Facial Rolling: What It Is, Why You Should Do It & A New Release

Facial Rolling: What It Is, Why You Should Do It & A New Release

We've all long known about jade rolling— apparently Kate Moss once referred to the tool as "collagen on a stick"— but natural beauty brand Pura Botanicals has just released a line of semi-precious gemstone rollers to really up the ante. They were kind enough to gift me with their black obsidian variety, which has quickly become the most looked-forward to part of my skincare routine, and now of course I feel compelled to share it with you here (as well as touch on the benefits of facial rolling in general). So without further ado, let's get into it!

WHY USE FACIAL ROLLERS?

Jade rollers have been around since the 7th Century, where they were used in China to rid the body of negative energy and preserve youth and vitality. The tool is generally meant to encourage lymphatic drainage and promote circulation, and with regular use, it is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines and tighten facial muscles— no small feat. When gently pressed over the acupuncture points of the face, collagen and elasticity are stimulated, which are key in maintaining a youthful appearance. Additionally, using the petite end of the roller under the eyes is meant to help de-puff and reduce those pesky under eye circles. Other benefits of facial rolling include tightened pores, reduced acne, improved nervous system health, and reduced sinus and nasal congestion (I personally can't speak to that one, it's just the word on the street).

THE BENEFITS OF BLACK OBSIDIAN

The stone of self-acceptance, black obsidian— according to Pura— "helps you embrace all aspects of your physical and emotional self. This gemstone... is connected to the root chakra to promote balance and inner peace," and has healing energy said to improve mental wellbeing while removing blockages. It's also great for tackling built-up stress and self-doubt, and apparently works really well for astrological signs Saggittarius, Scorpio and Libra in particular.

HOW TO USE

Always use your roller on clean, dry skin, gently rolling up and out to promote lymphatic drainage. Only roll in one direction (not back-and-forth), using the main roller for larger parts of the face and the petite roller under the eyes, up the nose and across the upper lip. You can roll over bare skin— or as I prefer to do— on top of your serum or cream to help them further sink into the skin and promote deep hydration.


All that aside, the best— and most tangible— result from facial rolling in my opinion is simply how it makes you feel: Relaxed and pampered. And if nothing else, that's a worthwhile use of five minutes each day for this girl. xx

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