All the best beauty hacks always come out of Fashion Week – from Karlie Kloss’s genius way with a cigarette lighter (for ultra-smooth eyeliner, of course) to the best glow-giving sheet masks.
This week, celebrity skin guru Elizabeth Kennedy revealed her surprising secret weapon to E! backstage at Tome: the ancient Chinese beauty practice of jade rolling.
Said to reduce puffiness and inflammation and encourage the elimination of toxins, jade rollers are a time-old trick that modern-day beauties – think Miranda Kerr, Behati Prinsloo and Dree Hemmingway – swear by. But does it actually work?
I headed to the Endota Spa at Sydney’s luxe Four Seasons Hotel to find out. The Australian skincare company is renowned for their fusion of holistic practices and efficacious natural ingredients – and their new Organic Infusion Facial centres around the use of – what else? – jade rollers.
“We use jade rollers to slowly infuse our products into your skin,” Helen Robb Lacey, Endota Spa head of education, tells me pre-treatment. “They’re a beautiful tool because you can use them hot in winter or cold in summer, which is just so refreshing.”
“They help to increase blood circulation and move along the lymphatic system as well – plus it’s a lovely rolling sensation that relaxes the mind,” Lacey adds.
After applying the Endota Spa Organics Multi-Vitamin Treatment Oil all over my skin, my therapist gently guides the jade vitality rollers over my face, neck and chest for 10 blissful minutes. The rollers have been cooled to help reduce the redness that creeps up on my cheeks and soothe the deadline-induced dark circles perpetually under my eyes.
Afterwards, I feel completely and utterly zen, and I swear my skin looks plumper and dewier than usual. Lacey tells me she’ll often massage a face oil or serum into her skin for a good five minutes before applying make-up to get the same effect. “You’ll look as if you’ve just had a facial,” she tells me. “It’s just a simple bit of massage that brings that rush of blood to the surface, oxygenates the cells and gives you a fresh glow.”
Sold, I find an $18 jade roller online. I’m not sure I believe in the healing powers of gemstones (jade is said to promote feelings of calm), but what could be more relaxing than having flawless skin?