What is Jade?
Pictured: A deep green jade 'egg'
Why the recent surge in popularity?
Video: From the Qing dynasty to Revlon's Instagram, a jade face roller is still all the rage.
The renewed interest in 'beauty science', the search for effective facial treatment and our desire to be better at elements of self-care are all factors that have lead to our obsessing with procedures like microdermabrasion, "vampire facials" and crystal rolling. In particular, western society is looking increasingly to the east for anti-aging solutions and how to get rid of acne scars. Hey, if people have been using jade rollers since the 17th century, then they must be good for something!
Video: Popular YouTuber Safyia Nygaard swaps out her usual skincare routine for a 10-step Korean skincare regime in the search for visible results.
How To Use A Jade Roller
Video: Here we can see how the larger end works best for your cheeks and forehead, whilst the smaller end works to massage your delicate under-eye area and brow bone.
How does it work?
The common idea behind every crystal roller is that the massaging effect will help to drain lymphatic fluid from the skin. Our heart pumps our blood around the body at a regular tempo, keeping our circulation humming along. But lymphatic system fluid flows slowly in comparison and can be helped along manually via massage. This is the system that contains white blood cells which fight to protect our bodies from germs and disease, and with up to 300 lymph nodes in our face and neck - that whole area is worthy of a good massage!
There has no been any extensive scientific research into the effectiveness of crystal rollers, let alone jade. Claims that rolling can boost collagen are most likely exaggerated. But benefits we can certainly list include:
- improved skin tone and elasticity of the skin
- reduction of puffiness and wrinkles
- promotion of lymphatic drainage
- tightening pores due to the cold temperature of the jade
- revitalised complexion due to increased blood circulation
- a 'brighter' appearance.
Also, on the most basic level spending time giving yourself a facial massage is just a nice way to relax and wind down.
Where To Buy Your Jade Roller
We've found 8 of the best jade roller brands in Australia and compared them so that you don't have to.
8. Nutrimetics Rollers
Why we love it: Nutrimetics have been bringing us beauty for over 50 years, so they are definitely one of Australia's most trusted direct selling brands.
Pros and Cons: It's kind of a big con, but at the time of publication Nutrimetics were clean out of jade rollers. The pro to take away from this though is if customers weren't so happy with them, they wouldn't be buying them.
Video: The Nutrimetics Jade Roller in action
7. Yu Ling Rollers
Price: Approximately $48.50 AUD before shipping.
Why we love them: The Yu Ling rollers are made from hand-carved Xiujan jade. because nothing but the best should touch your face.
Pros and Cons: Yu Ling rollers ship from overseas, but websites like Cult Beauty tend to provide you with free shipping once you reach a certain spend. You also have a choice of rose-quartz or whether you would prefer a double or single ended roller.
Reviews: One happy 5-star reviewer on Cult Beauty said
"My favourite beauty tool! I keep it in the fridge and use it every day. The small roller is wonderful on the delicate under eye area"
Video: Beauty blogger Norah Wan uses her Yu Ling roller to massage products evenly into her skin, as well as to boost circulation
6. White Lotus Rollers
Price: There is currently a discount! $25.00 down from $36.00
Why we love it: White Lotus is founded by a husband and wife team and they created the brand from their cosmetic acupuncture clinic in Australia. We love a home-grown success story.
Pros and Cons: Um, check the beautiful silk lined box it comes in? We can't believe this is currently on discount. We love how sturdy the handle is, and it comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Video: Both the White Lotus Jade and Rose-Quartz Crystal Rollers get a work out
5. Skin Gym Facial Rollers
Price: $32 US
Why we love it: Brain-child of CEO Karina Sulzer, and loved by celebrities like Olivia Wilde, the Skin Gym brand is there for the woman who is looking for a natural face lift solution.
Pros and Cons: At $32 US before shipping, Skin Gym certainly isn't cheap. However, their rollers are double-ended and Skin Gym as a whole are a cruelty free brand.
Review: One satisfied user wrote on Instagram:
"This @skingymco Jade Roller is so nice - I really did my research and I’m honestly very pleased. I use it almost everyday and I believe in it’s crystal healing powers and the more physical improvements I’ve made. It really helps circulation and redness. I LOVE IT”
Video: This isn't a Jade Roller Before and After shot, but this Rose Quartz Before And After shot illustrates the benefits of facial massage.
4. SALT by Hendrix
Price: $33.95 via Adore Beauty. After Pay is available.
Why we love it: SALT by Hendrix is a beautifully curated Australian brand based in Sydney. Not only are they plant based, but they can cater to your wholesale needs as well.
Pros and Cons: Again, this is a roller that doesn't come cheap, but it's great to see Adore Beauty offering After Pay options.
Reviews: This jade roller has 23 reviews and a 4.3 average rating. One happy customer said:
"I have this roller in the rose quartz, and couldn't resist this one [the jade roller]. I enjoy rolling in the oils and it makes you spend a bit more time on the process rather than applying and moving onto the next application."
Pictured below: The branding on the handle is a nice final touch
3. I Am Natural Store Jade Rollers
Why we love it: I Am Natural Store (or IANS) marries the luxurious and the organic. The brands showcased on the online store have to meet a strict criteria. They must excel in their genre, they must be ethically produced, they must deliver outstanding results, and they must be certified organic or use 100% natural ingredients. So you know you're choosing from the creme de la creme when you browse IANS.
Pros and Cons: There is free delivery to Australia on orders over $100.
2. Herbivore Botanicals Jade Roller
Price: $43.19 AUD
Why we love it: Every ingredient in Herbivore Botanicals products is an “active” ingredient, that means there's no junk filler in between. Formulas are tested on people, not animals, and there is emphasis on ethically sourcing.
Pros and Cons: An interesting 'con' was that a while back, the company's jade rollers weren't up to scratch. Customers indicated that the durability of the products wasn't meeting expectations and Herbivore Botanicals listened to this constructive criticism. They went back to the drawing board, and the new jade rollers are better than ever!
Pictured below: We aspire to be Christina Grasso's level of relaxed as she uses her Herbivore Botanicals jade roller mid-flight.
Price: At the time of publication, the price had been discounted from $69.99 to $45.97
Why we love it: This is Australia's number one seller for jade rollers. Based in South Australia, the company specialises in rollers and gua sha and is damn good at what it does.
Pros and Cons: Zudoya is Australia's industry leader, so we don't know what more we can say - this is as good as it gets people! Did we mention the rollers come with freezer bags?
Reviews: The product has 60 reviews and an average 5 star rating on the Zudoya website. One reviewer said:
"I’ve added a new step into my skincare routine and that is the Zudoya Jade Facial Roller! Jade is a cooling stone so it’s great to reduce puffiness and is soothing to the skin! I’ve also been loving this as it really helps my serums to sink deep into my skin so I get the most out of it! There are so many benefits to this facial roller, it eliminates toxins in the skin as it promotes lymphatic drainage and so on!"