The world of skincare is endless. There are just so many steps! products! tools! and info! And I’m here to add another tool to your arsenal—you’ll thank me for it later—a facial roller. You're probably thinking: wtf is a facial roller and why do I need one? Well, you know all those fancy jade rollers you see looking pretty on your Instagram feed? Those are worthwhile, believe it or not.
“Jade facial rollers have been used to massage the skin since the 17th century in China,” says dermatologist Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, M.D., clinical attending at NYU Langone and Mount Sinai Hospital. Facial rollers are known to remove toxins from the skin, smooth fine lines, decrease dark circles and under-eye bags, ease tension headaches, calm inflammation, heal breakouts, brighten skin, and create an overall feeling of “zen.”
“Jade rolling may increase some level of lymphatic drainage in the face, which can temporarily reduce swelling,” says Dr. Levin. If you’re planning to try jade rolling, the process is simple: Apply a few drops of moisturizer, serum, or oil to your clean, dry face, then gently roll the jade up, down, and all across your skin until the product is absorbed.
Marie Claire beauty editors love jade rollers, and facial rollers in general. Scroll on, to find out why.
Maya Allen, Digital Beauty Editor, Loves
“I was recently introduced to this ayurvedic facial massager made of 100-percent wood and the purest copper and aluminum. Even holding this gorgeous wand in my hand makes me feel like I'm about to perform a magic trick...on my face. I delicately massage it onto the pressure points of my face in circular motions and it detoxifies and drains my skin of unwanted puffiness and tension. I like to bathe my face in serums and then work them in even deeper with this magic wand.” —M.A.
Taylore Glynn, Associate Beauty & Health Editor, Loves
“After consuming a pile of crab dumplings and one too many glasses of Pinot, the pinchy-pull of this roller is the only thing that helps me de-puff fast. The rotating orbs help usher all the toxins in my soy-sauce jowls through my lymphatic system, and I can adjust the intensity depending on how I angle the tool. My boyfriend has started requesting that we ‘roll’ in the morning—and he doesn’t mean getting high.” —T. G.
Tatjana Freund, Beauty Assistant, Loves
"All I want out of any facial tool is to feel like my jawline and cheekbones will emerge from my face and leave me feeling like how I imagine Angelina Jolie feels every day. This roller is perfect for those contours and I always feel like my facial features are more pronounced after using it. Plus, it somehow always feels cold and leaves me feeling awake and refreshed when I use it in the morning." — T.F.
Chelsea Hall, Assistant Beauty and Fashion Editor, Loves
"This vibrating face massager, with a jade micro-element tip, is my go-to tool after a long day. Incorporating this element into my nighttime routine is the most therapeutic way to de-stress my skin. The vibrating sensation not only puts me in a meditative state right before bed, but it works in all of my serums and serves as a quick and easy at-home lymphatic drainage massage." — C.H.
Hana Hong, Former Beauty Assistant, Loves
“I’m not totally sold on the idea that rolling stones on your face has healing properties, but I can’t deny that it gives one hell of a lymphatic massage. I keep mine in my skincare fridge and use it every morning to depuff my tired face and seal in my serums. This rose quartz roller from BeautyBio is my all-time favorite—unlike a lot of rollers out there, it feels weighty and it’s built sturdy so you don’t hear that annoying squeaking when you glide it across your face. Costs a bit more than other face rollers, but totally worth it.” —H.H.
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