The Skincare Benefits of Face Rollers — Plus, How to Use Them

December 20, 2023 by L'Oréal
By: by L'Oréal | by L'Oréal
person using a face roller on their cheek

Facial rollers have become very popular for their ability to do everything from helping to reduce under-eye swelling and promote lymphatic drainage to helping products better absorb into the skin.They even are known to provide indulgent face massages. Aside from the beauty benefits of face rollers, crystal therapy enthusiasts laud their therapeutic uses, too. Different gemstones correspond with various elements (jade is said to represent peace and harmony) — making facial rollers an enlightening addition to your morning or night routine. 

We tapped FaceGym founder Inge Theron to help us better understand the benefits of face rollers, plus how to use them. And don’t forget to keep scrolling for a roundup of  editor-approved face rollers.

What Is a Face Roller?

A face roller is a tool that is “used to roll over the skin to massage, stimulate circulation and potentially enhance the absorption of skincare products,” says Theron. Beyond those basic qualities, face rollers can come in different sizes and be made from different materials. 

The Benefits of Using a Face Roller

According to Theron, the benefits of skincare benefits of face rolling include “reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, improved skin texture and radiance, reduction in hyperpigmentation, minimized pore size —  and it also helps in the absorption of skincare products.” Not to mention massaging your face can be a relaxing way to practice self-care.

Types of Face Rollers

There are several different types of face rollers and you can choose the right one for you based on your skincare goals. Popular types of face rollers include jade, rose quartz, gua sha stones and metal face rollers. “At FaceGym, we offer three different types of Active Rollers that are a 2-in-1 skincare micro-needling tool, which are Hydrating, Brightening and Youthful,” Theron adds. “Each roller is infused with over 3,000 active-infused, crystalized dissolving (non-invasive) microneedles that allow for a targeted treatment of specific skincare concerns from hyperpigmentation, dehydration and dullness to aging, redness and uneven texture.”

How to Use a Face Roller

Step 1: Cleanse Your Skin

Before face rolling, prep your skin by washing your face with a cleanser. Theron recommends using your face roller on damp skin. 

Step 2: Use the Roller in Upwards Motions

To properly use a face roller, you’ll want to roll “all over the face and neck using upwards and outwards motions, avoiding the delicate eye area,” says Theron.

Step 3: Apply a Serum, Then Continue to Roll

“To really amplify results, after rolling on damp skin, apply your favorite serum,” Theron recommends. (We love the Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Oil.) After applying your serum, continue using your face roller for about five minutes.

Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Oil

How Often Should You Use a Face Roller?

“We recommend using our Active Rollers either once or twice a week,” says Theron. With traditional face rollers, such as jade rollers, you can essentially use them as frequently as you want, up to once a day.

How Long Should Each Session Last?

As for how long each face rolling session should last, try to aim for around five to ten minutes. They key is to gently roll over the surface of your skin — your motions should never be aggressive.

Editor-Approved Face Rollers

FaceGym Hydrating Active Roller

If you want to boost the hydration of your skin, consider the FaceGym Hydrating Active Roller. The disposable roller heads are infused with effective skincare ingredients including hyaluronic acid and peptides to moisturize your skin.

FaceGym Hydrating Active Roller

Deciniee Jade Roller For Face

If you want a gua-sha-and-quartz-roller combo for under $25, then give the Deciniee Jade Roller a spin. You can grab this one via Amazon Prime, so add to cart and expect this beauty in two days or less.

Deciniee Jade Roller For Face

Province Apothecary Dual Action Face Roller

While many face rollers are dual ended, the Province Apothecary Dual Action Face Roller takes it to the next level. One side is smooth and the other is studded, which is designed to improve muscle function, tone skin and gently exfoliate without breaking the surface.

Province Apothecary Dual Action Face Roller
Photographer: Nelson Huang

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