Alternative Beauty: Jade Rolling

Jade Rolling is a practice that has been used by empresses and members of high society in China since the 17th Century. More recently Americans have caught a glimpse of this alternative beauty practice and are saying great things about the health benefits the simple stone has to offer. According to traditional Chinese Medicine, Jade is known to affect the flow of “life energy,” known as Qi, bringing harmony and energy to the body.

Roll with it

The lymphatic system, located underneath the skin, acts as a central pump controlling the body’s ability to eliminate toxins. A jade roller is designed similarly to a paint roller, with a larger stone for cheeks, jaw and forehead and a smaller stone for under the eyes. The rolling, massaging notion is supposed to increase circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system and lymphatic drainage in the face. It helps the stagnant fluid move away from the areas around the eyes.


Jade rolling has been known to help many different things.  These include stimulating collagen production, increase well being, reducing stress, reducing cell turnover time, minimizing enlarged pores, relieving head tension, firming skin, improving elasticity, increasing oxygen to the blood stream, and promoting lymphatic drainage. It even has been shown to reduce eye-puffiness, minimizing blemishes, brighten complexion and releasing sinus congestion. It’s a great alternative to chemical-filled facial creams that may promote the same benefits, while also being extremely sustainable and natural.

How to

Jade Rollers are becoming available at some drug and beauty-retail stores, ranging from $6.99-$60.00. It is recommended to use the roller on a clean face, making sure to roll in a downward motion to make sure that all the energy and movement can drain down in to the neck and lymphatic ducts. You don’t want to drag or pull on the skin, rather use a gentle, sweeping motion. Experts explain how you should notice an instant flush, which is known to revitalize the complexion.

While jade rolling is not going to help prevent aging or be the “cure-all” to the toxin build-up in the body, it can be a beneficial, sustainable addition to your overall wellness regimen.

Written by GUADS intern Lindsey with contributions from

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