By: Chloe Kekedjian
Pictures by: May Tan
If you’re constantly torn between your skincare junkie habits and skeptical tendencies, you may have found yourself resisting the urge to succumb to the recent jade roller trend. Thirty Seventh is here to help you make up your mind with an explanation of the product’s recent rise in popularity in the world of Western beauty. Jade rollers are by no means a new thing, but might be newly on your radar, with many beauty brands extolling their brightening and anti-aging benefits. They originated in China, where they have been used since the 17th century. More recently they have become popular among natural and holistic brands, eventually making their way into mainstream Western retailers like Sephora and Ulta.
Like most beauty tools or products, there are lots of claims about what jade rollers can accomplish for you: from curing acne to increasing cell turnover to sculpting your face shape. While we’re not dermatologists or even experts on skincare (as much as we think we are), there are some benefits to jade rollers.
First, using a jade roller with oil or moisturizer is helpful for rubbing in the product. This is especially the case if you usually rush your skincare routine and don’t take the time to let things properly absorb, which a lot of us are guilty of. Plus if you take proper care of your jade roller, it’s likely a lot cleaner than your fingers.
Additionally, minerals are particularly good at staying cool and rubbing something cold on your face can constrict the blood vessels, decreasing swelling and redness. This effect can be enhanced by putting your jade roller or beauty products in the fridge.
Finally, using a jade roller to massage your face can be relaxing, which can help to alleviate stress. We know too well what horrors stress can do to your skin. Plus, it’s probably not the worst thing to take some time in the morning or at night to relax and just focus on taking care of yourself.
Like most beauty trends, jade rollers aren’t a miracle cure, but they definitely do have some benefits. Such benefits can be achieved without the jade roller, but with their widespread popularity and pretty aesthetic, they’re likely here to stay.