This story originally appeared on ELLE AUSTRALIA
At this point in our culture’s holistic obsession, we’re used to doing weird things with crystals. Graduating from just storing them on our desks like paper weights, we’ve progressed to cleansing our water with them; purifying our auras with them; meditating with them; if you’re Miranda Kerr, putting them in your bra; and if you’re Gwyneth Paltrow, putting them inside your vagina.
But so far, rubbing them on our faces under the guise of skincare hadn’t entered into the fray—until now.
Crystal facial rollers—separate from Gua sha tools for micro-circulation—are the latest trend to filter into the beauty industry.
And its innate calming action and associated neo-zen vibes have already made it an instant hit both beauty communities and the celeb world, counting the likes of Hilary Duff and Khloe Kardashian as fans.
But since rubbing crystals on our faces isn’t exactly our skincare modus operandi (being that most of our crystals are sharp and rocky for maximum desktop aesthetic—shout out to geodes), we’ve been wondering if the good-skin sell is really on the cards.
The question in our third eye’s line of sight? Are crystal and jade rollers a cosmetics con, or the secret to great skin?
What Is A Crystal Facial Roller?
In layman’s terms, a crystal facial roller is a beauty tool that has a polished, rounded crystal attached to one end, for use on one’s face. The tool often has dual ends, with a long oval-shaped stone on one end for the flat planes of your face like your cheeks, forehead and chin, and a smaller, rounder stone on the other end for under-eye areas, nose and eyes.
The roller can come in a range of crystal types, but the usual suspects are jade, rose quartz, tourmaline, and amethyst.
How Long Have Crystal Rollers Been Around?
It’s safe to say: quite a while. There’s evidence of the use of flat jade stones on the skin in China as far back as the 7th century, and the traditional practice is still used in Gua sha treatments, where the skin is gently scraped to promote oxygenation and regeneration.
The use of other crystals for skincare has also been seen in the Middle Ages and in ancient India.
Why Should I Be Using One?
Regular and correct use of crystal facial rollers has a whole host of pleasant-sounding benefits that ultimately end in better skin. Karina Sulzer, a spokesperson for Skin Gym, a US-based crystal skincare label, told ELLE the benefit list is extensive.
“Benefits that you may see from usage include improved skin tone and elasticity of the skin; natural collagen boots; reduction of puffiness and wrinkles; promotion of lymphatic drainage; toxin elimination; and tightening pores, since the crystal remains cold even when in direct contact with the skin.
“Massaging the face with the wand can revitalize complexion by increasing blood circulation. The oxygen from increased circulation allows the skin to release toxins and calms inflammation. Improved circulation from regular massages can make skin look brighter and more awake.”
How Do I Use A Crystal Facial Roller?
The general purpose of the facial roller is to facilitate in a DIY lymphatic drainage massage, which helps to gently drain lymph (fluid) from skin and muscle tissue; and to help stimulate oxygen flow to the skin.
According to Zudoya, the leading Australian company for jade rollers, you should be incorporation your facial roller into either your morning or evening skincare routine, or both.
“Start by applying your favourite serum/facial cream and start rolling on in an upward motion,” the company advises.
A pro tip? “Jade stone is known to have a natural coolness and that can be enhance by keeping the roller in fridge couple of hours before you start to roll.”
Which Crystal Do I Choose For My Roller?
If you type ‘crystal facial roller’ into Google, quite a few searches will float to the top, offering rollers with all different types of crystals, from amethysts to quartz and jades. Discovering which one is right for you is just like choosing a crystal for any other purpose—look at the individual properties of the crystal and go towards the one that calls to you most.
Skin Gym’s Karina explains the different types of crystals and their benefits:
Rose quartz: The ultimate beauty crystal, known as the Crystal of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Rose quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels, while delivering inner healing and clear complexity. This ’emotional healer’ can be used to reduce and release impurities and stress in the skin. It’s best for detoxing, lifting, and softening fine lines and wrinkles, alongside draining toxins and negativity.
Clear quartz: Clear quartzes are known as the Master Healers, because they are the most powerful healing stone and are great to pair with other crystals in order to amplify their energy. Clear quartz has a very high silica content, which is an important mineral for our skin health.
Amethyst: Amethysts are powerful and protective crystals that soothe away day-to- day stresses. They also calm inflammation and are great for acne-prone skin.
Blue sodalite: Excellent for hydrating skin cells and overall health of the skin, Blue soladite calms inflammation, promotes healing and helps with balancing mineral deficiency.
Jade: Ideal for wrinkles and loose skin, jade helps raise the immunity of the skin, as well as grow new skin cells. Jade is highly calming which makes it great for irritated skin conditions. It also improves skin elasticity, encourages lymphatic drainage and help prevent wrinkles.
Red jasper: Known throughout history as the Goddess’s stone and as the symbol of bold beauty, Red jasper is a stone of vibrancy and endurance. It is used for hyperpigmentation and dark spots and can also be used to stimulate the root chakra.
Black obsidian: Black obsidian has the most potent energies, with elements of fire, water, and earth. With consistent use it brings imbalances to the surface so that they can be released. This healing effect penetrates the skin and rejuvenates on all levels. Negative energies are magnified so that they can be set free benefiting your muscle tissues over time.
How Do I Clean And Store My Crystal Skin Roller?
After each use, wipe it down with a clean cloth or wipe. Your crystal roller can be deep-cleaned with warm water and soap the way other beauty tools are cleaned. Make sure to pat it dry after cleaning to avoid rusting the metal.
If you’re looking for a more spiritual clean, clean the roller with salt by either washing it with salt water or leaving it in a dry bowl of salt overnight. Salt is considered cleansing and will help to draw negative energies out of the tool so they don’t transfer back to your skin.
Most companies also advise leaving the crystal in the moonlight for the night to recharge its energy.
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