Do Jade Rollers Work? The Truth About This Skincare Tool

Find out about the real ways that facial massage can improve your skin and how a jade roller can help.

Jill Nystul • May 8, 2022

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

One of the best purchases I made on Prime Day last year was a jade roller. These trendy tools are everywhere in the beauty world right now, and I was curious to find out if they lived up to the hype (especially because I had heard they worked wonders on aging skin!)

I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much I like it! So today I wanted to give you the scoop about jade rollers, including what they are, the benefits they offer, and how to use them.

Oh, and by the way… if you’re interested in learning more useful beauty and skincare tips for aging skin, I highly encourage you to check out my eBook Aging Gracefully! You can buy it in my shop, or get it for free if you’re an OGT Plus member!

What Is A Jade Roller?

A jade roller is a tool used for facial massage. They usually have a larger stone on one end to use on your cheeks, jaw, and forehead, and a smaller stone on the other end to use around your eyes and mouth.

Why jade? The practice of jade rolling originated in 7th century China, in part because jade was believed to promote balance, peace, and healing. And while jade is traditional choice of stone for facial rollers, you can also find rollers with quartz, rose quartz, amethyst, and other types of gemstones.

But the real benefits of using a jade roller are less about the properties of gemstones and more about the physical act of facial massage. There are plenty of benefits associated with facial massage that you can enjoy from using a jade roller.

3 Benefits Of Jade Rollers & Facial Massage

1. Tightens And Tones

Proponents of facial massage say that it can help tighten and tone your skin by increasing your skin’s natural elasticity. Increasing your skin’s elasticity can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles too.

2. Brightens

Another benefit of facial massage is that it helps boost circulation, blood flow, and lymphatic drainage beneath your skin. Better circulation and drainage means brighter, more youthful skin!

3. Reduces Inflammation

Gemstones like jade feel cool to the touch, and that cooling effect can do wonders for reducing inflammation under your eyes. When used regularly, a jade roller can help fight dark circles under your eyes and general puffiness.

How To Use A Jade Roller

Follow the instructions in the order they are listed, using light pressure on your roller. Repeat each motion 3-10 times, depending on how much time you have.

Step 1 – Clavicle

Starting at your collar bone along the midline of your body, roll downward and work your way out. Then repeat, rolling up from your collar bone instead of down.

Step 2 – Neck & Jawline

Roll under your chin toward your collar bone, working outward to the sides of your neck. Then, starting at the center of your chin, roll up toward your lips and cheeks moving outward.

Step 3 – Nose, Lips, & Chin

Roll from your nose out to your ear on both sides of your face. Continue rolling your upper lip, lower lip, and chin, all while working outward from the center line of your face.

Step 4 – Forehead

Roll along your forehead from the center of your face out toward your temples.

Step 5 – Eyes

Use the small end of your roller to gently massage from the corner of your eye out toward your ear, both above and below your eye. That’s all there is to it!

Finally, I’ll leave you with a few bonus tips that will help you make the most of your jade roller and your facial massage!

5 Bonus Tips For Using A Jade Roller

Tip #1: Be Gentle

You don’t have to put very much pressure on the roller. Using too much pressure can irritate your skin, so make sure to be gentle!

Tip #2: Refrigerate Your Roller

Pop your roller tool in the fridge before doing your facial massage for an even greater cooling effect! It feels extremely soothing on puffy or hot skin.

Tip #3: Use After Product

Some people choose to use their jade roller after applying a moisturizer to help it absorb better. I use my jade roller after treating my skin with my Ideal Daily Moisturizer. It’s soothing, hydrating, and feels great on my skin!

Tip #4: Keep It Clean

It’s extremely important to keep any facial tool clean, and jade rollers are no exception! Wipe it off with a damp microfiber cloth after each use, and wash in warm, soapy water once a week. Make sure to dry it thoroughly too!

Tip #5: Use For Relaxation

Facial massage with a jade roller can be a great tool for relaxation, soothing away stress and even helping to relieve headaches! Try using your roller when you’re feeling stressed as a way to re-center yourself.