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THE SE­CRET TO SMOOTH SKIN COULD BE THIS TIMETESTED BEAUTY TOOL

Life & Style Weekend - - YOU - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHERSON

The Chi­nese have plenty of an­cient beauty and medic­i­nal se­crets, in­clud­ing one the Western world is only just catch­ing on to. Face rollers are tools made of jade or other pre­cious stones that glide over the skin like a paint roller. They’re pro­moted as help­ing to in­crease blood flow, giv­ing the skin a more plump, youth­ful look while “drain­ing flu­ids and tox­ins” from the lymph nodes on the face. “Used as an anti-age­ing and anti-wrin­kle beauty tool, it works on the ba­sis of lym­phatic drainage,” Lux Aes­tiva founder Katie Blyth ex­plains. “Our skin has a lym­phatic sys­tem, which is a net­work of tis­sues just below the sur­face, and rollers work to mas­sage this area. “Best used on the face, the tool gen­tly mas­sages the skin to boost cir­cu­la­tion, re­duce puffi­ness, im­prove elas­tic­ity, pro­mote cell turnover, and a whole host of other ben­e­fits. “This tra­di­tional Chi­nese beauty tool has been handed down through gen­er­a­tions, a prac­tice that has stood the test of time due to its highly ef­fec­tive skin ben­e­fits.” If you’re a believer in the power of crys­tals, jade is one of the best min­er­als to use as it’s thought to have pow­er­ful sooth­ing prop­er­ties. “It (jade) can help to re­lieve ir­ri­tabil­ity, elim­i­nate neg­a­tive en­ergy and pro­mote self­heal­ing,” Katie says. “It is known as a lucky stone that of­fers good health, wealth and love. “Rollers can also be found in rose quartz and other stones.” Used in con­junc­tion with a mois­tur­is­ing fa­cial oil, face rollers may en­cour­age fresher and brighter look­ing skin, mak­ing for a sooth­ing night rit­ual to ease you to sleep. “I def­i­nitely rec­om­mend us­ing rollers at night with a face oil — we sug­gest Lux Aes­tiva’s Prickly Pear Oil,” Katie says. “Af­ter cleans­ing your skin, ap­ply the face oil then gen­tly mas­sage with the roller. “Only use gen­tle pres­sure while rolling jade over the face, as­sist­ing to sweep away tox­ins and bal­ance out any ex­cess fluid. “The roller will mas­sage the oil into your skin, help­ing it to ab­sorb bet­ter and work its magic overnight. “Keep your jade face roller in the re­frig­er­a­tor be­fore us­ing it as the cool­ness will also help to re­duce any swelling.”

1 2 3 4 WE LOVE 1. LA ABODE ROSE QUARTZ FA­CIAL ROLLER, LAABODE.COM.AU 2. LUX AES­TIVA PRICKLY PEAR OIL, $46, AVAIL­ABLE AT LUXAESTIVA.COM 3. ELLA BACHE BOTAN­I­CAL SKIN TREAT­MENT OIL, $69, ELLABACHE.COM.AU 4. LUX AES­TIVA JADE ROLLER, $36, LUXAESTIVA.COM

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