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I’ve woken up every morning since middle school with the most puffy face and red eyes. It’s annoying, but I’ve learned how to deal with it in record time, and I even enjoy the process: I get out of bed, walk to my kitchen, get a tall glass of cold water (with ice), and take my beloved $14 jade roller from Amazon out of the freezer.
Whether or not you know what a jade roller is, there’s almost no doubt that you’ve seen one somewhere on the internet. The centuries-old beauty tool, made from jade or an imitation jade-like stone, is straight-up basic; it’s just a dual-sided stick with smooth stones (one large, one small) attached at either end. The idea is that the stones’s cooling properties boost blood circulation, reduce under-eye swelling, and make you look, well, not dead.
There are versions out there that run between $20 and $40 — this one is literally $90, why?! — but there’s honestly no need to spend that much. My $14 one rolls smoothly, doesn’t squeak when I use it, and has held up for more than six months with no issues.
After washing and moisturizing my face, I use the larger end to massage my cheeks, neck, chest, and forehead, and the smaller end to get in right under my eyes. I like to think that since I keep mine extra cold, it helps the de-puffing process move along quicker. (Ice reduces swelling, duh!)
I love this roller so much that I’ll use it over facial oil or a sheet mask at night. It’s cooling and relaxing, and it’s actually relieved some of the darkness under my eyes — something no eye cream or gel patch has yet accomplished.
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