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 us some jade rollers, and facial rollers in general. Here’s why.
Jennifer Goldstein, Beauty & Health Director, Loves
MDNA Skin's The Beauty Roller
“This roller doesn’t just roll; it also pinches, massages, and kneads in the best way possible. The two rotating balls are positioned to gently—very gently, I swear!—pull your skin up and in as you roll it across your face, so you get the same type of effect you would from a facialist giving you one of those fancy lymphatic facial massages. I use it in the morning after a late night out and it makes me look plump and glowy and wide awake.” —J.G.
Taylore Glynn, Associate Beauty & Health Editor, Loves
Joanna Czech's Facial Massager
“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.
Hana Hong, Beauty Assistant, Loves
BeautyBio's Rose Quartz Roller
“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.
Maya Allen, Digital Beauty Editor, Loves
Fourth Ray Beauty's Rose Gold Face Massager
“I keep this shiny rose gold roller chilly in my freezer. After a hot bath, my favorite thing to do to cool down my steaming-hot pores is to glide this across every crevice of my face. Sure, it does all the normal things: depuffs, drains my lymph nodes, eases tension, etc. But I’m actually highly addicted to the meditative sensation of the vibrating twin balls. This thing pushes products even deeper into my skin barrier and puts me right to sleep.” —M.A.
Ranavat's Kansa Wand
“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.
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