Facial Rollers: What are They, and How to Use Them

by The First Refresh

Facial rollers have quickly become a mainstay of everyday skincare. Known for their anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as improving absorption of skincare products when used alongside. Its skin-lifting effect is apparent just minutes after the rolling massage, stimulating your lymphatic system and blood flow. 

Face rolling is a practice that hails all the way back to ancient China, and was traditionally a treatment exclusively reserved for the elite. The original face roller was made of jade - the semi-precious stone was said to have healing properties and keep the skin youthful. 

Now a staple of modern western beauty practices, face rollers are used as a part of top tier facials but are also an accessible tool to keep in your home. Great for resetting your face right before a social event or important work function as the effects can be seen so quickly.

Thinking of getting one? Here are the different types, their benefits, and how to use them. 

Types of face rollers

Face rollers can be made from a wide array of metals and stones. However, the most common are the semi-precious stones: rose quartz, jade and obsidian. Rose quartz face rollers can hold both hot and cold temperature for a longer period of time, making them a good one to use if you want a longer massage. For a cold compress, they can be left in the fridge or in a cup of ice before the massage. For this reason, rose quartz face rollers are the go-to for maximising the anti-aging benefits of a face massage. 

Jade rollers don’t hold temperature as well as rose quartz but are environmentally adaptive and warms on contact. The semi-precious stone was said to promote luck, drawing out negative energy and balancing one’s ‘chi’. 

Black obsidian is a material that comes from fast-cooling lava. Working similar to jade and rose quartz in terms of its massage, black obsidian is believed to protect against negativity and stress.

What are the benefits of using a facial roller?

The benefits of face rollers are aplenty - most notably, they stimulate the lymphatic system and blood circulation. When done correctly, a massage with a face roller can ease tension, reduce wrinkles, swelling, puffing and even pain. 

They work to reduce daily stress, and soothe headaches. This helps in promoting your skin’s natural glow! Research now shows that face rolling lowers cortisol levels (which contributes to ageing) - making it a simple anti-ageing tool. 

The cold from face rollers is also an all-natural and non-invasive way to help to calm the skin after any skin treatments. 

How do you use a face roller?

Always apply facial oil or moisturiser beforehand to ensure your facial roller glides smoothly over your face - it should not pull or tug on your skin. Paying attention to the jaw, shoulder and neck, always roll upwards - this will improve blood circulation and reduce wrinkles.

Rose quartz, jade and other semi-precious stones are naturally cool materials, but you can leave it in the fridge for extra coolness. The cold will help tighten your pores and refresh your face at the end of a long day or early in the morning. 

Gently start rolling upwards and outwards along the jawline, from the chin to the ear. Then move up to roll under the cheek bone from the side of the nose to the ear, and upwards under the eye to the temple and down to the ear. 

Face rollers are safe to use everyday - the more you use it the more benefits you reap!

Bonus: The Gua Sha Tool

The gua sha is another tool that is used for facial massage. The gua sha, like face rollers, helps to reduce facial tension and aid lymphatic drainage. They also increase skin elasticity – increasing the absorption of other skincare formulas. 

The gua sha, as opposed to the face roller, is recommended for use 2 to 3 times a week. Both exert gentle pressure, but gua sha also stretches the skin and creates a light friction that stimulates blood circulation more intensely. 

Both techniques help to boost circulation, leaving your complexion with a rosy, radiant look, and appearance of smoother, more taut skin.

Known to represent self-love, peace, and inner healing, rose quartz facial rollers will help to restore a sense of wellbeing and ease stress at the end of a long day. Using your face roller everyday is a great and relaxing way to maintain the skin’s natural glow in between routine facials. 

Treat your skin further at your next facial - request a rose quartz lifting massage at your next routine facial with us. We can’t wait to meet you at your at-home Refresh.