morning can help reduce the appearance of a puffy face.

More benefits include boosting the blood circulation in your face which helps brighten your complexion, leaving you with a visible glow. Jade is also known for its natural cooling properties that help to calm the skin, this is said to help with evening out skin tones and giving skin a less red, blotchy and uneven look. Some even go as far as to say that the act of jade rolling helps tone slackening muscles and sculpt your features, therefore, acting as a natural contour though unfortunately there is no scientific evidence to back up this claim!

Given that jade is a gemstone, it is not surprising that it also claims to have metaphysical benefits to coincide with the physical. According to old Chinese ways, the act of jade rolling helps to ward off evil spirits, to expel bad energy from the body and also aids in balancing your Chi. Whether or not you believe in crystal healing powers, it is undeniable that jade rollers have become hugely popular among beauty junkies. With influencers like Devin Bergman and Marianna Hewitt all swearing by them and having been used for over 1000 years, it is hard to argue that it might be just another beauty fad.

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