If you suffer from puffiness, fine lines, sagging or spots, you need to know about face rollers. I know that it seems a little extreme and maniacal. In some ways, it is. I often find myself sitting at my desk casually reading an article and rolling my face. Really. I read and roll. But that’s the beauty of the face roller. You may look a little barking while you’re using it, but it is the beauty tool which doesn’t run out, travels easily and serves a myriad of beauty-purposes.
Eve Lom famously espouses the virtue of lymphatic drainage massage which is part of her facial, but with a roller you can achieve it with ease at home. Aiding the lymph system in transporting fluid and fatty acids will help relieve your face and neck of toxins which can be responsible for lots of nasties from puffiness to infections. Aiding the elimination of fluid retention can help improve the immune system immensely.
Rollers also help with muscle tone. That horrid lowering of the face through ageing is part gravity, and part facial muscles becoming slack. Rolling them helps to tone and strengthen the contours of the face. Aside from the above, a good roller will aid absorption of products to the skin. Whether applying your cleanser or moisturiser, doing so with a tool pushes the product that much deeper into the skin, and will therefore provide a better result.
My favourite two rollers both see to the above but differ on other fronts:
1) Yuroll’s jade roller. As used by Kate Moss, Lily Cole, Debbie Harry and countless others, this roller is initially cool to the touch and is a dab hand at dispelling signs of late nights out. The two-headed version has one side to tackle eyes (regular use is really good for dark circles and bags), and the other side can iron out other face strains. It is particularly good on hot summer’s days in offices and if you tend to hold tension on your brow. Apparently these are massively popular with the aforementioned A-listers on long haul flights and I know why – not only does it feel good but it will leave your skin very smooth.
2) Sarah Chapman’s Facialift. This really is good if you tend to hold weight in the lower part of your face. It looks like it might just massage, and massage it does, but it is really quite hardcore, and feels like a firm hand giving a face massage. It works wonders if you tend to get congestion around your jaw. I use this on my neck when I feel tense, and it melts facial muscles. Use it at night to rub cleanser in, then give it a rinse and use it for your night cream or oil. I also use mine in the morning, and whenever my skin looks tired.
If you want your skin products to just go that little bit further without having to head to the spa, a face roller is the best way. There is only one downside – these are so good you’ll wonder why there isn’t a body version. I am petitioning violently on your behalf, trust me.