Face Rolling Facts and Benefits
You may have seen this latest beauty trend on your Instagram feed or maybe influenced by your girlfriends, either in the shape of a roller with a handle attached, or a little handheld angled tool in the shape of a heart or shaped to contour the face with angles and wedges, all either in rose quartz or marble-like material.
We want to find out what benefits this product free beauty tool can provide and if it’s worth investing. We’re going to look at face rollers and gua sha so you can choose which one, if any at all, will benefit you the most.
Gua sha is an ancient Chinese practice for energy flow and blood circulation. The technique can be used on the whole body and is traditionally quite vigorous, using a flat tool, the skin is scraped.
The act of rolling involves using the tool to firmly scrape the skin on the face to promote blood flow and energy redirection. The benefits are bright, improved skin, reducing puffiness, smoothing the look of fine lines and wrinkles and promoting lymphatic drainage to help eliminate toxins and enhance your products. The tool has been plucked out of the history books and now on the top shelves of beauty stores and online articles galore.
The long term effect of this practise results in better skin, blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and skin elasticity are all improved, while things like muscle tensions and wrinkles are reduced…now that is music to our ears. A hot tip is to use light pressure to start with, it’s meant to be relaxing and not hurt! Start from the centre of the face and work around, every day for about three minutes will do the trick. Follow this diagram for easy application!
Here’s an affordable one, good to start off with; Gua Sha Rose Quartz Tool
Here is a full set of tools in different shapes: Gua Sha Tool Set
JADE OR ROSE QUARTZ FACE ROLLER
These face rollers are typically made of jade or rose quartz. Some have two roller balls and some look like a tiny rolling pin (with rollers of varying sizes fixed to both ends of the handle) and some have a flat end like this Kenzina 2 in 1 Face Roller here (use RAYNELOVES if you want to try). Like the Gua Sha it comes reeling with benefits;
- Improves blood circulation in the face. Using a face roller can stimulate blood flow to the face, which can make your skin look brighter and feel firmer.
- Decreases puffiness. Rolling may also decrease puffiness (like hard-to-handle under-eye bags) by stimulating lymphatic drainage.
- Cools and soothes your skin. If you store your roller in the refrigerator or use a naturally cold stone like jade, it’ll cool the skin on contact. This can quickly de-puff your skin and tighten pores.
- Distributes skincare product. Rollers are typically used with an oil or moisturizer to help the tool glide across your skin. It’s said this process can deliver product deeper into your skin.
With the face roller, you can use it after you apply your face oil, serum or moisturiser, helping it glide across the skin easily. You can even use it with a sheet face mask on the skin. Start at the neck and roll upward, rolling up rather than back and forth for a few minutes daily. It can be made from rose quartz, jade and amethyst so make sure to get the real deal to see maximum benefits, you will know as it should be cool to touch. And speaking of cool to the touch, you can also put these in the fridge to use the ultimate beauty de-puffing cooling tool.
We have been using a Kenzina 2 in 1 Rose Quartz Face Roller linked here as it has the benefits of both the roller and the Gua Sha. Use the code RAYNELOVES for a discount.
Meccas have a great range here: www.mecca.com.au
These are two great tools to get started on your rolling journey, the Gua Sha more suited for a releasing massage and the jade roller to promote circulation and lymphatic drainage but all in all we love them. It’s a great, low-cost way to keep up the beauty maintenance for both your sin and your circulation.
Have you used one before? Let us know below or which method you’ll be trying first!