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Brandon Essentials Estheticians Weigh In—What Stone Is Best For A Facial Roller?

The use of facial rollers has been commonly used by spa specialists for quite some time now and has become a growing trend for at-home skin care. If you are new to this trend, you may be wondering what a facial roller is, the benefits it provides, and the differences between the stones of the roller (and if it matters which one you get).

We are here to help answer all your facial roller questions!

What is a facial roller and what benefits does it provide?

A facial roller is much like it sounds; it resembles a rolling pin with a handle on it but on a much smaller scale. You use it by gripping the handle and rolling the stone across your face. It can be used with or without facial products, although we recommend applying your facial moisturizer first to provide a smooth, lubricated glide over your skin.

Facial rollers can provide a series of benefits:

  • Improves lymphatic flow and drainage
  • Increases blood flow
  • Reduces puffiness and inflammation
  • Cools and soothes the skin
  • Provides relaxation and minimizes stress
  • Distributes skincare ingredients more evenly

For more information and instructions on how and when to use a facial roller, follow the steps we’ve outlined in our other blog article about facial rollers (click here).

What materials are available for facial rollers?

Facial rollers are commonly made with a gemstone or crystal set as the rolling pin. The most common stones for facial rollers are:

  • Rose Quartz
  • Jade
  • Amethyst
  • Opal

These types of stones are not very porous, so they are ideal for repeat uses on the face since they do not trap bacteria.

Facial rollers may also be made from professional-grade stainless steel, which are used specifically as a cryo-roller. We’ll get into this more below!

Which Roller Material Is Best For Your Skin?

The roller material best for your skin will depend on the reason for your rolling and the result you desire.

Rose Quartz Face Roller

Rose quartz is a durable stone—it can withstand significant wear and tear (and an accidental drop or two). It is non-porous, so it does not pose a risk of collecting or distributing bacteria. Rose quartz also contains inherent minerals such as magnesium, iron, sodium, oxygen, silicium—minerals that can be passed to the skin as it is rolled across the face. Rose quartz also keeps its cool-to-the-touch temperature, even after multiple rolls across warm skin, which can make a rose quartz facial roller highly beneficial for reducing redness and puffiness of the skin.

Jade Facial Rollers

Jade is great for facial rollers and has been for hundreds of years. This green stone occurs in two forms—nephrite and jadeite—which are often sold under just “jade” but have different defining properties. Nephrite is softer than jadeite, which makes it less valuable than its counterpart (maximizing profits) and more susceptible to damage. Compared to a stone like rose quartz, jade is the softer of the two and nephrite more so.

Using a jade roller elicits the benefits of lymphatic drainage, improved circulation and other benefits of facial rolling; however, jade is known in the metaphysical world to promote tranquility and peace. Jade can help lower mental anguish and bring balance to the heart. On or off a roller, jade is a natural stone that can aid in the body's filtration, helping to remove toxins.

Compared to amethyst rollers, jade is not as smooth and therefore can be a more ideal roller for contouring and lifting.

Amethysts Facial Rollers

Amethyst is one of the most abundant and affordable crystals—commonly used to make jewelry, so it is no surprise to see them on the end of a facial roller. But what benefit does this common crystal hold? On the metaphysical level, amethyst is significant for balancing moods and stress levels while helping to reduce anxiety and irritability. It is viewed as a natural tranquilizer.

This crystal can also be molded into a smoother facial roller, especially compared to a jade roller. This makes it an excellent roller for lymphatic drainage and application of facial products. The stone is reported to have detoxifying properties and, while polished and smooth, still provides excellent natural exfoliation.

Opal Facial Rollers

Opal is frequently replicated in look by glass; however, glass opal-looking facial rollers do not provide the same anti-bacterial, non-porous surface as true opal. Opal is a heavy stone, allowing for more pressure to be applied while performing lymphatic drainage strokes, allowing for better blood flow following the process.

Opal is the least durable of these stone facial rollers, so if yours has experienced several drops or knocks against the sink, then a replacement may be necessary to ensure maximum benefits from your opal facial roller (and to help prevent bacteria build-up in crevices that have formed).

Cryotherapy Facial Rollers

Cryotherapy facial rollers are typically made of a professional-grade stainless steel. These rollers are chilled and rolled across the face. Cryotherapy facial rollers are used to stimulate a collagen response, minimize redness and inflammation, and reduce the visibility of blood vessels. Cryotherapy facial rollers can also boost microcirculation and help reduce fine lines and minimize pores.

The chilly temperature of the roller can also be implemented for pain management and relief of muscle tension.

Brandon Essentials Facial Spa

We implement facial rollers with an assortment of our facial treatments to help our clients achieve the best results—and even better, we offer them for sale at our new Essentials Chic Boutique!

Besides getting the right tools to add to your facial routine, be sure you are also performing the right exercises to strengthen and improve your facial muscles! Check out our blog article regarding facial exercises you can do at home, in the car, or at work: Simple Facial Exercises To Try At Home.

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