There are two types of skincare fanatics: Those who swear by facial massage tools like jade rollers and gua sha crystals, and those who don't think they make a difference. If you fall into the latter camp, prepare to have your mind blown. There's the reason you're not getting the outcomes you want from your facial massage: According to experts, jade rolling on your neck is the key to the best advantages of the tool, and the science behind it is honestly interesting.
No matter what method you prefer jade rolling, gua sha, or just using your hands the goal of facial massage is always the identical: lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system is the body's detox center; it collects excess fluids and toxins from the body and ushers them out through the excretory organs. Often, particularly in the face, this lymph fluid becomes stagnant and builds up. Facial massage systems aid in elimination, making the cheekbones and jawline look more sculpted… but apparently, it won't do a thing if you don't continue the massage down your neck. The lymphatics are a drainage network which drains downwards, away from the head. Completing the process down the neck provides more effective drainage.
We have many lymph nodes under the jaw and around the ears, and the neck is essentially a superhighway from the head into the body. The collarbone area is the 'original drain where lymphatic congestion from the face and head enters the blood system. From there, it flows through the body and ends up in the kidneys, where it's filtered and disposed of.
Think of your neck as a funnel. If the small tunnel part of the funnel is blocked, nothing can get through. In effect, the cellular waste stays put in your face or very slowly drains, depending on how congested your lymph nodes are. This greatly exacerbates acne, puffiness in the face and around the eyes, dull skin, dryness, and reactive skin. the conditions of hyperpigmentation are associated with an unclear lymphatic system, as well.
Many bloggers or influencers showing how to use the roller miss this important step, which gets the best results of the face roller or facial tool. Luckily, neck drainage is probably the easiest facial massage technique to master. You don't need to press hard with the roller. You are just gently moving the fluid retention downward so it has a place to go. Simply roll or scrape up and down either side of your neck a few times in a row, starting at the side of the jaw and ending at the collarbone. Without this, the treatment will not be anywhere as effective.
This step is so important to the overall effect of jade rolling and gua sha that Peck maintains a solo neck massage is better than a solo face massage. If you only have time to do your face or neck, always choose your neck.
Give it a shot, jade roller sceptics you'll be sculpted and singing the praises of facial massage in no time.