Upgrade Your Daily Massage with a Face Roller
In French beauty, the skin is always the star. French women rarely cover their faces with more than a sheer tinted moisturizer. Instead, they focus on achieving healthy skin with great skincare and an invigorating daily facial massage.
While the hands are the traditional tool of French aestheticians, facial rollers have been a welcomed addition to French women’s daily skin care routines. If you’d like to add a face roller to your beauty routine, as well, keep reading!
We’ll help you learn everything you need to know about how to use a face roller for maximum effects.
The benefits of face roller massage
Using a face roller on a regular basis has immense wellness benefits. It goes beyond just the skin — the effects of a facial massage have physical impacts below the epidermis.
The rolling motion of a facial roller exerts less pressure on the skin than a traditional face massage, so it yields results quicker and is more gentle.
Face rollers are inherently cool, so they have a soothing effect on the skin. You can boost this effect by keeping your face roller in the fridge.
They tone the face and eliminate puffiness by moving and draining lymphatic fluid.
They give facial muscles a relaxing massage that helps to drive away tension, especially from the jaw and temples.
The massage improves blood circulation to the skin, which gives a youthful glow and may have long-term anti-sagging effects.
- The gentle massage helps skincare products penetrate into the skin more quickly and deeply.
How to choose the best face roller
When selecting the best face roller for you, consider what kind of features you’re especially interested in. Some stones do a better job of staying cold, while others have a smoother surface that’s more gentle on the skin.
In general, we recommend purchasing a double-sided roller, with a large side for rolling over the face and a smaller one for around the eyes.
Jade rollers are the classic choice, as they were the first facial rollers available on the market, and they’re quite affordable. They’re lightweight compared to other stones, but they’re also a hint quicker to lose their smoothness.
Rose quartz facial rollers have become more popular in recent years. They’re a little heavier than jade rollers so they can exert more pressure on the skin, but they also stay cold for longer and are generally more durable.
Amethyst rollers are the new thing in the facial roller scene. They’re structurally similar to rose quartz, but they’re quite expensive. The companies producing them often put more effort into manufacturing, so they’re usually smoother and less likely to make noise.
- Finally, there are ice rollers. They have a liquid core that turns to ice if you put them in the freezer. Using one is like getting an ice facial that rapidly cools the skin. They soothe irritation and reduce puffiness, but the cold shock can be too intense for daily use.
How to use a face roller
When not in use, keep your facial roller in the fridge, especially in the summer when the cold can be very refreshing.
Always start with clean skin. The face roller will glide more easily if it’s also covered in a thin layer of moisturizer or face oil.
If you’re a fan of sheet masks, you can use your facial roller on top of the sheet mask to allow the essence to soak in more thoroughly.
- Once you’re ready to roll over the face, remember this basic principle: Always start in the middle and work outwards and upwards, mirroring your motions on both sides of your face. You can roll along each area as many times as you like.
Start at the neck, rolling upwards towards the jawline.
- Next, starting at the point of your chin, roll outwards following the curve of your jawline.
Bring the roller up a bit, and roll in the same way over the chin and above the curve of the jawline.
Then, roll along the cheeks, starting near the nose and going outwards.
Roll over the forehead in upward lines, from above the brows up to the hairline.
Flip your roller over to use the smaller side above the upper lip, along the sides, and up the bridge of the nose.
- To roll around the eyes, start below the eye’s inner corner and move outwards in a circular motion following the orbital bone.
How to take care of your face roller
As with anything that comes in contact with your skin, you should thoroughly clean your face roller after each use. Since it’s a non-invasive tool, you can simply wash it in warm water with a bit of soap or detergent. Then, towel-dry gently or place it somewhere safe to air-dry.
How often should you use a facial roller?
A massage with a face roller is a safe daily habit that’s incredibly gentle on the skin. Some women swear by using their jade roller twice a day, but once a day or week will also give you satisfying results. Even if you don’t have the time to use it every day, keep it around for the days when you feel like your skin needs that extra cooling, firming touch.
Savoring the ritual
French beauty practices are steeped in history, but we love updating them with new tools. A jade roller’s relaxing touch is the perfect upgrade, boosting your skin care practice and soothing the skin. That daily French ritual of facial massage becomes quicker and easier, and amidst your long, busy days, what more could we want?