You’ve no doubt seen influencers and celebrities on social media rolling a soothing-looking device over the angles of their face. A simple-looking gadget it may be but a face roller can do wonders for the skin and are now an integral part of many people’s daily skincare routine. If you’re unsure what it is and how to do it, don’t worry. Read on for the lowdown on how to incorporate one into your regime and how to get the most out of it.
What Is Face Rolling?
Think of a face roller as a magical gadget that closely resembles a paint roller with a jade or rose quartz sphere at the end. Made of the ultimate cooling material that soothes the skin, these stones help eliminate puffiness whilst simultaneously increasing circulation and improving the appearance of the skin. “It’s been a beauty ritual since ancient times in China, dating all the way back to the 7th century,” explains David Petrusich, Head of Education at Herbivore. “Physically, it helps to firm the look of skin through gentle massage and it also aids in supporting the lymphatic system, the body’s main major detoxification system. Additionally it helps to ease tension and stress in the body, soothes anxiety, and increases self-love, which is essential when it comes to clear, smooth skin.”
How Do You Use A Face Roller?
Always wash your face first so all the dirt and debris from the day is fully cleared from the pores. “After cleansing and toning, smooth a few drops of facial oil into skin. This will help the facial roller glide across the skin with ease, while the roller will help the facial oil to absorb better, increasing its benefits,” says Petrusich. Start with a sweeping up and down motion on the neck, then run the roller back and forth along the jawline, ending at the centre of the chin. Repeat this and work up and across from the centre of the chin to the cheekbones and ears. Repeat for five or six strokes (there’s no limit really) then go for another up and down set of strokes on the forehead, starting at the centre working out towards the temples.
While every area of your face will benefit from additional massage, one of the most effective beneficiaries of a roller is the under eye area, especially given the puffiness that accumulates there. Try a serum texture for easy absorption. We love Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum or Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum.
When Should You Use A Face Roller?
The beauty of a facial roller is that it can be used to enhance your skincare routine any time of the day. Using it in the morning right after you wake up allows you to really work at banishing any fluid build-up and puffiness that may have accumulated overnight, while using it as part of your night-time regimen can help refine pores and increase the efficacy product absorption – particularly useful when it comes to improving the efficiency of your targeted nightly serums or retinol creams.
Added Benefits of Face Rolling
Keeping your roller in the fridge will increase its de-puffing benefits ten-fold, plus if you are doing it just before bedtime, the added calming ritual involved can really help you to relax and switch off. For a deep boost for the skin try rolling over a sheet mask packed with soothing ingredients. Try Eve Lom Time Retreat Sheet Mask, a perfect overnight treat for lacklustre skin.