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Bring the pricey facials home and roll your way into a brighter complexion! You may have heard of jade rollers or maybe even a gua sha from the growing popularity. Jade rollers are legitimate facial tools that have their roots in traditional Chinese medicine.

According to Debra Krueger, “The gemstone was used to draw out negative energy and balance ‘chi,’ which is also known as ‘life force’ or ‘energy’ in traditional Chinese medicine.”

Jade rollers are used to reduce puffiness in the face and help with blood circulation. The tool is supposed to be cool even when it comes into contact with the face. This coolness helps brighten the complexion, stimulate lymphatic drainage and promote blood circulation. It is also used by some people to tone their faces out and reduce lines or wrinkles.

For it to be an effective at-home treatment you must follow some rules for it to be more useful. You should start from the neck using the large oval side to move up and down your neck from right to left or whichever side you want to start from.

Still using the large oval side, move to the jawline, and start at the center of your chin. Work from the middle of the chin across and towards your earlobe. Do five to six passes on each area as you work up the face and repeat it on the other side.

Use the larger oval side to move to the forehead, start from the center of your forehead to your temples doing five to seven passes and repeat on both sides.

Using the smaller end with medium pressure, gently roll from the inner corner towards the outer corner, up towards the brow bone. Make sure to get to the undereye area and crow’s feet. Roll back and forth about 10 times. Repeat on the other side.

It is important to note jade rollers may not be suitable for all skin types, so do your research. It is not recommended for people with acne, skin rashes or cold sores.

Make sure you wash the jade rollers with mild soap in between uses to avoid spreading bacteria. This tool is usually pricier but there are sites that recommend the cheapest options and give a bit more advice on how to use it.

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