An ancient Chinese skin-care tool seems to have the millennial generation smitten. From Instagram moms to YouTube divas, one of the hottest trends at the intersection of beauty and wellness right now is the gemstone roller, a hip new East meets West gadget.
A mini paint roller–type tool that’s made from jade or other gemstones like quartz, these trendy rollers are said to decrease puffiness and under eye circles and even minimize fine lines. Famed for their use in 17th century imperial China, these sparkly crystal babies are hot once more.
A gemstone roller for your face (Honey Belle)
To use one, you apply gentle pressure while rolling the tool away from the center of your face in upward and outward motions. Use the little end for your eyes and the bigger end for your cheeks. Chilling the roller in the fridge or using it to apply oils and serums are also popular options. This gentle face massage is supposed to increase circulation and lymphatic drainage in your face. Certainly the cooling sensation of the stone against your skin is a real perk.
“Whenever there’s stagnant circulation or swelling at all in the face, massage can help that lymph fluid drain into the [proper] channels and away from around your eyes and certain areas where it tends to settle,” Dr. Jennifer Chwalek, M.D., a New York dermatologist told Huffpo.
If you sometimes wake up looking like a marshmallow, because you partied too hard or have bad allergies, this might be cause for celebration.
“Puffiness in your face when you wake up from sleeping, for example, is from pooled lymphatic fluid,” Purvisha Patel, M.D., founder of Visha Skincare, who practices dermatology in Tennessee and Mississippi told Women’s Health.
Other medical experts caution that while rolling may well be relaxing and soothing, which are benefits on their own, it may take quite a while of proper use to actually see any visible changes.
There are scads of models out there right now, including one that costs less than $4 on Amazon and the quartz beauties at Honey Belle, which range from $28-$34. Super fancy high end rollers can set you back as much as $70.
Remember, this is no quick fix. In fact, you need to do it for 20 minutes a more to see results, experts say. And you need to pay attention to your jade rolling technique. Always glide upwards and not down.
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle