Jade is one of those gemstones with a long and fascinating history. It has been revered as a lucky or protective stone by ancient civilisations as far apart geographically as the Egyptians, the Aztecs, the Maoris and the Chinese, and was often valued higher than gold or diamonds. As it is tough as well as beautiful, with its many shades of translucent green, it has been used to make weapons as well as ritual objects and jewellery. Gemstone therapists will tell you that jade is good for your creativity and mental agility, whilst providing a calming, balancing effect. Asians, especially those with a Chinese background, would say that wearing a piece of jade will protect you from misfortune, and it is common to see members of the older generation wearing jade pendants or bangles as they go about their everyday life.
The deepest green coloured jade is often called ‘imperial jade’, as this was the most highly prized by the Emperors of ancient China. As long ago as 3000BC, jade was being used for the finest items of jewellery and decoration, and it has been found alongside other precious offerings in imperial graves. Confucian wisdom also says that jade symbolises the virtues of justice, compassion, courage… and beauty.
Which is where this facial roller comes in. You can, if you like, imagine a beauty tool like this on the vanity table of an ancient Chinese princess. The theory is that the cool, glassy surface of the stone, when rolled gently across the face, smooths and calms the complexion. You can enhance the healing action by keeping it in the fridge, and also use it to apply whichever creams and potions best suit your skin. There is even reason to believe that regular use can stimulate the lymph nodes to work harder on removing those waste products and toxins that build up through pollution and our unhealthy modern lifestyle. It might even help unblock congested sinuses, and reduce those dark under-eye bags.
I would like to tell you these things are all the case, but unfortunately I keep forgetting to use my roller. Either I forget I have left it in the fridge, or I know I don’t have time to mess around cleaning it after I have used it in the morning. However, if you decide to try it out, a roller can be had from amazon if you can’t find one in your nearest Chinatown – I haggled down to S$18 for mine but I am sure they can be had for less. Taking your nose as the starting point, use the roller to smooth away gently on both sides of your face, going especially carefully around the eyes using the smaller end. Don’t forget to pay attention to your jawline, rolling down below your ears at the end. Try this morning and evening – hopefully you will see the difference!