For the past couple of years, facial rollers (typically made from jade or an imitation jade-like stone) have been wheeling down either side of that divide, and picking up fans along the way.
On the high-tech end, microneedling has made news for its laser-esque youth boosting effects, while low-tech beauty fiends have fallen hard for jade rollers.
Jade facial rollers have been around for centuries; there's evidence of them as far back as seventh-century China, where the stone was believed to have healing and protective properties.
Like most beauty strategies that stand the test of time, the art is in a jade roller's simplicity. The mechanism is downright basic: It features an oblong stone of pure jade, usually an inch to an inch and a half long, that's attached to a handle with a metal frame, like a paint roller.
"Our facial muscles store a lot of tension," says Ling Chan, an esthetician and the owner of the facial-specializing Ling Skincare spa. She was also one of the early forces behind the jade roller's recent renaissance. "This tension can cause wrinkles and fine lines, especially around our forehead and eyes. Using a jade roller often can help to release tension in these spots." Gentle pressure and motion also promotes circulation, which plumps and firms skin and is a major contributor to that clean-living, eight-hours-of-sleep glow we're all striving for.
The key to getting the most out of jade rolling, according to Chan, is to use the right tool. Keep an eye out for rollers that specifically note they're made from natural stone: "Many of the cheaper versions on the market are actually made from glass and infused with dye to match the color of the jade stone," she warns. (The $90 version she sells is the real deal.) Another giveaway of inferior quality is a roller that makes noise when you use it, and, of course, a too-good-to-be-true price point. Remember, high quality stone takes effort to craft, so if you buy a roller that costs less than you'd pay for a salad bowl, well, you're likely getting what you pay for.
As for use, Chan suggests incorporating a jade roller into your nightly routine. "Once you've applied your hydrator, serum, cream or moisturizing mask, you can massage all over the face for three to five minutes with the jade roller," she says. You can also store your roller in the fridge or freezer for an extra chilly pop of puff-fighting, but even a room temperature tool will be pleasantly cool, warming slightly as you work.
I like using the jade roller because it really gives you a great feeling and makes you feel special while using it. You respect your body and your face, and treat them accordingly.