The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - BEAUTY - 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.”

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