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You won’t be the first to notice the increasing presence of facial rollers in your Instagram feed these days. From rose quartz to jade to even amethyst, these hand-held firming and massaging tools are becoming more and more popular for all the good things they claim to do to your skin. It is said that jade facial rollers were used in China as far back as the 17th century, to massage the skin and ‘remove toxins’, smoothen fine lines, remove dark circles, firm, calm inflammation, brighten, and create an overall feeling of happiness and contentment.

What exactly are facial rollers?

Dr Mohan Thomas, senior cosmetic surgeon, Cosmetic Surgery Institute, Mumbai says, that jade rollers are small rollers made of jade stone used for massages. “These have been used for some centuries by the Chinese as part of beauty treatments, and claim to have benefits like removing fine lines, stimulating collagen, and depuffing.” They also can increase blood circulation, which means, you get smooth skin with that natural flush, like you just got a facial. And let’s not forget the increase in lymphatic drainage in the face, which can reduce swelling.

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What does a face roller do?

“It helps rejuvenate your skin and lets skincare serums penetrate deeper for higher efficacy and better results. The benefits would depend on the products you are using along with your roller, so try opting for an antioxidant and vitamin-rich serum, or a mask to help with brightening and boosting your collagen,” says Dr Harshna Bijlani, Medical Head of The AgeLess Clinic & Celebrity Skin Expert. It also helps you relax, releases stress, and is known to give you a good night’s sleep.

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How does one massage with a roller?

It’s all about the way the massaging action works as it stimulates increased blood flow, which means, clearer, firmer skin and a subtle glow. The movements open up the pores, and the serums and creams seep in, making sure they are absorbed quickly and easily.

How does one begin?

Just apply a few drops of moisturiser, serum, or oil to your face and roll the roller up and down until the creams are absorbed. Always use them in a gentle, upward motion. For better benefits, just keep a jade roller in the fridge and just before you head out to an event, roll it on your face for five minutes. You can even use it to firm the skin and help absorb the product by massaging the roller on top of your sheet mask. 

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What are these colours and stones – some rollers are pink, some purple. How does that work?

Different stones are used for different purposes to add to the additional healing or relaxing properties. Rose quartz goes right to the heart and tackles the emotional side of you. It also detoxifies and fights signs of aging. Clear quartz promotes well-being and healthy skin; and amethyst fights daily stress and calms inflammation. Jade, the most common, calms inflammation and improve elasticity.

Where can I buy jade rollers?

There are international labels like Herbivore, Yu Ling, White Lotus, and Mount Lai, which are very popular, and can be shipped by Cult Beauty and Sephora USA. One can also buy great jade rollers from Indian brands like Nykaa, Face Rituals, House of Beauty, Dromen & Co, Glamaroma, Bronson, Skin & Rituals and Nui. Even Korean rollers like Jardin are a great option.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.