By Andi Douglas, nwaMotherlode beauty editor and mama of 3
I’m always a fan of any beauty treatment I can accomplish while sitting in my bed or on the couch. One seemingly simple tool that always had a “well that seems too ridiculous to be true” vibe to me is the Jade and Rose quartz beauty rollers. But, as I’m sure I’ve done before and will do many more times, I’m happily admitting I was wrong.
I finally broke down and bought one of the elegant looking rose quartz rollers (along with a whole bunch of other fun gadgets I’ll be telling you about soon) when I noticed my skin slowly creeping down my face. I’m all for aging with grace until I lean to the side and my cheek hangs off my face like the comfy, threadbare t-shirt I sleep in. Now I’m developing a plan to age with a feistier grace, a Katharine Hepburn kind of grace.
Typically, the online price range for stone rollers differs from $10-$100 and up. Usually the big price jump is because they’re included with a specific serum or skin regime, but if you’re already happy with your products and just looking to add the roller to your existing regiment, then the cheaper versions are just fine.
The biggest reason I saw for paying more was to insure that you’re getting real rose quartz or jade, or the quality of the handle itself. Some rollers can squeak which definitely takes away from the relaxing facial massage you’re aiming for. I bought the $10 Equate Beauty Rose Quartz Roller from Walmart and have been very happy with it. I also saw a large selection of Jade and Rose quartz rollers at TJ Maxx for around that price, and they all looked great.
Why choose one type of stone over the other? Both rollers have similar benefits:
- Increase absorption of skin care products
- Improve skin firmness and smooth skin
- Promote lymphatic drainage and detoxification
- Reduce puffiness of skin, including under eye puffiness and dark circles
- Reduce wrinkles and improve elasticity of skin
Jade stone stays cool no matter how long you use it, which is why some people prefer it for tackling puffy or flushed skin. The rose quartz did warm up after using it for a while, but it took several minutes of messing around with it and letting my girls use it for the loss of coolness to become a problem. Ideally, both rollers should be stored in the refrigerator between uses for optimal cooling effect. Jade is also known to be a transmitter of infrared rays, which are beneficial for anti-aging and wrinkle reduction.
The added benefit of the rose quartz is more spiritual. Known as “the love stone,” the natural pink stone resonates with compassionate energies that promote love, tenderness, joy and healing. Packed full of minerals, rose quartz also improves oxygen flow to improve tone and luster in your skin.
Use your facial roller early in the morning for some quick de-puffing or in the evenings after you’ve applied your favorite serum or moisturizer. I like to use it when I’m wearing a facial mask to evenly distribute the product, and I always use the leftover product on my neck and roll over it for added absorption. It’s difficult to explain the best way to roll, so I’m borrowing this great diagram from Snow Fox Skin Care.
As an added benefit, I was laid up last weekend with an injured calf muscle and out of a combo of curiosity, desperation and boredom, I used my rose quartz roller on my calf muscle, and it felt amazing and helped work out the knot that had me hobbled for several days.
I’m doing a deep dive into all of the cool beauty gadgets I always see but never take the time to try and am excited to share my findings with all of you. The rose quartz roller is now a must-have tool for me, and I’m going to pick up a jade roller the next time I come across one at TJ Maxx because I’m curious if it really does stay cooler.
Have you tried both and noticed a difference? I’d love to hear about it! Maybe the rose quartz will help put me in an especially loving mood this week! Happy Valentine’s Day, Mamas!
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