Typically made from jade or rose quartz crystals, face rollers are used to gently massage the face and stimulate the lymphatic system to decrease puffiness, ease tension and stimulate blood flow to increase your skin’s glow. Plus, the soothing effects of face rolling are shown to lower cortisol levels – and cortisol can contribute to aging.
One of the primary benefits of using a face roller is that it can help decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is because face rolling stimulates collagen production, which leads to firmer, more youthful-looking skin. Many people use it for its cooling effect – rolling with crystals can visibly calm down the skin after a peel or micro-needling. However, face rolling’s power to drain retained fluid and de-puff skin is what has really made it a beauty essential.
But it is important to do face rolling the right way and roll with purpose - not just randomly all over your face. Try prepping your skin by applying your favorite serum, oil, moisturizer or mask and only roll upwards, not back and forth. To get a more sculpted effect, rolling in the morning is recommended, and, although crystal rollers and Gua-Sha tools are naturally cool – especially rose quartz – chill them beforehand in the refrigerator for even better results. It’s most effective to gently start rolling along the jawline, from the chin out to the ear, so you are actually draining away the fluid that causes the puffiness. Do this for at least five ‘rolls’, and then move up, rolling under the cheek bone from the side of the nose to the ear, then up under the eye to the temple and down to the ear. It should take about five minutes to do your face, working over each area – most users tend to use two rollers at once, doing both sides of their face at the same time.
You can see the face-sculpting effects of face rolling almost instantly. However, for longer-lasting lifting benefits, you need to make it a part of your daily regimen. This helps retrain the muscles, as when you roll upward against gravity, you keep lifting and moving the muscles in the right direction.
Most makeup artists believe using a device like a face roller is key for pre-makeup skin prep. Spending just 5 or 10 minutes with a face roller or microcurrent device and it may surprise you of how radiant your skin looks before applying makeup. It stimulates blood flow, and when you start applying makeup from that place, as opposed to how your skin looks with no prep, it can make a big difference.
Using your roller over a sheet mask will help the ingredients penetrate more deeply, or you can use it as the final step in your skincare routine to boost the absorption of your products such as a face serum or a moisturizer.
While most crystal face rollers stay cold naturally, using an extra-chilled tool (kept overnight in a refrigerator) tightens pores and wakes up a weary face, making it particularly good to use before an event. It’s also great to use for headaches.
Face roll two to three times a week, for at least five minutes, and you’ll see the difference to your face in a couple of weeks.
That’s worth the hype to us!