Jade Rollers traditionally were used to flatten wrinkles on the face and clear fluid congestion. In modern understanding their most useful function is that they increase lymphatic drainage.
It’s always easy to reach for a pot of cream offering to firm skin, erase wrinkles, cure sagging. But can we learn and benefit from the past, natural ways of approaching anti-ageing and beauty?
I find that my own face has a tendency to be a little puffy first thing in the morning, but running a jade roller across my face, and around my eyes seems to help reduce the puffiness. The Jade Roller always feels cool on contact with the skin and is extremely soothing.
Jade Rollers - the science and history behind this anti-ageing beauty tool
Jade holds a significant and even mystical place in Chinese society. Jade artefacts dating back to 5000BC have been found in China and Jade rollers have been found in tombs dating back to the 12th century. During this time jade was always considered a symbol of beauty, grace and longevity. The ancient Emperors, his wives and concubines all made good use of these precious beauty products and jade rollers were part of every wealthy and powerful women’s beauty chest in ancient China. The Jade rollers have experienced continuous use right up to the present where they can be found in cosmetic acupuncture clinics and increasingly modern day spas. As the properties of jade become better known minute amounts of crushed jade are also beginning to be used in modern beauty creams.
What are Jade Rollers used for
Traditionally they were used to flatten wrinkles on the face and clear fluid congestion. Jade is an interesting semiprecious stone in that it remains cold while in contact with the skin and this allows it to help close the pores and tighten the skin. In modern understanding their most useful function is that they increase lymphatic drainage.
Increasing lymphatic drainage
Here we are referring to the interstitial fluid or the fluid that resides within the tissues. This fluid is responsible for providing cell nutrition and removing waste products and toxins. The lymphatic system has no pump to keep the lymph circulating and instead relies on muscle contraction. When this system does not function correctly there is a build-up of fluid in the tissues which can manifest as swelling and fluid retention in an area.
The lymphatic system responds very well to manual therapy. This can be done in a variety of ways, one of the easiest and most affordable ways being with a jade roller massage.
By improving lymphatic circulation you can provide improved nutrition to the cells in the epidermis and dermis. You can also increase the removal of waste products.
This is very useful in combination with microneedling as the micro trauma caused by the needles requires good nutrition to heal and the healing process creates a variety of waste products that need to be removed from the area.
Using the Jade Roller
Great to use in combination with Argan Oil. If using Argan Oil first apply the oil, then use the Jade Roller to roll the oil into your skin. The basic principle is to roll in an upwards and outwards direction as this is believed to lift the qi or energy of the face. Traditionally the massage always started on the right side of the face and then massaged the left second as this is the direction the energy in this part of the body is believed to flow. The rollers are also excellent to use on areas such as the eyes and neck which are harder to treat.
Massage the face gently moving the lymph, cooling the skin and stimulating the cells.
The Jade Roller is moved with just the weight of the roller pressing the skin. No additional pressure is needed or of benefit. From the center line going either left or right begin at the hairline rolling slowly towards the ear. Repeat 3 to 6 times at the same line. After repeating move down to roll another line. Continue to the eyee. Continue rolling in strips from the corner of the eye to the ear. Below the eye work from the nose out to the ear. Continue with upper lip, lower lip and the chin. At the chin follow out the lower jaw line to under the ear lobe. Then repeat with the other side. When that is finished do long rolls from under the chin to the collar bone working out to the side of the neck starting each sweep from the chin. Benefits are the moving of lymph and increasing blood circulation for a healthy youthful appearance when used regularly.
The Jade Roller improves lymphatic drainage around the eyes, the most common site of blockage. It can reduce discoloration sometimes caused by dark shadows. To use,place vertically into the inner corner of the eye, using gentle rocking motion, press lightly to encourage drainage in eye zone and reduce puffiness. Another useful technique is to press the Roller gently around the eye-socket in a clockwise direction three times, this will give you a fresher faced look in the morning, help avoid the horrors of puffy eyes and generally avoid the morning after the night before look. Also useful for the area between the nose and lips and for decongesting sinuses.