I’m going to start out by telling you about the sexy topic of lymphatic drainage. I started thinking about this topic hardcore when I was deathly ill over the holidays. Christmas Eve morning, I became super sick with the flu, like the rest of the country, and despite the fact that I actually got a flu shot this year. While dying of severe sinus pressure and congestion, I stumbled upon a video of a mustached chiropractor demonstrating facial massage for lymphatic drainage. I was desperate, delirious and drugged up so I kept researching.
Turns out, you can stimulate your sinuses to drain by using facial massage and putting pressure on key points. Though I didn’t experience any miracle there, I became curious about facial massage in general, suspecting that it increases circulation if anything. I also suffer from bad TMJ so I thought a jade roller may help with that, if nothing else.
Here are some of the benefits one can hope to enjoy from using a jade roller, according to the almighty internet:
- Improve circulation and overall skin tone
- Stimulate collagen production
- Relax facial muscles, thus soften fine line and wrinkles
- Reduce puffiness, particularly in the under eye area
- Stimulate lymphatic drainage
- Tighten pores
- Improve skin’s elasticity
There are 2 sides, one larger and one smaller. The smaller end is for the under eye area and for getting around small areas like the nose. Since jade is naturally cool, the roller itself feels cold but many suggest keeping this in the fridge for extra effect.
I’m not a believer in crystals and magic so I don’t personally feel that the jade itself has special powers, but I do like how cold the stone is. There are also rose quartz facial rollers which of course now think I need too.
How to use a jade roller
Using gentle pressure, roll from the center of the face, outwards.
For the under eye area, roll from the inner corner, to the outer corner and don’t forget the brow bone. I use upward motions on the jawline and forehead. I’ll post a little video below to demonstrate.
How often should you use a jade roller?
I used mine once a day, sometimes twice. I usually did it at night as a nice relaxation ritual, especially for my tense jaw muscles. You can apply skincare before or after but I tend to prefer applying after using the jade roller. Some products are sticky so I noticed after using my REN Ready Steady AHA Tonic, it wasn’t as smooth of a rolling process.
What I noticed
I personally noticed better color, luminosity and softened lines. I theorize that the jade roller relaxes muscles thus lessening the depth of wrinkle lines.
Do I recommend a jade roller?
I do. It’s a relaxing self care ritual that I look forward to. It certainly can’t hurt to relax your facial muscles and help your body to carry away waste. I’ll be rolling my face like pizza dough on the daily, in hopes of simulating a natural form of Botox.