The Ying Yu Jade Roller is my new favourite beauty accessory.
The Chinese have been using jade for centuries to massage the skin, lymph channels, and muscles. Used frequently, a jade roller is meant to tone the skin, and give facial muscles a ‘work-out’. Dark under eye circles are reduced, and toxins are removed more efficiently.
Lymph nodes serve as cleaning filters – poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, headaches, shallow breathing and pollution will slow the drainage of lymph and flow of blood. Waste and toxins build up as the lymph system slows down while we sleep.
The roller stimulates lymphatic drainage – ideal for anyone who suffers with puffiness or congestion on the face.
The jade stone is naturally cold – and I haven’t done this as yet– but using it after it has been in the fridge is highly recommended.
I suffer with congestion from time to time across my chin – I am constantly being told – and am constantly telling myself – that this is related to hormones or stress. I wondered if the jade roller could make a difference for me in terms of clearing that congestion. Toxins build up and gather in the chin and jaw region, and the rolling action around these areas help to remove those toxins more efficiently.
A recent dry blood test showed that my lymphatic system is sluggish. The majority of people apparently do have a sluggish lymphatic system. A body brush is a great way to help this – every morning before bath or shower – but in terms of the face, I’m hoping that the jade roller is going to get my lymphatic system moving efficiently.
The jade roller is helpful for headaches, hangovers, and sinus problems – both for painful sinus’ and sinus congestion. I have had congested sinus’ for as long as I can remember. My father has the same issue, he may well be receiving the jade roller as a Christmas gift!
Paolo Lai, who I have regular reflexology with, uses these jade rollers in his facial lifting massage.
If you aren’t used to facial massage, you may experience tenderness when using a roller, this is completely normal, as is redness – which shows that it is working – but always be gentle. It doesn’t hurt me in the slightest, I could use it for hours! I do however, feel a little tenderness along my sinus’.
As demonstrated in the video, outwards and upwards is the best way to work the roller across the face and neck, in terms of removing toxins and fluid from the face. Outwards from the nose, upwards on the neck, and outwards from the chin along the jaw line.
I have been the using the roller with a face oil, it is absolutely fine to use a roller on clean and dry skin. Paolo uses rosehip oil in his facial massage, and I have been using an Eve Taylor Face Oil.
Use once a day, twice a day – whatever works best for you.
I would recommend the medium roller. The other options are, double ended (as shown below), and small. Apparently the bigger the better in terms of a roller, to get the blood flowing.
If hungover, or feeling tender, run the roller up and down the back of the neck immediately after removing it from the fridge.
To buy -
Ying Yu Roller £28.00 for the medium roller - www.cultbeauty.co.uk/yingyujade
Eve Taylor Face Oils £11.29 for 30ml – www.tenderlovingskincare.co.uk/evetayloroil (use the code ‘blusher’ at checkout for 10% discount)
Elemis Body Brush £13.80 free worldwide delivery (usually £18.40) – www.lookfantastic.com/elemisbodybrush
And a tune to listen to whilst you roll - Picture Me Rollin – 2Pac