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When you think of rollers you typically think of the heated hair-tool kind or perhaps those foamy ones for adding a lick of paint to your home. But the skincare kind? Not so common. However, beauty brands, and facialists alike, are championing the benefits of using one and it’s set in motion an unstoppable movement.
You’ve no doubt seen the green jade rollers all over your Instagram, they’re hailed for de-puffing, sculpting, retexturing the skin and improving the performance of your skincare products - a myriad of benefits if you will. There are plenty of types to choose from depending on your skin’s needs, so we tested them out to help match you up with the best ones for you. Ready to roll? Let’s go…
The best facial roller for retexturing your skin
Nothing, and I mean nothing, has made more of a difference to my skin than this. And don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt or draw blood. This micro-needling roller has over 500 tiny needles that painlessly stimulate the skin’s own recovery process, increasing collagen production to plump skin, smooth out wrinkles and improve skin texture and tone. How does it do all that, I hear you ask? It creates micro-injuries in the skin that tricks the cell into regenerating faster. What’s more, the needles actually create tiny microchannels in the upper layers of your skin, meaning anything you apply after the treatment is absorbed even better. As you roll, it vibrates to stimulate skin at the deepest levels, while the red LED light helps heal inflammation. I paired three GloPRO treatments per week with a hyaluronic acid serum and my skin has never felt so plumped. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also helped to smooth out the rough skin texture on my chin from a bad bout of acne and I’ve noticed my products performing way better. There are separate attachments for eyes, lips and body too, so all bases are covered.
The best facial roller for detoxifying your skin
Sarah Chapman is one of the most sought-after facialists in London and, although we might not be able to bag a regular appointment with the lady herself (a girl can dream), she rather generously developed a facial roller that mimics the magical movements from her facials. Result. Shaped like a wishbone with 48 nodules on either side, this massager roller is designed for use around the chin, jaw and neck to lift, tone and improve circulation, all while aiding the process of lymphatic drainage to clear blemish-causing toxins from the area. After a few uses I could feel the tension in my jaw reducing and I noticed that my skin looked less congested around my chin too. Use it with the Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse to detoxify the complexion or with Skinthesis Overnight Facial to heighten its renewing, skin-plumping effects.
The best facial roller to de-puff tired eyes
Small but mighty, this hand-carved jade roller works to eliminate excess fluid from the eye area, making it a great antidote to a puffy post-Prosecco face. Based on age-old Chinese beauty traditions, the jade stone is not only incredibly cooling, but it helps boost circulation, drain away excess eye baggage and smooth the skin’s appearance. I love to use it alongside my Trilogy Very Gentle Eye Cream to soothe my irritated eyes. It’s also nimble enough to massage around the brow and temples to relieve tension headaches and pummel away frown lines.
The best facial roller for defining and sculpting
Good god this is satisfying to use. It’s got something to do with the way it tightens your chin as you roll it up towards your ears. I use this just before I get into bed – I apply a nourishing face oil, by current favourite is Vintner’s Daughter, which gives my skin the slip the roller needs. I do each side five times, for about 30 - 40 seconds. The other glorious time that I use it is after a heavy night, when I’m so hungover even the TV hurts my eyes. I’m not sure why, but somehow rolling my jawline repeatedly feels detoxifying. For an extra special morning-after-the-night-before treat, I keep it in the fridge so that it cools down my overheated skin.
The best facial roller for improving skin tone
I don’t follow any of the Kardashians on Instagram and I’m incredibly proud of that. I don’t believe Chicago is a real name for a child and I don’t think ‘realising’ is a legitimate New Year’s resolution. Sue me. However, I hasten to agree with them when it comes to this product. If you do follow any of them on social media, you might have already spotted this guy. The sisters love Nurse Jamie’s UpLift tool for the way that it helps improve the quality of skin. It can actually be used pretty much anywhere – all over the face and even your décolletage, legs and tops of the arms. The combination of the tourmaline quartz (said to detoxify and improve circulation) and the rhythmic rolling motion increases blood flow to the area, which improves skin tone and tightness. It’s a doddle to use and you don’t need an oil to get it to move. I’m thinking of keeping it in my handbag for on the toning.
Speaking of beauty tools, have you seen this acne-busting gadget?