For the past few years, one beauty tool has taken the attention of every beauty lover out there: the face roller. If you’re wondering what a face roller is and how to incorporate it into your Korean skincare routine, you are in the right article.
Being a user of the face roller myself, I want to give you the best advice on how to use it properly and how to make sure it will fit perfectly with your K-beauty routine, enhancing it.
What is a face roller?
A face roller is a tool that is used to massage the face in order to stimulate its activity, the production of collagen, and the release of toxins. It usually features a smaller and a bigger part, to be used in a different part of the face.
The jade roller is a type of face roller, and it’s a traditional Chinese skincare tool that is made from solid jade stone; it features a larger stone for use on the cheeks, jaw, and forehead, and a smaller stone for under the eyes and around the mouth.
What are the benefits of a face roller?
A face roller facilitates the lymphatic drainage, aka the action of massaging the skin to push fluids to your lymph nodes, which subsequently process and filter them out of your system.
The result, aside from an extremely nice feeling on the touch, is a reduction of puffiness and glowing skin because the massage helps to rid the body of toxins and waste. Similarly, the cool and smooth surface of the roller helps to reduce redness and stretches the skin preventing and smoothing wrinkles and fine lines.
We can summarise the benefits of face facial rolling:
- Improves blood circulation
- Reduces puffiness and inflammation of skin
- Promotes lymphatic drainage
- Relieves facial and jaw tension
On top of this, a few studies have shown that the use of a roller can also help with stuffy sinuses.
How to use a facial roller
There is not just one single way to use the roller and it really depends on the result one wants to achieve. On a general note, you should always plan on using it both on your neck and on your face in order to activate the lymphatic system at its best. With that being said, for best results you should use your roller back and forth, up and down, and out to the side, making sure to apply gentle pressure as you move up to help lift the muscles.
Even if there’s no need to follow a precise direction, you need to remember that your goal is to push away puffiness and wrinkles so you should always use your roller from the inside out, like when you’re pushing away something from you. You can also stretch your skin while using the roller, to achieve an even better result.
The whole process should take two to four minutes and during this time you’ll notice that your skin will start to flush, meaning that circulation is increasing and the massage is working.
How many times a week should you use a face roller?
You should use the roller twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, always after washing your face. You can also use the jade roller as many times as you want, just in case you need to relieve stress from your face or also increase the absorption of the products you use.
How long does it take to see results with a face roller?
A face roller acts on two different levels in terms if results: immediate and long term.
Immediate effects include your skin being more relaxed and less puffy, especially if you use the roller behind your eyes. This effect lasts for a limited amount of time, but in the meantime, the massage starts working in-depth to rejuvenate the skin and make sure the lymphatic system is active and working.
How do you clean a facial roller?
It depends on the tool you’re using, but generally, a roller is quite easy to clean, whether it is a jade one or a different type. After each use, you can wash your tool with warm water and soap, before drying it with a cotton cloth.
Where do you store your facial roller?
I recommend you keep your facial tool in the fridge. In fact, the stone or the metallic parts will get cold and it will be eve more beneficial to your skin.
How to use facial roller in your Korean beauty routine
Face rollers fit perfectly with the K-beauty routine and they can also help the absorption of the products you use. To make good use of this tool, make sure you wash your face properly (double cleanse if you follow this method) and you can choose how to proceed from there:
Method number 1
Apply your serum and use the roller to make sure it penetrates, by giving your skin the massage it needs. Keep going with your other products.
Method number 2
Use the roller immediately after the cleansing, then keep going with your routine.
Although I follow and recommend method number 2, in both cases, you will notice that the skin is more prone to absorb the products. In the morning, you’ll also notice that your make up will go smoothly and your skin will look better.
Best Facial Rollers to Buy
If you’re looking to buy a face roller, here’s a roundup of the best rollers you can buy directly online.
Atahana Jade Roller and Gua Sha Set
The Atahana roller is one of the most loved by jade rollers users and the stone is hand-cut from authentic Xiuyan Jade (a variety of Nephrite Jade) mined in China. The tool looks and feels solid and the two stones are perfectly distant so that the roller is easy and comfortable to use.
Baimei Rose Quartz Roller
The rose quartz roller from Baimei is smooth and can be used daily to rejuvenate the skin and make it look better. Rose quartz can hold its temperature (hot or cold) for a long period of time, and this means that if you store this product in the fridge it will stay cool for a long time, allowing you to work your face perfectly and for a few minutes.
Vibrating Jade Roller for Face
If you want to step up your game, this Vibrating Jade Roller for face can be your ideal tool. It features a 6000 vibration/minute, making it the perfect roller to rejuvenate your skin, reactivate the system, and improve its overall appearance.
Vibrating Face Massager Roller
This face massager includes a 3D roller face massager and T shape electric 24K beauty bar. Daily use of the beauty bar will make your face and skin look healthier and younger by reducing wrinkles and removing dark circles. The T shape head is designed for 6000 vibrations per/min and is good at tightening the skin.
Esarora Ice Roller
If you’re looking for a roller that can help you in different ways, including in reducing migraine, go for the Esarora Ice Roller. It is used exactly like a classical roller but it uses the power of the ice to activate the lymphatic system and improve the overall texture of the skin. It can also be used to relieve pain and migraine.
Refa MTG Platinum Electronic Roller
Although this face roller costs more than most, it certainly worths the investment. It features a precise design to expertly massage your face and effectively de-puff and firm skin. It can also be used on the body.
Facial rollers: FAQ
Can a facial massage improve my mood?
Yes, massaging your face can improve your mood and can also reduce anxiety. If you massage your face in bed, you’ll notice how relaxing it is, at a point that it will also help you sleep better.
Can a facial roller slim my face?
No, a facial roller is not a tool you use to slim your face. To achieve this result, you want to lose weight by eating well and exercising. A facial roll can de-puff your skin and make it look better, but it won’t make you slim down.
Can using a roller help in contouring my face?
Yes and no. The roller helps to contour your face temporarily but not in the long run. In fact, a roller is meant to work on the lymphatic system and this means cleaning your skin from toxins, but it doesn’t work on your face’s shape, not even if you use constantly for months.
Can face rollers cause acne?
Theoretically, using a roller on a dirty face can cause breakouts. That’s why you should always clean your roller after its use and at the same you need to wash your face properly and follow a precise routine to take carer of acne.
Do face rollers help with wrinkles?
Yes, face rollers help with wrinkles and signs of age. In fact, by activating the lymphatic system they also help the formation of collagen. These two elements are fundamental to rejuvenate the skin, and the facial rollers assist in facilitating their work. If you use the roller with specific anti-aging treatments, you’ll notice long-lasting and quick results.