THE BEAUTY BENEFITS OF
JADE ROLLERS + LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Posted on August 03 2018
We've seen everyone from Vogue to Reddit touting the magic of jade rollers, so we just had to see what all the fuss was about! We put it to the test and turns out, not only do jade rollers look super chic on your vanity and feel like a dream on your skin, they do in fact stimulate lymphatic drainage: the flushing of bacteria and toxins via the liquids stored in your tissues. Fewer toxins = brighter, healthier, younger-looking skin.
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HOW IT WORKS
The cool touch of the stone calms inflammation, while the rolling mechanism allows an unbroken point of contact. Applying medium pressure ensures a deep facial massage that stimulates the circulatory system and, when used in the right direction, pushes the lymph (or the liquid in your body's tissues) to the lymph nodes.
The nodes are where white blood cells destroy any bacteria picked up by the lymph as it circulates the body. When a node gets backed up with bacteria, it swells; this is why many diseases and infections are marked by swollen lymph nodes. You can help your body push bacteria and toxins to these areas rich in white blood cells by regularly massaging your face and body, drinking plenty of water, getting lots of exercise, and eating plenty of whole plant foods.
MASSAGING YOUR FACE
The key here for ultimate results in plumper, lifted skin, is to massage or roll your skin upward and outward. Glide your jade roller or fingers from your nose to your temples, your mouth to under your ear, and from between your brows up and out to your hairline.
We absolutely love this video by Julie, the founder of Province Apothecary, demonstrating how to massage your face using your fingers to apply pressure to specific pressure points. You can use the same methodology with the jade roller, pressing the roller and slightly wiggling it back and forth to stimulate pressure points, and then gliding it along the skin for the massaging effect.
USING SKINCARE FOR A BOOST
You can use any assortment of facial creams, serums, or oils to massage your face. Try one infused with hyaluronic acid for a hydration boost, with lavender or calendula to calm and soothe, or one rich in vitamin C for a brightening effect.
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STIMULATING THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM FOR YOUR BODY
You can apply the same logic to your body and even scalp, using a bristle brush instead of the much smaller jade roller. The Aromatherapy Associates' Polishing Body Brush is our absolute fave because it's so easy to hold and use. Simply ensure your skin is dry (not wet!) before brushing your skin so that the bristles don't snag and pull. This time, use broad, long strokes moving upward and inward toward your heart. See this guide for a complete lesson in dry brushing.
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