I Tried Using a Rose Quartz Face Roller for Vibrant Skin—And Here’s What Happened
When I was eight months pregnant, I remember thinking, “Gosh, if only this pregnancy glow could last forever.” My breakout prone skin was suddenly vibrant and clear, and I was milking it for all it’s worth.
But alas, all good things must come to an end, and with a combination of postpartum hormones and motherhood fatigue my once glowing skin was back to feeling rather, well, dull.
My Problem: Dull Skin After Pregnancy
While I’m a big fan of spa facials and getting my beauty sleep (seriously it’s important), I wanted something realistic that I could do on the daily. And it seems face rolling has created quite the hype among wellness influencers on the ‘gram, so I figured I’d give it a go myself.
New to the face rolling craze? Believe it or not, this beauty trend has actually been around for quite some time. Stemming from ancient Chinese Medicine, a face roller is a pretty little paint-roller-esque tool that gently massages the skin.
The rolling motion supposedly stimulates the outer layer of the skin, improving blood circulation, skin tone and lymphatic drainage. It’s also been touted to relax the muscles, reduce puffiness and release toxins, resulting in a brighter complexion. Um, sign me up!
While face rollers undoubtedly make for a beautiful Instagram feed, I decided to put it to the test to see if they really worked for beautiful skin. Here’s what happened.
The Solution: A Rose Quartz Face Roller
I was already familiar with the practice, but who knew there were so many different types of face rollers on the market? Stone, microneedling, wand-style and beyond! After a little research, I came across a 2-in-1 Rose Quartz Roller and Gua Sha combo to kill two birds with one (healing) stone. Hey, my skin needed all the love it could get!
While there are dozens to choose from, the one I landed on is by MIKACARE. It came in a beautiful pink box, including a double-sided roller and gua sha tool, both hand-crafted with 100 percent premium rose quartz.
Most rollers are traditionally made from jade, but this one touted similar benefits with the added beauty of rose quartz—a symbol of love. Plus it also included a gua sha tool to help amplify the results. I was sold.
The Treatment: Daily Face Rolling with Rose Quartz
I was so excited the first time I opened up my pretty pink box, like a little kid on Christmas! While I was eager to go to town right away (after all, I had seen my fair share of Instagram Stories highlighting the tool), I decided to read the directions first. I learned that it’s best to cleanse your skin first, followed by applying your favorite facial oil—jojoba, in my case.
After I oiled up, I did as the directions said: I started by rolling downwards on the neck then worked my way up, rolling outwards—from jawline to cheeks, chin to ear, nose toward ear, and lastly forehead to temple. For the delicate areas around the eyes, it’s best to use the smaller side of the roller. (Spoiler: this was my absolute favorite part for soothing tired eyes!)
I loved how simple it was to use, and it quickly became a habitual part of my morning routine. Once I got the hang of it after a few days, I decided to kick things up a notch by placing the roller in the fridge before use, which was a total game-changer. Think instant cooling without the mess of eye gel or cucumbers.
Cleaning the roller couldn’t have been easier too; just take a damp cloth and wipe. Quick note: If you’re clumsy like me, I recommend face-rolling in a carpeted area as they’re breakable and I had a few close calls. Fortunately, my face roller survived!
While I’d had my face roller on the shelf as an occasional self-care treat, I decided to get serious and use it daily for three weeks straight to see if I noticed a difference in my skin.
The Results: Face Rolling Feels Really Good
Right off the bat, I felt much more awake—like a shot of espresso without the buzz—and my eyes felt less puffy. As a tired mama who doesn’t have a ton of time in the morning, this was a big win for me.
About a week in, I gleefully skipped over to my husband one Sunday morning, mid-roll, and asked if he could tell which side of my face I did. When he guessed the left (after only rolling the right), I knew we had a little work to do. Not really the answer I was hoping for but I wasn’t giving up just yet!
As the days went by, I began really looking forward to my morning face-rolling sesh. It became an integral part of my morning routine and was almost therapeutic for me. There’s something meditative about the repetitive rolling sensation—and I wanted more. As an added bonus, it really helped to evenly disperse face oil without it getting all over my fingers. Win, win!
When the three weeks were up, I took a good honest look at my face in the mirror to see if there were any noticeable improvements. At the end of the day, I’d say my husband’s reaction pretty much sums up my face rolling experiment: it feels really good, but isn’t necessarily noticeable to others.
However for me, that glowing feeling is worth the 20 bucks, and just like my gratitude journal, I plan to keep face-rolling as a special part of my morning routine.
Interested in how other beauty treatments you see on Instagram compare to real life results? Our writer tried Follain’s skin quiz—read what happened here.