Why You Should Be Using an Ice Roller On Your Face
Ice rollers for your face — or any face rollers (i.e. jade rollers), frankly — are all the rage in the skin-care space these days. Their claim to fame is simple: Just roll them across your face for an instant solution to at least look less exhausted. Essentially, they give off a de-puffed and lifted effect.
It sounds pretty amazing, but are the skin-care results legit? The short answer from derms is yes. "Face rollers stimulate the lymphatic system and massage the face, helping to get rid of puffiness, toxins, and reduce muscle tension," explains Stacy Chimento, M.D., a dermatologist at Riverchase Dermatology in Miami. Essentially, this massaging action helps to flush out excess fluid, which is what results in a temporary contouring effect, she adds.
And you get some extra benefits when your face roller of choice is cold. "The cooling action constricts blood vessels, which leaves skin looking tighter and temporary decreasing redness, making for an overall fresher and brighter appearance," says Rachel Nazarian, M.D., a dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. (FYI, while ice rollers are great in this case, almost any face roller can be stored in the fridge to achieve a similar effect.) And on top of all of that, face rolling mostly just feels good, making it an enjoyable step in your skin-care routine.
When using an ice roller on your face, make sure you use it in an upward motion, like with most face tools, and begin from the center of your face and move outward. Don't roll it too hard — you shouldn't be applying any pressure to the roller, since you don't want to bruise or irritate the skin. While you can gently roll your delicate under eye area, you shouldn't roll the tops of your eyes in order to avoid injury. (Check out more solutions for banishing puffy eyes here.)
So, when should you be reaching for an ice roller for your face? Keep in mind that all of these effects, while legitimate, are temporary. Face rolling isn't a magic solution to your complexion concerns, though doing so daily can't hurt. That being said, ice rollers for your face are especially great to use any time your skin is inflamed, puffy, or swollen — think, after a late-night out or one too many martinis with a side of fries, says Dr. Nazarian. Similarly, because face rolling does have these skin-enhancing effects, it can be a nice extra prep step before any kind of big event.
Ultimately, you really can roll whenever you want with a few exceptions. Avoid face rolling for two weeks to a month after filler or neurotoxin injections; this is because there's a risk that the rolling can end up pushing the product into an undesired location of the face, cautions Dr. Nazarian. It should also be off-limits during recovery after any type of surgery that leaves a wound. If healing tissue is moved, the wound-edges are less likely to align properly and scarring can be worsened, she adds.
Ready to roll? Ahead, eight of the best ice rollers for your face that are worth trying.