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
"Jade rollers are nice, but I’ve always needed something a little more. This weighty tool is my morning-after savior to cure my one-glass-too-many puffiness. Or, even when it’s that time of the month and my face is looking a little less lifted than usual. The grip makes it easy to glide and roll this on every part of my face for a lymphatic drainage massage. It does all of the good things: stimulate collagen, enhance blood flow, increase cell turnover, and boost elasticity. Afterwards, my skin looks sculpted and the natural contours of my face a bit more prominent." —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. Even better, it massages my jaw almost as well as a pro, which helps me loosen up after a long day.” —T. G.
Ying Chu, Beauty & Health Director, Loves
"Cheekbones. A defined jawline. Well-rested eyes. I used to have all these things. That was, until I started chasing toddlers (mine) for much of my days, and some of my nights. Thankfully, I have Joanna Czech’s Facial Massager, which I strategically store in my fridge. When I’m brewing morning beverages, out it comes to roll, chill, depuff, and contour my face and get everything moving again. (I love how the large orbs cover a lot of territory, and fast; Joanna recommends seven minutes but most mornings I can solidly commit to five.) By the time I’ve downed my second cup, my skin looks brighter, tighter, and more clear—almost as if I’ve had a full night’s slumber." —Y.C.
Tatjana Freund, Beauty Assistant, Loves
"This gold tool is so gorgeous that I would probably enjoy just having it on my shelf, even if I didn’t use it. This tool is my best friend when I pair it with a sheet mask. Sheet masks never sit well on my face, so I use this gold bar to smooth over areas of the mask that are folded over or wrinkled and really absorb the products into my skin. Post-mask, I run this tool along my jawline, cheekbones, and brow-bone for extra definition." — T.F.
Chelsea Hall, Assistant Beauty and Fashion Editor, Loves
"I just started incorporating ice globes into my morning routine and I have to admit that my skin has benefitted greatly. For the best de-puffing results I glide these cryo freeze tools (fresh out of my fridge) along my eye and cheek contours each morning after applying my vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serums." — C.H.