How did I live so long without a facial roller?
I know that’s dramatic, but have you tried one? It’s seriously indulgent, relaxing and I think it’s helping to give me that extra glow. But let’s back up: what is a facial roller and why would you use one?
Facial rolling is an ancient Chinese ritual that uses a stone roller to firm the skin and encourage lymphatic drainage through massage. If you didn’t know, the lymphatic system is crucial for detoxification as it removes waste and unwanted materials from the body. Relating directly to the face, if the lymphatic system is blocked or stagnant, you can experience acne, puffiness and other unpleasantries. And here’s the kicker - unlike your heart, the lymphatic system doesn’t have its own built-in pump to keep things flowing. It needs manual stimulation like exercise, dry brushing, inversions and you guessed it: massage.
Back to facial rolling. I recently created some illustrations for the packaging on Ginger June Candle Co’s roller line. I had wanted a roller for quite some time and decided this was finally the time to purchase one (rose quartz to be exact). And boy, am I glad I did. You know that feeling you get during a massage when you’re so relaxed you melt? How stress in your entire body vanishes? How your skin tingles afterwards and your whole being just seems to vibe higher? Well, same with this. Plus it does quite a good job of relieving sinus pressure and encouraging movement there, so take that pollen. It’s absolutely my new favorite beauty/wellness tool and I’ve been singing its praises to anyone and everyone.
Need to know more? I’ve got you covered.
Here’s how to incorporate it into your skincare routine:
(I don’t use it every day because lazy. You can start with a few times a week or do it whenever you get inspired. You probably won’t overdo it, so just go with what feels good.
And here’s how to actually use it:
(Except for the first strokes on the throat, you want to think “up and out” for everything else. I like to do fewer and faster passes for each section in the morning for a more invigorating feel and more slower passes at night to lull me into relaxation. Also, I know you’re a smart cookie, but please use your judgement here. Avoid areas that have active, inflamed cystic acne or any other issues that don’t need any extra pressure.)
Bonus: sometimes I’ll hit the whole décolletage from collarbones to upper chest to neck just because it feels so darn good. I’m telling you - can’t live without it.
Who else is a fan of facial rolling? Do you have any good tricks to share? If you’d like to get the one I have (which gives you a roller and some Sage Glow Studio art ☺️), shop here*.
*not sponsored, just obsessed