Here's How You Should Use a Face Roller
Celebrities like Jessica Alba and Hillary Duff love face rollers, and you've probably seen influencers on Tik-Tok and Instagram singing praises about the tiny gadget and claiming it to be the "must-have" skincare tool.
Although face rollers have been popping up everywhere over the past few years, Nicole Caroline, a licensed master esthetician, explains that the technique originates back to ancient China, and was popular during the 17th century. Yushi Gunlun, as it is known in Chinese, is a small handheld wand made of jade stone. "Facial rolling with precious gemstones such as jade and rose quartz was used by the wealthy and elite, they believed the stones held beneficial healing and anti-aging powers," she says.
Today, face rollers can be found in various shapes, sizes, and materials, with each boasting different benefits. And although the concept of face rolling seems quite simple, if you've stood in front of the mirror and wondered, "Is this working?" you're not alone.
To understand a bit more about face rollers, we asked Caroline to share some tips on the best way to enhance any beauty regimen using the technique.
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How to Use a Face Roller
If you've just bought a face roller, the tendency to overdo the rolling is always there. Of course, we all want to see optimum results, but unfortunately, gliding a face roller over the skin for hours will only leave you with an aching arm. The steps below tell you how to get the most out of your face roller, in just 10 minutes.
Step One: Cleanse
Always clean your face before you use your face roller. "Cleansing first is very important as you do not want to push any bacteria into the skin," says Caroline.
Step Two: Moisturize
Apply a hydrating face serum, followed by a gentle facial oil. "You want to make sure the oil is designed to be used on the face," she says. "I like using the serum for product penetration, and the oil for glide."
Step Three: Start From the Inner Cheek
Starting from the inner cheek, directly under the eye, use the smaller end of your jade or quartz double-ended tool, and gently roll outward toward the temple. "Make sure to do this three times on each side," recommends Caroline.
Step Four: Move Onto the Lower Portion of the Face
For the lower portion of the face, use the larger stone on the opposite end of your roller, she explains. "Continue with three outward sweeping motions, till you feel the tension in your face start to release."
Step Five: Move To the Neck
Move onto your neck, working gently in an upward motion. "Start under the jawbone and roll out towards the inner ear," says Caroline.
Step Six: Move To the Forehead
Finish by applying light upward strokes from the brow bone to the hairline. "Pay special attention to the tension in the brow area and gently roll there for a few extra seconds," recommends Caroline.
Step Seven: Clean
To prevent breakouts and transferring bacteria onto your face, clean your roller before and after using it. This can be done with a damp cloth or alcohol wipes.