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Jade Roller Benefits 101: Does Rolling Actually Work?

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyNov 27, 2018 | 44 comments

Marne and Anna are My Subscription Addiction reviewers who’ve tried their fair share of beauty, lifestyle, and fashion products in subscription boxes over the years. Find their reviews and many more right here!

Greetings from Pittsburgh, readers! Sure, it’s gray and cloudy here, but thanks to our new🌟🌈✨JADE ROLLERS✨🌈🌟, Marne and I have been feeling like SoCal wellness goddesses.

We got our rollers from FabFitFun’s Winter box, which is $10 off with our code, MSA10, and CAUSEBOX’s winter box, which is $15 off through Cyber Week with code CYBERWEEK. (Props to CAUSEBOX for that easy-to-remember code!)

It’s easy to give jade rollers the side eye, especially if you’re not a fan of the Goop-ier, “wellness” side of the beauty business. We totally get it. But trust us when we say that they really did add some extra luxury to our skincare routines! We’ll give you the 411 on what people say jade rollers do, what they actually do, in our experience, and how to use them. 

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Jade Roller ideas

What is a jade roller, anyway?

Jade rollers are little skincare tools made from real stone. While Instagram might make you think otherwise, the Chinese practice of jade rolling has been around since the 7th century, according to Vogue. Jade rollers typically have a “head” at both ends—one wide head and one narrower one—and a handle connecting the two. Each head is essentially a big bead on a metal spoke (kind of like a smooth crystal push mower), letting you gently roll the bead across your skin.

Oh! One big FYI that we didn’t expect—the metal spoke can be very squeaky. Dropping a little oil (just some face oil) down the hole in the bead helps a bit, but be prepared!

As the name suggests, they’re traditionally made from jade, but we’ve also seen versions made from rose quartz and even amethyst. Each material supposedly serves a slightly different purpose, but you’ll catch no shade from us if you pick yours based on color alone. In fact, as rolling newbies, the difference between say, a jade and a rose quartz roller is pretty imperceptible.

Jade Roller test

What does jade rolling actually do?

After copious internet research, here are some of the most popular claims about the benefits of jade rolling:

  • Reduces inflammation and puffiness
  • Calms problem skin
  • Slims and even contours the face
  • Increases circulation
  • Stress relief
  • Helps skin absorb product more easily

Sounds great, right? But according to the Cut, some of those claims may be more legit than others. Massaging and relaxing? Oh yes. Inflammation-reducing? Maybe. And apparently, the product absorption bit is also a bit of a stretch.

But that’s not to say that a jade roller isn’t worth it. In fact, we’ve been loving our new jade rollers. We may not be able to roll away our problems or sculpt them, Play-Doh-like, into de-puffed perfection, but we’re already big fans of the benefits these tools do provide.

Let’s walk through how we’ve been using them, and then we’ll give you our full review.

Jade Roller how to

How do you use a jade roller?

  1. Clean your jade roller! Since this thing is going to be up close and personal with your skin, you owe it to yourself to take a few moments to wash your new roller with soapy, warm water. Do the same thing once you’re done using it, so that bacteria and other yucky stuff doesn’t linger on the stone (and end up on your skin later).
  2. Prep your skin. The best time to use a jade roller is as part of your skincare routine. We like using ours after we’ve cleansed our skin and topped it with something nourishing, like a favorite serum or even some lotion. The main point is that you don’t want to go in dry, or you can stretch your skin and stress it out more. Even just a little vitamin E oil will go a long way.
  3. Roll up and out. The most legit benefit of jade rolling is the lymphatic drainage it provides. Lymphatic drainage is basically your body’s natural cleaning system, and massage can help it along. The Cut has a great tutorial on where the sweet spots for lymphatic massage are, but a simple rule is to roll outward from the center of your face and upward, never downward. Think of rolling up your cheekbones from your nose to your temples, or up your jawline from your chin to your ears… moves like that.
  4. Take a pic for Instagram! C’mon, you know you want to.
  5. Clean your roller again! Sorry to nag you about this, but it’s important! And once your roller is all clean, keep it in a dry, tidy place so that it stays that way.

