Your skincare routine may start with a cleanser and end with a moisturizer, but what happens in the middle of those two very crucial steps is just as important. One in-between step many beauty buffs turn to for its face-sculpting benefits is face rolling. You may have heard of the celebrity-backed step through a barrage of viral TikTok videos, or maybe you've heard your esthetician rave about its depuffing results. Either way, using a face roller is as soothing as it is efficacious, with a range of benefits to support its use. Here are all the details you need to know about using a face roller, including why the rose quartz stone variety reigns supreme and if it's worth the hype.
How do I use a Rose Quartz Face Roller?
Using a rose quartz face roller doesn't come without a set of clear instructions. There's a right—and wrong—way to roll. Even though rose quartz face rollers are cool by nature, many die-hard fans swear by popping their gadget into the refrigerator for 30 minutes before starting the rolling process. This gives a heightened cooling effect that's great for depuffing, energizing, and overall mimicking a spa-like ritual.
Most rose quartz rollers are dual-ended, with the large side meant for areas like the face, forehead, neck, and decollete, and the smaller end best for areas such as around the eyebrows, jawline, chin, and under eye area. To begin using a rose quartz face roller, ensure your skin is cleansed and patted dry. Apply your favorite face oil or serum and use upward and outward strokes to begin rolling your face starting at the nose. As a general rule of thumb, your movements should go from your nose and the center of your face toward your hairline and ear. You should also always roll in one direction and avoid moving the roller back and forth. Keep going over each area until your facial oil or serum has been fully absorbed (usually around five rolls will do the trick). Pressure should be comfortable and moderate—not too hard, not too soft.
Does a Rose Quartz Face Roller Really Work?
In the world of face rollers, there are a number of different crystal types available, ranging from jade to amethyst to rose quartz. While each type of face roller is similar in structure and the general benefits they provide, they differ in their energy-healing properties. For example, jade facial rollers are meant to ward off negativity and are known to be balancing. Amethyst face rollers are said to support healing, stabilize hormones, and eliminate stress. We're partial to rose quartz facial rollers, as rose quartz is the stone of love, helping to regulate one's energy while lending its calming benefits.
But even with their long list of celebrity and skincare expert fans, the question remains: do face rollers actually work? The answer: yes, when done correctly. It's important to move in upward and outward strokes to remove skin-dulling toxins and encourage lymphatic drainage. Face rollers are an alternative to manual facial massages, and over time can help soften the muscles on the face. After all, just like the muscles in your body can get tight, the muscles on your face can, too, and face rollers (like exercising) can help improve their appearance.
How Long Should You Roll Your Face with a Rose Quartz Facial Roller?
From start to end, the face and neck rolling process shouldn't take any more than five minutes, but even if you don't have that much time to spare, you can still reap the de-puffing benefits if you use a massage roller for two to three minutes. You can incorporate the practice into your skincare routine two to three times a week, or nightly for best results. And, because you're rolling over an oil or serum, this allows for better product absorption.
What Should I Do After a Rose Quartz Rolling Session?
After your rose quartz face rolling session, your skin is ready to take on nourishing beauty products. If you didn't use a face oil or serum during your rolling session, now would be the time to apply it. Then, load up on your favorite hydrating moisturizer to seal in all of the benefits. To keep your rose quartz roller clean, gently wipe off any oils or serums with a soft washcloth and warm water (avoid using hot water, as this can damage the stone). You can also use a mild soap or cleanser to rinse off any stubborn product residue. Let it dry on a towel, and store in your refrigerator or a cool, dark place.
Rose Quartz versus Jade Face Rollers
Rose quartz rollers and jade rollers are the two most common massage tools, but which is better to use? Rose quartz is a more durable stone when compared to jade (which is more susceptible to wear and tear)—this means a rose quartz face roller is more likely to last longer than a jade one. Also, a rose quartz roller will maintain its cooling effect (even when rolled onto warm skin) whereas jade will adjust based on your skin's temperature and will warm upon contact.
Is a Rose Quartz Face Roller Good for Acne?
There are a number of reasons as to why acne may form, and genetics and hormonal imbalances have a lot to do with it. While face rollers won't help eliminate acne completely, they still have some benefits. Because a rose quartz face roller remains cool upon contact with the skin, it can offer soothing benefits for acne that's inflamed or irritated. Also, if you're using a product that contains acne-fighting ingredients (read: salicylic acid), a face roller can help increase the absorption (and therefore the benefits) of that treatment, rendering it more effective. Be methodical with your movements and avoid overzealous rolling, as this can lead to more irritation. Finally, especially if you have acne, make sure to wash your rose quartz roller after each use to avoid spreading bacteria over the skin.
Why Should You Do Facial Massages?
One of the main goals of using a rose quartz roller is for its lymphatic massage benefits. When stimulating the lymphatic system, blood flow increases, which helps to minimize the appearance of puffiness, induce a radiant glow, and, of course, evoke a feeling of relaxation. Some face rollers, like the SiO Cryo System, also deliver anti-aging benefits. The Cryodrop tool in this system remains cold even when rolled onto warm skin, and when combined with the Energy Serum, can help significantly reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores.
Instant beauty benefits of using a rose quartz roller include reducing puffiness, improving the penetration of your skincare products, and helping to eliminate toxins that contribute to a dull, lackluster complexion. With consistent use, a facial massage can even help sculpt the skin and give it a beautiful glow.
Giving yourself a facial massage with a rose quartz roller offers more than just relaxation. Adding the beauty tool into your routine will help depuff and refresh your skin after a sleepless night, and it will help you get the most out of your other skincare products. Though a variety of face rolling stones exist, use a rose quartz face roller or the SiO Cryodrop if you're looking for longevity. With the proper technique and consistent use, you'll be able to see the skin-sculpting benefits a rose quartz roller provides.