It seems like in recent years, what were once considered whacky, “new-age” trends are now taking the forefront of wellness news. I’m alllll about gettin’ my zen on & am pretty much willing to try anything at this point — from hot yoga & crystal healing to reflexology & Himalayan salt lamps. As someone who used to rely solely on running five miles a day & the endorphin-kick that accompanied my habit, I’ve come to find that feeling good (& as a result, having the confidence to look good, too) truly does come from within. Combining physical, tangible changes with methods that require me to be a bit more open-minded has — for myself, at least — brought a sense of balance to my life that I hadn’t even known I’d been missing.
Enter: THE JADE ROLLER
In Eastern medicine, jade is a mineral that’s used for everything — from decorative art to chakra realignment & healing stones. In energy healing, the color green corresponds to the heart chakra. This is our source of compassion towards ourselves and others, & encourages us to let go of negative experiences that may be holding us back. We know from research that daily, chronic stress causes a buildup of cortisol hormones in the body — & that this leads to inflammation, dull skin, & breakouts. Why not use the same healing benefits of jade on your face for harmony that you notice inside & out?
HOW IT WORKS
Start with clean skin. Rolling also helps your usual moisturizers & serums sink into deeper into the skin. I like to use my jade roller after I shower — the cool stone feels so good on flushed skin. For that same reason, rolling in the morning can shrink blood vessels to reduce the appearance of puffiness or dark circles.
How you roll is completely up to you, but you should start from the center of the face & move outwards. Only roll in one direction; don’t go back-and-forth with the roller across your face. Make one continuous motion each time, & switch up the amount of pressure you apply to give your face a happy, quick massage. I use the large end of the roller along my cheekbones and neck, & the shorter stone I roll over my eyelids & temples.
Give yourself a few minutes a day to devote to jade rolling. If nothing else, it’s a good way to relax & center your thoughts after a crazy day by focusing only on yourself & the sensations you’re feeling at the moment.
OK… BUT DOES IT REALLY WORK?
Tbh, I asked myself this too. While I wouldn’t say that jade rolling is a cure-all for underlying skin problems, I do enjoy using my roller & I’d recommend it to others. Dermatologists agree that it can serve as a quick-fix for early-morning puffiness (by stimulating lymphatic drainage beneath the surface of the skin) — & for $25, I think the jade roller is a worthy investment if it means giving myself a little extra glow in the mirror. Plus, it looks really cute next to my other beauty products on the counter. 😉
Have you ever tried jade rolling?
Are you as OBSESSED with holistic wellness & healing as I am?
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