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Skin Care Benefits of Ice Rolling Your Face

Skin Care Benefits of Ice Rolling Your Face

The benefits of using a roller as part of your skin care routine are becoming common knowledge.

But did you know that using an ice roller on your face combines all of the advantages of a traditional skin roller with the benefits of cryotherapy?

Let's talk about how this skin care tool works and discuss the benefits of ice rolling your face.

How can using a skin roller benefit your skin?

When used correctly, facial rollers can help improve blood flow and promote lymphatic drainage. These benefits translate into healthier, more radiant skin with less visible bags and puffiness. 

Skin rollers can also encourage deeper product absorption. When you start with a clean face (to open up your pores and cleanse them of debris and oil), you can apply serums directly to your skin. Give them a minute to fully absorb, then glide your roller over the skin — this'll encourage them to penetrate more deeply. 

When your skin care products fully absorb, they can be even more effective. But remember to clean your face rollers before and after every use to ensure you aren’t transferring bacteria back onto a clean face.

Why add ice?

Ice therapy, often referred to as cryotherapy, has been used in the medical community for decades — from helping athletes recover to lowering fevers. Overall, ice helps reduce swelling, promotes soft tissue healing and can even decrease pain when used safely. 

If you've ever used a facial roller to help de-puff or reduce under-eye bags, wait until you add ice. Not only does the roller help to encourage lymphatic drainage, but the cold temperature helps to constrict the blood vessels and further reduce puffiness. 

Ice rollers can also help if you have a sunburn or a painful blemish. Plus, facial rollers just feel amazing — especially on a hot day! 

How to use an ice roller

When using an ice roller, start by letting it sit in the freezer for at least 15 minutes, and then test it on the inside of your wrist to make sure the temperature isn’t too cold. From there, your technique will vary depending on your goals. 

Many people find it's most efficient to start in the center of their face and slowly roll outward. You can use very light to firm pressure, although you’ll want to be more gentle with the skin in the under-eye area. 

Ice rollers are safe to use daily for as long as you need, although most people use them for an average of about 10 minutes at a time. However, just like other facial rollers, you must take the time to clean your ice roller once you’re done using it. 

Anything that contacts your skin can pick up bacteria, so washing it with a soft washcloth and a little gentle soap and water can help — especially if you’re prone to breakouts. 

What else can I do to keep my skin looking and feeling its best? 

The benefits of ice rolling your face include a healthy glow, a more sculpted look and a decrease in the visibility of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles. However, ice rollers aren’t the only way you can improve your skin.

If glowing skin is your goal, consider treatments that promote skin hydration and collagen production. Skinvive is a hyaluronic acid skin booster that not only hydrates and improves radiance, but also smooths and plumps skin. Microneedling treatments stimulate collagen production and cell turnover to even out texture and tone.

Dermal fillers, like Juvederm and Restylane, can instantly add natural-looking volume and help sculpt your face. Sculptra can also provide similar results over time, stimulating natural collagen production in the skin to improve skin fitness and reduce laxity.

If you’re concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, we can help with that, too. Botox and Dysport can soften and tighten expression lines, while chemical peels can help smooth and resurface your complexion.

Along with a supportive skin care routine, regularly using an ice roller can help improve overall skin health and reveal a brighter, smoother, more youthful-looking complexion. Just don’t forget to use moisturizer and sunscreen — hydration and protecting your skin from damaging ultraviolet radiation are crucial in getting results and keeping your skin healthy.

To summarize... 

If you’re looking for a way to reduce puffiness (especially in the under-eye area) and make your skin appear even more radiant and youthful, an ice roller may be exactly what you need. For more options for skin care products and cosmetic treatments to help you look and feel your best, Skin Pharm is here for you! 

We’d love to help walk you through your options and create a personalized skin care plan to help you reach your goals. Schedule a consultation with us to get started!


Gua‐sha, Jade Roller, and Facial Massage: Are there benefits within dermatology? - Hamp - 2023

Whole-Body Cryotherapy in Athletes: From Therapy to Stimulation. An Updated Review of the Literature | PubMed

Do ice facials actually work? We asked experts. | National Geographic

Hyaluronic acid: A key molecule in skin aging - PubMed


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