Every year, skincare products come and go. Facial rolling is something that’s taken the market by storm recently, but is it here to stay? The world is skincare can sometimes seem like its endless. With so many products, steps and tools on the market, it can be challenging to choose what’s worth incorporating into your routine. As always, I’m on hand to share my knowledge and give you some top tips.
While facial rollers have blown up in recent years, it’s a tried and tested tool which dates back to the 17th century. That’s right, these handy little tools have been used to massage the skin for centuries in China. Traditional Chinese derma rollers crafted out of gemstones such as jade, rose quartz and amethyst have seen in a surge in popularity, and it’s not just down to their affordable price tag. Now, skincare professionals and fanatics alike from all around the world have started to realise the benefits.
Facial rollers are said to remove toxins from our skin, decrease dark circles and under-eye puffiness, smooth fine lines, heal breakouts, brighten our skin, ease tension headaches and calm inflammation. Beyond the promises of great skin, the use of a facial roller is to promote an overall feeling of zen, encouraging us to choose rituals over routines.
As a favourite from the likes of Cate Blanchett and Kim Kardashian, facial rolling works on so many levels. From stimulating our blood flow to encourage more oxygen and nutrients to the skin to draining fluid thanks to a deep tissue massage, just 10 minutes of rolling three times a week can work wonders. In the same way that we use the muscles in our body, the same applies to our face. So, facial rolling really can change the shape of our face and tighten our muscles.
Step 1: Just before you roll, take a moment for some meditation. Take in deep breathes as you inhale and exhale.
Step 2: Apply a drop or two of oil onto your face to allow the roller to move smoothly. To gain more energy from your pressure roller, you can also roll without any oil – this is the perfect way to start your day. If you’re using oil in the evening, opt for lavender or tea tree.
Step 3: Use your roller in upward strokes, applying pressure as you roll. First, you should roll outwards under the jawline, then focus on your cheekbones before rolling flat along the brows. Don’t forget your neck also!
If you’re rolling to drain fluid to contour your face, you should roll up at an angle to the side of your face before taking the roller down near your ear. Rolling this way will drain away from the fluid into the lymph nodes.
Top tip: for a super relaxing massage, heat your roller with hot water and use over a sheet mask or with oil before bed. Alternatively, for a refreshing start to the day, store your roller in the fridge overnight for an excellent way to wake up your tired eyes and skin. If you have a headache, rolling along the brows can soothe your symptoms.
Don’t forget; you should wash your roller regularly and store it on the window ledge to charge when you’re not using it. Not sure if facial rolling is for you? Get in touch for additional tips and techniques or alternatives to rolling. What’s more, I can blend oils that offer customised treatment for your specific needs and conditions.