How Do You Roll?
How Do You Roll?
Lately, I’ve been rolling my face!
You might wonder why some people swear by face rolling. First, jade rollers just feel good. The jade stone is naturally cool, and the roller makes it easy to apply gentle pressure all over the face. You can even store it in the fridge for some extra oomph. A chilled tool tightens pores and will wake up a weary face or first thing in the a.m., or at the end of a long day—making it particularly good to use before an event. A chilled roller can also help with headaches.
In the alternative, if you need a little help to relax, you can warm your roller by dipping it in hot water for 30 seconds, and then use the roller over a serum, face cream, or mask.
But, what does face rolling really do?
Beyond just feeling good, there is some evidence that massaging your face with a roller may boost circulation, reduce puffiness, and tighten your skin.
There may be a link between regular facial massage and firmer skin. A 2017 study found that massaging skin tissue for one minute twice a day increased levels of proteins in that tissue after 10 days, compared to skin that did not receive this treatment.
The same researchers also tested a massage device on 20 women for 8 weeks. One group applied an anti-aging cream and used the device daily, while another group only used the cream.
At the end of the study, the researchers concluded that visible wrinkles had improved more in the group that used the massage device.
Rules of the roll
- Start with a clean face.
- Apply a face oil, serum, or cream… this provides lubrication.
- Start with upward movements from the neck, using gentle but firm pressure. Always roll upwards and in one direction – never roll up and down.
- Repeat up to five upward rolls in each area. First, roll outwards under the jawline to the ear.
- Next, use the face roller to roll out under the cheekbones to the ear.
- Lastly, roll flat along the brows, and then upwards on the forehead.
- Roll for about a minute. If you have any discomfort or pain, reduce the pressure. If discomfort continues, stop.