Skincare: The Jade Roller

 
Illustration:  Shannon Andrews

Illustration: Shannon Andrews

With winter drawing near, at the beginning of November I wanted to develop a new face regime (and by new I mean... get black into practicing self care and actually develop a face regime). I heard about stone rollers (jade and rose quartz) and gua sha from friends and influencers... I became curious! I did some research and found one of the brands I love, Province Apothecary, makes a jade roller. I use their products often and have found they work well with my skin.


While jade rollers have become quite the popular beauty tool, they have actually been a staple in Chinese skincare routines since the 7th century. Not only are they used to message the skin, they are believed to have both healing and protective properties for the skin. This includes boosting blood circulation, reducing swelling, and allowing for deeper penetration of skincare products. Jade rollers are made out of the gorgeous jade green stone and have a rolling piece at the top with a handle, and sometimes have a studded end, used as a holistic approach to micro needling (like the one I own from Province Apothecary). Some jade rollers do have a smaller roller at one end, which can be used on smaller areas of the face.

how it works...

Using the jade roller from Province Apothecary, the stone studs help to energize the dermal layers of your skin by kneading the skin on a deeper level. The dermal layers of your skin contain collagen and elastin fibers, which are responsible for maintaining skins suppleness and helps to prevent signs of aging. It is important workout to strengthen these fibers, to improve your skin elasticity and smooth fine lines.

If you think of your face regime like a workout, as any effective exercise routine, the cool-down is just as important as the workout. After using the studded end, use the smooth end of your jade roller to help the skin to recuperate. Use your roller at a cool temperature to reduce the look of redness caused by the studded end, and to move lymph fluid and detoxify.

how to use a jade roller?

I have created both a morning and nigh-time face regime that I have been sticking to for a little over a month now! I have found this works for me and have really noticed improvements:

morning:

Wash your face with your facial cleanser (Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser).
Spritz your face with toner (Province Apothecary Invigorating & Balancing Toner) and apply face serum (Province Apothecary Rejuvenating & Hydrating Face Serum) evenly to face and neck.
Use the smooth end of your jade roller (Province Apothecary Jade Roller) to soothe and tighten.
Apply your finishing products (I use moisturizer and eye cream).

night:

Wash your face with your facial cleanser (Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser).
Spritz your face with toner (Province Apothecary Invigorating & Balancing Toner) and apply face serum (Province Apothecary Rejuvenating & Hydrating Face Serum) evenly to face and neck.
Use the studded end of your jade roller (Province Apothecary Jade Roller) all over the face, targeting fine lines and avoiding broken, sensitive skin.
Apply more serum if needed and massage skin (I follow Province Apothecary’s Natural Facelift Ritual massage steps 1-12).
Use the smooth end of your jade roller (Province Apothecary Jade Roller) to soothe and tighten Apply your finishing products (I use moisturizer and eye cream).

what i’ve noticed...

I’ve been using my jade roller for a few weeks now. At the start of building my face regime, using the roller, I immediately noticed reduced inflammation and under eye circles, my skin looks much brighter, and my pores are tightened. I also have a few scars and age lines on my face that I have noticed reduced in depth and size. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results! Not only have I noticed these visible results but adding this to my regime has me feel so relaxed due to the messaging and soothing nature of the jade roller.

my vote: worth it!