Should You Be Washing Your Jade Roller?

*Spoiler: yes.

Thankfully, it's pretty easy. 

I'll admit, when jade rollers resurfaced into the cultural beauty zeitgeist a few years back (they're actually a centuries-old practice used in Chinese medicine), I was sceptical. But a beauty product in a pastel colour palette that claims to help achieve noticeable lifting and toning for less than €20 spoke to my 'will try anything in the name of beauty' soul. 

But this morning as I collected my jade roller from my freezer and rolled as though my glowy skin depended on it, a question came to mind: Should I be…washing my tool? I mean, I wash my brushes after every use (not bragging, it's my chronic case of OCD) so why have I never thought to wipe down my facial roller? My skin - and yours for that matter - is an oil-producing, pollution-catching organ that’s exposed to a lot, after all.

And as I suspected, the answer is yes.

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The head of your facial roller is made from semiprecious stones, such as jade or quartz that are fragile like the fine hairs of a makeup brush. Dust particles can gather on the tool - plus, you don’t want to spread any bacteria back onto your skin.

The good news is that it's actually far easier to clean a jade roller than you'd think.

To clean your facial roller, wipe the stone clean with a damp cloth or soft towel, and never wipe with very hot water or soak in water. For a deeper clean, use a gentle soap or cleanser to wipe away product buildup and kill bacteria. To dry, leave it on a soft cloth or towel and leave to dry. If your roller is squeaky clean - literally, try adding a few drops of your favourite facial oil to the joints on the head. 

Main image by @wittycompany on Instagram

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