Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard of face rollers. There are jade rollers, rose quartz rollers, reflexology rollers and of course, microneedling—but what the heck do they all do? And how do you know which one is right for your skin? Here’s your go-to guide to unpacking the mystery of these fun facial tools:
The holy grail and MVP of facial rollers, jade rollers have shot to remarkable popularity in recent years. In Chinese culture, jade is known as the stone of beauty and eternal youth, and they believe that rolling it across your face helps to move stagnant energy (known as Qi) and toxins, increase collagen production in the skin and stimulate blood circulation to aid in detoxification and lymphatic drainage.
Using a jade roller is also believed to help relax facial muscles and help your products absorb better; which means fewer wrinkles down the track. Eternal youth hit us up!
Believed to be the stone of love, joy and healing, rose quartz is said to hold powerful energy that works to anti-age and keep the complexion clear. According to Argan Republic, “rose quartz is packed full of minerals, including magnesium, iron, sodium and oxygen. It has an amazing ability to reduce inflammation and support the renewal of skin cells, plus, it heals and rejuvenates. Rose quartz facial rollers are also good for the heart and circulation, bringing oxygen to the skin which improves tone, lustre and glow.”
Sounds weird, looks kinda weird, but actually works wonders for your skin. Created as an alternative to facial acupuncture, and again with the aim to keep stagnant energy flowing throughout the body, facial reflexology tools were born. The tools are intended to balance yin and yang energies; with an excess of yin energy often leading to breakouts, cystic acne and excessive oil production, and an excess of yang energy leading to dry, red and inflamed skin. Who knew?!
Hailed as being the natural answer to botox, gua sha encourages lymph detoxification; a lack of which leads to sluggish skin-cell turnover. Because gua sha works to rejuvenate the skin and increase circulation, it’s the perfect antidote to Mother Nature’s wily ways.
Gua sha goes deeper than jade rolling and revolves around applying medium to heavy pressure with a gentle glide and pull motion across the face. Directionality is key, as the practice is intended to work with the meridians of the body, which are a cornerstone of Chinese medicine. The practice also stimulates chi energy, which puts you in a deeply relaxing state; meaning you get all of the benefits of tapping into your parasympathetic nervous system to boot.
‘Cause you actually don’t need to go for expensive treatments—there are plenty of micro needling tools on the market, known as dermarollers. The practice involves creating teeny-tiny, microscopic holes in the skin, which creates superficial trauma to the skin in order to kick-start the repair process and stimulates collagen production. Results tend to include a reduction in lines, scarring (a great option for if you have acne scars) and pigmentation, as well as an overall improvement in skin tone and texture.
While it’s definitely slightly less relaxing than the other facial rolling tools mentioned, dermarolling can be a great addition to a skincare routine—just make sure you keep a sanitiser on hand and keep your face and the tool super clean, as the process involves drawing blood. Away you go!