Fun fact: My $12 ice roller from Amazon has been my #1 bestselling product for months now. ?I’m not surprised–every millennial woman I know is talking about ice rolling. After my friend Krista got one, I was intrigued and decided to add it to my next Prime order. I have to say, it’s one of my absolute favorite impulse buys I’ve made in a long time.
That being said, I get a LOT of questions about ice rolling, so I decided it was time to do a little Beauty Q&A post all about it!
**Make sure to scroll all the way to the end, because I’m always giving one away to one of YOU GUYS!
First, the obvious:
What is an ice roller? What does an ice roller do?
An ice roller is kind of what it sounds like–a device that you roll over your face. Depending on the model, it can either be filled with water/gel on the inside (like mine is!) so it’s freezable, or there is also the stainless steel ice roller so it gets SUPER cold. It’s just personal preference I guess–I have not tried the stainless steel version!
You put it in the freezer and use it every day as part of your skincare routine or at the very least, keep it in there and pull it out for a spa-like treatment you can do at home!
Benefits of Ice Rolling: Short term benefits:
There are a lot of benefits to ice rolling! Basically, an ice roller is going to help anything that ice, or massage, would also help. Just in the comfort of your own home and for only $12. ?
Lymphatic drainage and De-Puffing:
You may have heard of lymphatic massage, and this is the same thing, just way cheaper! It aids in increasing blood flow, draining fluid, and therefore, de-puffing your face. This is especially effective on under-eyes right after you’ve woken up. (Especially after a few too many margaritas the night before.) It really helps you look and feel more awake, and is a really nice way to start or end the day.
Soothing and reducing inflammation:
If your skin is super inflamed, whether it’s because it’s acting up or right after you’ve had a facial, an ice roller is the BEST way to help it recover. It’s not only beneficial for breakouts, but again, the massage part will stimulate blood flow and help speed the recovery process and reduce redness.
Help with headaches:
A lot of people say ice rolling their temples helps to alleviate headaches! (Again…back to the hangover part, haha!)
Help products absorb more easily:
This is because ice rollers help stimulate blood flow, and therefore, when used at the end of your skincare routine, they help products absorb even further. (Just make sure you’ve left enough time for them to sink in initially–you don’t want your face oil or eye cream getting all over the roller.)
Long term benefits:
Many say that with regular every day use over time, ice rollers can help reduce wrinkles and prevent aging. (Honestly I can’t speak to that, I don’t use mine religiously twice a day.) Basically I think it’s just worth it for the spa-like experience in itself, but I guess time will tell about the anti-aging part, right?
Does it have the same benefits as the Jade roller?
Basically, yes. You can put your jade roller in the freezer, too! I just don’t think it stays cold for very long. The jade roller is also smaller, so many people like that better because it can get into the smaller parts of your face better as well. I also have a jade roller from Amazon! (I like to keep it in my makeup bag for when I’m traveling or just too lazy to walk to the freezer. ?)
How do you use an ice roller?
You want to make sure you are makeup free, so do this in the morning and/or at night after you’ve applied your products and allowed them to absorb.
Tip: My FAVORITE de-puffing trick to do in the morning: apply my favorite eye cream (it has caffeine for an instant pick-me-up!) let it sink in, and then do the ice roller. The same would work with a jade roller, too! (This is actually what I did before the ice roller.)
You can totally remove the little roll part and only freeze that portion, but I’m lazy, so I just freeze the whole thing. ?Start by rolling your face in sections. Start near your nose and work outward. I like to roll under my eyes, and then let the ice roller just sit stationary under them for a few moments. Sweep it across your forehead.
Do this until it gets warmer in temperature. Then, I wipe it off with a damp paper towel spritzed with a non-toxic cleaner and pop it back in the freezer.
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