I'm a sucker for a convoluted Sunday facial regimen. I mean, what's the point in this supposed "day of rest" if you can't slap on multiple serums and undergo an intense facial-massage routine? Over the years, I've developed a pretty foolproof regimen: I know exactly what, where and when to apply my products to get glowy skin by the time the Antiques Roadshow opening theme tune starts playing. So when Yu Ling Jade Facial Roller (£18) wheeled its way into my life (and bathroom cabinet), I have to admit, I scoffed. Pfft—what difference can a little stone roller really make to the skincare routine I've so carefully crafted? I asked myself. The answer, as it turns out, is a hell of a lot.
If you're not au fait with jade rolling, what you're looking at isn't some fancy paint roller. And yes, it does incorporate a little bit of crystal therapy (jade is believed to be a healing and protective stone), but it actually has some pretty impressive skin benefits, too.
It's quite like a facial massage, except this tube of jade does all the work for you. All you have to do is roll the stone across the face in upwards and outwards motions. For starters, jade has a naturally cool temperature, which means it works wonders on puffy eyes. I keep mine bedside and gently roll those bags under my eyes into oblivion.
In fact, NYC skincare guru Ling Chan told Byrdie U.S. that jade rollers increase blood circulation, assist lymphatic drainage and diminish the appearance of fine lines. The rolling motion eliminates toxins building up in the skin, which makes it pretty good at leaving skin brighter too.
It's also pretty good at pummeling out any knots in our facial muscles. "Our facial muscles store a lot of tension, which can cause wrinkles and fine lines, especially around the forehead and eyes," notes Chang.
For me, I love to use my roller to really massage in my face oil—at the minute I'm using and loving Votary Super Seed Face Oil (£70)—which helps it sink in and leaves me approximately 3654 times as glowy as without it.
I've also found it's great at relieving tension headaches, and although I haven't had a cold to test it out on, it also claims to be brilliant at clearing the sinuses. Just rock over the sinus area and then roll away to clear blockages.
All in all, the jade roller has had such a profound effect on my skin, I just simply couldn't be without it.
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