Jade Rolling - Chinese Beauty Practice

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The practise I now credit for plumping my lips and helping with my under-eye bags. Ling Chan, a NYC skincare guru and celebrity facialist swears by jade tools to brighten the complexion, chase away fine lines, and even give your mood a boost. I was smitten by the idea of rolling a beautiful gemstone on my face so I gave it a try and now it has become my nightly ritual. 

Centuries-long, "Using the power of jade to draw out negative chi has been considered a long-guarded treasure by Chinese royalties" says Chan. Apart from the more spiritual act of dispelling bad energy, jade rolling has many practical uses as a form of facial massage.

In the realm of crystal healing, jade is associated with protecting against negative energy and balancing your chi (or qi), your body's energetic life force. According to Chinese medicine, any number of physical and mental symptoms from anxiety to fatigue to actual pain can indicate that your chi is out of whack. Practices like acupuncture and jade rolling can help remedy this, as do general self-care practices like eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep. 

But even if that kind of spirituality isn't your cup of tea, you can still see many physical benefits from jade rolling. By moving the stone across your facial muscles in an upwards motion, says Chan, "you increase blood circulation, assist lymphatic drainage, and diminish the apperance of fine lines." Like with other methods of facial massage, it even helps your products penetrate deeper into your skin.

While I love the instant relaxed effect jade rolling has on my facial muscles, my addiction lies in just how soothing it is to place the cool stone on my face. Chan explains, "Our facial muscles store a lot of tension, this tension can cause wrinkles and fine lines, especially around our forehead and eyes." So you're not just immediately giving your skin a boost but also preventing wrinkles down the line.

It's so simple! After applying your favorite serum or moisturizer, "roll the jade roller in an upward motion, working from your neck toward the forehead," says Chan. Skin cells are shaped like overlapping roof shingles on your face, which is why they'll absorb more of the product when using an upwards motion. You can use your jade roller whenever you'd like but I prefer to use it at night to relax my facial muscles.

This is where I got my jade roller from. Here