If you deal with the tight, uncomfortable muscles due to facial paralysis, a jade roller may be a beauty product to invest in. Why? This handheld tool can heal and restore skin. I know it sounds extreme to tell someone to roll a round crystal over their face but trust me, it’s worth it.
I know it sounds extreme, but consistent use increases circulation, breaks up any stagnation in the lymphatic system that may cause puffiness AND gives those tight, uncomfortable facial muscles some much-needed love ♡.
So what exactly is jade rolling?
While jade rollers are having their moment dominating the skincare world and on social media right now, they have actually been a beauty ritual in Chinese skincare routines for centuries.
You can think of them as handheld mini facial massagers. Made from solid jade, these jade rollers typically have one large stone geared to roll on the more prominent areas of one’s face (cheeks, jaw, forehead) and a smaller stone on the opposite side to roll in more delicate smaller regions (eyes, mouth).
Ok, how do I use it?
It’s gloriously simple.
I like to use my jade roller in the evening as I’m winding down watching tv. After washing my face, I’ll apply my facial oil or my sheet mask and then start rolling! It’s important to use your jade roller over a product as this enables the product to penetrate deeper into your skin.
You’ll find a dozen articles sharing that people love to place their jade roller in the refrigerator as it helps with puffiness…
BUT when it comes to having facial paralysis, I’ve been told by many doctors and skincare therapists, that it’s essential to apply slight heat to these facial nerve areas to help relax and loosen the tight, overworked muscles. Especially facial areas affected by synkinesis. Heat up your jade roller under warm water! Sometimes I like to have a warm cup of water and a clean towel in front of me so I can continuously dip the jade roller in it.
Once you’ve applied your product, take the jade roller and directly apply this to your skin rolling in an upward and outward motion. For each section that you’re focusing on, you want to do that section about three times and then move on to the next part.
If certain sections of your face are feeling extra tight due to your facial paralysis, roll in that particular section more than others. Just be sure to massage gently, as too much pressure can aggravate your skin. The pressure should be light and comfortable on the skin. Here is a photo I like to use to make sure I’m rolling in the proper directions and sections of my face. →
This at-home facial massage tool is a great option for us ladies with facial paralysis as jade rollers are believed to have healing and protective properties:
- Releases any muscle tension and stiffness
- Promotes blood circulation
- Tones the muscles of the face
- Improves elasticity of the skin
- Helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles
We can achieve the best of our inner and outer from self-care and love, so what better way to accomplish this by giving yourself a relaxing facial massage by jade rolling?