I jade rolled my face and neck every day for a week to see if it really does what it claims to do.
Claim: Jade rolling lends definition to the cheekbones and jawline.
Verdict: While it’s (sadly) impossible for a jade roller to slim your face, they do a pretty decent job of contouring and sculpting, especially with daily use. After a couple days, my round cheeks were a little more defined, but there was no noticeable difference on my jawline.
Claim: Skin has a healthy glow after jade rolling.
Verdict: Jade rolling increases blood flow, which can result in plumped, firmed, and glowing skin. This was definitely something I noticed from day one. My skin had a healthy, rosy glow, like I’d been running hand-in-hand with a handsome-yet-dangerous faerie king through his enchanted forest instead of waking up late and staring at my phone for an hour.
Claim: Rolling decreases redness and puffiness.
Verdict: Puffiness isn’t a problem for me, but a lot of people rave about jade rolling to defeat morning puffiness. Improved circulation and lymphatic drainage helps ease swelling, so it stands to reason that jade rolling would be great for this purpose.
Try putting your roller in the fridge or freezer overnight for a little extra oomph to get rid of swelling in the AM.
Claim: Jade rolling provides a gentle facial massage that relieves tension and relaxes facial muscles.
Verdict: The divine sensation I got the first time I used my roller could rival the pleasurable tingles I get from my favorite ASMR video. The jade roller eases the tension I have in my jaw from anxiously clenching my teeth all day like I’m driving 245 kph on the Autobahn. And a few strokes over my cheeks does wonders for relaxing my other overworked facial muscles.
Faster product absorption
Claim: Jade rollers help deliver product deeper into your skin, aiding quicker absorption.
Verdict: Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this to work, but it did. I have one serum in particular that takes forever to absorb, but it smells really good so I keep using it.
I dolloped the usual amount on my face after cleansing, rolled my heart out for five minutes, and let me tell you –– instead of looking like a greasy mess for an hour, the serum absorbed super quickly and left me with a subtle, dewy glow. Jade rolling is also great for moving face masks deeper into your skin.
Claim: Jade rollers move stagnant lymph fluid and flush toxins that accumulate underneath facial tissue.
Verdict: Manual lymph drainage is a real thing, and there’s science to back it up. While it’s hard to say if all my jade rolling succeeded in kicking my lymph fluid into gear, my face certainly feels less stuffy and more awake than it did pre-jade roller.