A jade roller looks a bit like a paint roller for your face, but it’s made of stone and a lot prettier on your vanity. Just a quick Instagram search of the hashtag #jaderoller pulls up thousands of images of women massaging their faces with the tool, often after applying a serum or sheet mask. It’s no secret that jade rollers are having a moment—but what does the beauty tool actually do, and is it worth the hype? We consulted some skin pros to find out.
In essence, a jade roller works to drain lymphatic fluids (aka toxins) and boost blood flow. It’s also said to reduce puffiness, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and even help skincare products penetrate deeper into the skin.
The stones are naturally cool, which helps to prevent swelling and may even help to calm the skin, says Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse, a Los Angeles-based dermatologist. And the rolling motion is soothing, she says. That’s why the tool can also be used to massage in your favorite facial oil or serum—it’s a good alternative to a blending brush for those with sensitive skin, she notes.
However, there is no scientific evidence to support the claims that a jade roller will actually prevent wrinkles or reduce pore size. And some experts warn that using the roller too hard could cause bruising, as the rubbing motion can rupture small capillaries in the skin. That’s why it’s important to use the tool with a light hand.
Thankfully, most jade rollers are made with a gentle stone that is both hypoallergenic and natural. The most popular options are emerald-cut jade and rose quartz. And while some brands make their rollers out of silicone, it’s best to avoid those because the material can be harsh on the skin and can cause rashes.
So, if you’re considering trying one of the popular tools—or want to add to your collection—we’ve rounded up the best ones that are both effective and affordable.
This dual-sided jade roller from Mount Lai is a beauty editor favorite, thanks to its rose gold hardware and responsibly sourced green jade. The smaller end is designed for the neck and face, while the larger end can be used on the forehead and cheeks. The two rollers come with a protective pouch for easy storage and travel.
This jade roller from Nordstrom’s website has the best reviews on the site, and it comes with a gua sha, a similar tool that’s designed to be used on the neck and face. It’s also a great choice because it uses a vibrational technique to “amplify the results of your skincare routine.” It’s also said to be quieter than others, so you won’t have to deal with annoying squeaks while you’re using it.