There’s a good chance you’ve seen a face roller being used on Instagram or Facebook.
Whether in the hand of an influencer, your best friend, or the center of the conversation online, face rollers are *the* hot topic in the beauty industry.
But why are they so popular? Where do they come from? And do they back up their anti-aging claims?
We’ll be answering all of these questions (plus leave you with a few at-home face rolling exercises you can try yourself) so if you’re looking for a skin-care tool with seriously powerful health benefits, you’re in the right place.
Read on for the ultimate guide to face rolling.
What is a Face Roller?
Face rollers aren’t new (read on to find out just how old face rollers really are), but they are booming in popularity right now. A simple tool, each face roller is a handheld utensil with a duel-ended jade stone head (although other crystals may also be used).
Coming in various sizes and stones - from a mini-roller to mid-sized rollers - these tools can be used to target specific areas of the face (e.g around the eyes or mouth) or massage a larger area of the face.
More than an aesthetically pleasing choice, jade or other crystals are also cold… like, really cold. The cold material helps to restrict blood flow and pressure pushes fluid, called lymph, to the body’s lymph nodes. This process helps to filter out toxins and leave skin healthy, radiant and glowing.
But before we break down the (long) list of face roller benefits, let’s take a quick trip to the past.
Where Did Face Rollers Come From?
Believe it or not but the art of face rolling has been around for thousands of years.
Yep, THOUSANDS of years.
With origins tracing back to ancient China (the 7th century to be exact), face rollers were created using jade. This semi-precious stone was said to have energy-healing properties that helped keep skin smooth, cool and youthful.
As it turns out, there was some truth to this belief as the cold touch of jade can help smooth inflammation in the skin and keep skin fresh and youthful. Commonly used by wealthy Chinese women, face rollers are now in the cabinets and bathrooms of millions of people around the world.
Read on to find out why…
Face Roller Benefits
Every beauty or anti-aging product can claim to have miracle properties, but how many can *actually* back up their claims?
When it comes to face rollers, the benefits are both clear and backed by science. More than a way to unwind and introduce a little zen to your chaotic lifestyle, here are some of the proven benefits of using your own face roller.
Face Roller Benefit #1: Prevent ageing
Regular face rolling helps to tone your facial muscles and improve the elasticity of your skin. At the same time, the massaging qualities of a cold stone on your skin help to depuff it by stimulating lymphatic drainage and clearing toxins. Together, this has the effect of reducing ageing signs from the comfort of your own home.
As a bonus tip, an extra-chilled face roller helps wake up your tired face whether it’s at the end of a long day or first thing in the morning.
Face Roller Benefit #2: Increase collagen and circulation
Collagen, as the building block of your skin’s elasticity, starts to diminish after your turn 30 (frustrating, we know). Luckily, you can help produce more collagen with face rolling. As a bonus, a recent study showed that face rolling helps to boost circulation with increased blood flow coming in as little as 5 minutes!
Face Roller Benefit #3: Help absorb skincare products faster
You probably have a bathroom cabinet full of your favorite skincare products, so how would it feel to help those products work harder and deliver consistent results? You can achieve this by applying your skincare products, for example, moisturizer or serum, and massaging lightly with your face roller.
Face Roller Benefit #4: Reduce and eliminate dark circles
No one wants to wake up to see dark circles under each eye… but unfortunately, it’s a reality faced by plenty of people around America and the world. Thanks to its cooling effect, face rolling helps reduce the size of the blood vessels found around your eyes, giving you a way to say goodbye to bags and under-eye circles. As the skin around the eyes is 40% thinner, it’s easy for dark circles to appear - and with face rollers, it’s easy for dark circles to disappear!
Looking for a quick way to enhance your results? Chilling your roller in the freezer has been scientifically shown to help improve anti-puffing qualities.
How to Use a Face Roller At Home
Wondering how to use your own face roller?
Before we explain how to handle your roller like a pro, it helps to understand how your tool is made. Each face roller comes with a handle with two rollers at both ends. The larger roller is meant to be used on your entire face. In contrast, the smaller roller is for specific areas (you can target puffy bags under your eyes, unwanted lines by your mouth, or forehead wrinkles).
Rolling the tool on your face, or targeting problem areas creates light pressure which stimulates blood flow to your facial tissue. This drives healthy lymph movement which clears toxins and drives effective regeneration and repair of cells.
To help you get the most out of your tool, here are a few ‘Rules of Rolling’ for you to follow:
- Always roll upwards and in the same direction (never roll down)
- Repeat up to 5 rolls in each area of your face before moving on
- Work slowly over the neck and jawline, but be firmer over and under the cheeks
- Start by rolling from the jawline to the ear, then from cheekbone to ear, then upwards on the forehead
Three ultimate exercises for you to try at home
#1: Depuff your eyes
Using the small end, apply medium pressure and roll from the inner eye towards the outer corner. Repeat 10-15 times and then switch to the other eye. Doing this exercise with a cold roller will drastically reduce the puffiness under the eyes in the morning.
#2: Reduce laugh lines
Apply a little bit of lip balm or moisturizer serum. With the small point of your roller, make an O shape with your mouth and roll with gentle pressure on the marionette lines.
Do this exercise 10 times on each side of the mouth.
#3: Neck Lifting
Start by placing the larger side of the roller at the clavicle using light pressure and an up and down motion roll on the clavicle moving up to the neck.
Repeat this 5-10 times and then move over to the other side.
Looking to join the Face Roller revolution?
Face rollers are everywhere right now. Well… almost everywhere.
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