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The Medical Benefits and Myths Behind Jade Rollers

Wellness Feature

Written by Samantha Lund

Jade rollers are having a limelight moment, but these tools have been a staple of beauty routines since seventh-century china. essentially, they’re handheld face massagers made of green jade or pink quartz that promise users a more youthful, healthful glow.

Most jade rollers, have two ends—one with a larger roller and the other smaller, meant to target different lines across your face.

With their popularity skyrocketing, a simple online search brings up hundreds of benefits to jade rolling. Some sounded a bit too good to be true, so we dug a little deeper to decipher the actual medicinal benefits versus myths.

Medical Benefits

1. Increases circulation: Most dermatological studies agree that jade rolling increases circulation across your face, similar to the result you can get from exercising.

2. Eases puffiness: Jade rolling increases lymphatic drainage because you’re rolling toward your lymph nodes (to your ears), draining stagnant lymph.

3. Smooths wrinkles: Lymph reduction also aids in wrinkle reduction, similar to puffiness.

4. Reduces jaw and brow tension: Much like a facial massage, jade rollers can stimulate the muscles in both your jaw and brow. If done correctly, it can reduce tension in both.

Medical Myths

1. Encourages collagen production: Jade rolling stimulates blood flow, but will not affect the natural collagen production in your face.

2. Treats acne: There’s no medical reason that a jade roller will prevent or treat acne.

3. Increases penetration of skin-care products: Jade rolling does not stimulate your skin’s pores to open or close.

How to use a Jade Roller

Want to try? Be sure to roll in the correct direction with medium pressure.

1. Start with a fresh, clean face.

2. Apply a few drops of moisturizer or serum to your face.

3. Roll it out, working along your natural face shape (don’t press too hard) and toward your ears.

Cheeks: Roll from your chin to each ear.

Forehead: Move upward from your eyebrows and around the temples in a c motion.

Brows: Roll from the inner eye to the outside of your eyebrows.

Jaw: Using the small end of the roller, press hard starting on the joint and moving down. 


The local boutique Herbivore carries jade rollers. Visit for more information.


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