You may have seen jade roller on social media, or even in your local beauty shop. The handheld stone massager is said to help de-puff, firm the skin, and increase circulation. But what exactly are they, and do they really work?
The craze for the facial stone roller—which is typically made from jade, but can also be found in rose quartz and amethyst—seems to be fueled by celeb endorsements and the general desire to practice self-care. But the tool is actually an ancient remedy, says Erum Ilyas, MD, a dermatologist at Montgomery Dermatology in Pennsylvania. “The cool stones limit the dilation of blood vessels and encourage a gentle, soothing massage,” she says. The result is a tingly, refreshed complexion.
But what’s more, the gentle rolling motion is intended to help drain excess fluid, especially around the eyes. “The lymphatic system can get sluggish in certain areas of the face, leading to puffiness,” she says. “Massage is a great way to stimulate the lymphatic system and move fluid into proper channels.”
Another benefit of the facial roller, according to Ilyas and other experts, is that it can help emulsify oil-based serums and moisturizers so they penetrate deeper into the skin. (Just be sure to apply your skincare products with a light touch; pressing too hard could cause tiny red marks and blood vessel damage.)
There’s a bit of a trick to using a jade roller. First, it’s important to lubricate the face with your chosen serum or moisturizer—one with hyaluronic acid is ideal. Then, roll the stone in a circular motion, starting at the center of the chin and moving outward across the jawline and upward toward the ears. Continue this around the neck, and then use a similar pattern on both sides of the face.
You can also use the smaller roller end of the jade face roller to work around your eyes. “Start underneath the eye and gently roll up and out,” Ilyas says. “Then roll over each eyebrow, and then up above them to the temple.” Finally, finish with both sides of the forehead, rolling from the center of the brow out towards the temples.
Some users report that the tool helps clear and prevent breakouts, though Ilyas isn’t convinced there’s a real link. Regardless, she says that the stone’s cooling properties are soothing, and many people like using it as part of their morning and evening routine to boost their self-care.
Jade rollers can be bought at beauty shops and online, though some experts recommend avoiding the cheaper versions found on Amazon because they’re often fake. To be sure you’re getting genuine jade, try holding the stone in your hand; if it warms up, it’s not real.
In short, jade rollers are not a must-have, but for those who enjoy the ritual of a face massage or who struggle with puffy skin, the stone can be a helpful addition to your regimen. Just be sure to sanitize the roller regularly, and always use it on clean skin.