Jade Roller instructions

Our best tips for jade rolling bliss

We’re no Gwyneth Paltrow (GP, call us, girl—let’s get matchas!), but we’ve figured out a few things that take jade rolling to the next level:

  • Store it in the fridge! The cool stone is key to de-puffing, and plus, it makes us feel like we’re getting a fancy ice facial.
  • Get it a buddy! One jade roller is more than enough. But if, say, you get rollers in a few different subscription boxes this month, you should put them both to work at once! The feeling of TWO rollers working (up and out) symmetrically over your face is *chef’s kiss*
  • Chill out! Jade rolling feels great no matter when you do it, but it’s particularly rewarding when you give yourself some time to relax into the process. Take it to the couch with you, kick on an essential oil diffuser, close your eyes, and lean into the whole spa-like self-care experience of it all.

Jade Roller advice

So, what’s our verdict on jade rollers?

That’s easy—we love ’em! Are they the miracle product we’ve all been looking for? Not necessarily. But we totally understand why jade rollers have become so darn popular. They’re relaxing, soothing, and make spreading on your facial oils and serums a lot more luxurious. Chill your roller, and it’ll help puffy skin settle down in the same way an icy eye mask or cool cucumbers calm under-eyes. Plus, hey, our jade rollers look absolutely gorgeous sitting on our vanities. It’s hard not to feel pampered when you’re using a dreamy, pastel-colored tool like this one!

Want to get your own jade roller (and SO much more)? FabFitFun is offering one in their Winter box  ($10 off with our code MSA10) as is CAUSEBOX, which is $15 off through Cyber Week with code CYBERWEEK.

What subscription box trends should Marne and I try next? Do you have any jade rolling tips of your own to share?

Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!

Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!
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The pictures alone made it worth looking at this post, but then I also learned what jade rollers are. Thanks, but mostly for the laughs!!


Those pictures are great! I have a jade roller from FFF that I bought for $10. It’s very sqeeky and I think the whole trend is rubbish. Loving the pictures and thanks for the review 🙂


Love this! I selected the jade roller from Winter FabFitFun. Not sure why I wanted it or what I’d do with it, but I really, really wanted it. This whole post makes me feel less alone in the jade-filled word. Thank you.


Love it! Thanks, ladies! So helpful.


When you mention serums & vitamin e you had me thinking. My mom (83) had a major stroke last year. The caregivers slather her with a&d ointment. When I took her to a sorority luncheon the other girls were amazed at how great her skin looked. – a&d ointment (and less sunshine).


I bet this post sparks a lot of interest on the swap site!


Did you like one more than the other? I have a rose quartz I bought last year from Herbivore. Interested to see if the jade feels different.


I absolutely loved this post.

Is there a chance you could test those Sephora sheet mask holder-on thingos, please?

Scott Hamilton Scarboro

Those pics are giving me life!! I want a jade roller for every room of my house & one for all my bags! ❤️❤️❤️ Great article.


Best post 2018!

You two are delightful AND helpful.


You two are adorable, the best, and I love this. More please!


A-mazing! *Jazz hands*

Thank you for the 101, I’d love to see more!

Melissa Baker

Thank you for the tips! *Spoiler alert for Goddess Provisions* They are sending out some sort of roller in December – I think maybe it is rose quartz? I guess I will keep it and give it a try!


I’m calling a friend over to jade roll my face. Thanks for the inspiration!


Love this! Thanks for the laughs!


This was such a great idea! You guys even included simple tips that are just “duh” like cleaning it first…that honestly I wouldn’t have thought of!!lol. Love it!


Best. Post. Ever. Thanks Marne and Anna for the great pics and tutorial!


Love the tutorial. I am going to use mine on my sinuses for those stuffy days.


This is my favorite MSA post ever! Amazing photos. I love everything about this! 🙂


Thanks for the info, y’all. More importantly, thank you for the photos! I needed that bit of levity and sass today.


Love, <3<3<3, love! Thanks, girls! 🙂


OMG Please do more posts like this, these pics made my day LOL


This just fixed all that was wrong about my Tuesday.😂


Love this post so much!! I’ve been sleeping on using my roller, but I’m totally dusting it off tonight!


Omg these photos are soooooo good!


Before this post, I was kind of bummed that I was getting a jade roller in my FFF box AND my CauseBox. Now, I can’t wait! Thank you for posting this! I would love to see more!

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