The Best Jade Roller – Four ELLE Editors Weigh In
Jade rollers date back to ancient China and have been used for centuries to bring positive chi and muscle relaxation to the face, but they have only become popular in recent years.
According to Dubai-based doctor Lamees Hamdan, founder and CEO of beauty brand Shiffa, the jade roller “is a very simple tool, a roller attached to a handle and made out of jade.”
The jade roller can be used as a lymphatic massage on the face, neck, and eyes, as a simple way to de-puff the skin.
Leila Carter, founder of Jade Roller Beauty, explains, “The lymphatic system is a network that picks up fluids and waste from the spaces between the cells and then filters and cleans them, so it helps rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials.”
She adds that since “70 percent of lymphatic vessels are located just below the skin,” massaging helps the face move “the excess fluids, which cause the puffiness.”
Jade rollers also relieve tension in the face and jaw and improve blood circulation.
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They’re also simple to use: Start in the middle of the face, moving outwards across the cheek, then onto the eyebrows, rolling upwards across the forehead, and moving below the lower lip downward across the chin. The smaller ends of the tool can be used for more delicate and hard-to-reach areas.
Four editors tried jade rolling for a week to weigh in on the results:
1. Shiffa Jade Roller
Mia Fietel, ELLE.com Associate Art Director, became a fan after her skin “felt brighter, smoother, and dewier after continued use.”
She added that the jade roller was “like the deeply relaxing, no mess, slightly progressive, cousin of the face mask.”
2. Herbivore Jade Facial Roller
ELLE.com Social Video Producer Alysha Webb stated how the jade roller immediately de-puffed her under-eye area whenever she woke up looking puffy or with unflattering eye bags. She added that the tool made her “look less… miserable” and that it definitely “comes in handy after late nights.”
3. Jade Roller Beauty Roller
Emily Tannenbaum, ELLE.com Entertainment and Social Editor, said that the roller “woke up” her skin and made her face look better. While she wasn’t sure if it was because of the roller, or because she began paying more attention to her daily skincare routine.
She said “it was fun to do, my face felt great to the touch after each roll, and my makeup seemed to apply easier, as well.”
4. Mount Lai Jade Roller
ELLE.com Photo Editor Mariel Tyler has “always been a skeptic” but is now converted after noticing “a more even skin tone and texture” in just a few weeks.
She said it was “the sort of self-care step my almost-thirty self needs to take.”