Who doesn’t love the feeling of a soothing massage sensation on their skin? While many women believe in the powers of facial massage to depuff and rejuvenate their skin, some are left doubting what skincare to pair their rollers with for best results.
We asked Monika Konczalska M.D Ph.D., an accredited dermatologist and the co-founder behind the Carbonnique facial roller brand, to share her top recommendations about the best skincare products to use while rolling with this sculpting beauty tool.
But first, let’s get into what results facial massaging can actually create for your complexion.
What Facial Massage Really Does For Your Skin
In a nutshell, facial massage stimulates your blood circulation, removes excess fluids and toxins causing puffiness, and stimulates cell growth to encourage healthy new cells. Using a facial roller for a few minutes a day also offers your skin an immediate increase in oxygen flow (aka creating a noticeably radiant flush in color).
You can also think of using a facial roller like rolling out a wrinkled pizza dough—each session with your roller helps flatten out fine lines. It also prevents the formation of new wrinkles, tightens your skin, and helps it regain its bouncy elasticity. While facial rolling is great for immediate results, it also offers long term benefits, increasing collagen production to help you maintain a youthful complexion. So much to love.
One of the best parts of facial rolling is how easy and quick it is! All it takes is several minutes per day, making it effortless to add to your everyday routine. FYI—the length of time for a facial massage actually depends on your unique skin type. To learn the best way to use facial roller to target your personal skin concerns, take our SKIN QUIZ and get personalized recommendations!
The Secret to Making Your Skincare Work More For You
It’s no secret that collagen, a naturally occurring protein created by the body, is vital in keeping the skin looking plump and youthful. Collagen is what makes up the structural foundation of the skin. It’s responsible for making our skin elastic and resilient to many damaging factors like pollution and gravity.
Unfortunately, collagen levels in the skin naturally begin to deplete at about 1% each year in our mid 20’s, with the culmination point around menopause.
So, what does any of this have to do with facial rolling? For starters, one of the most important benefits of face massage is a boost in circulation since it helps to stimulate natural collagen production beneath the surface of your skin. But that’s not all.
It turns out, massaging your face after applying skincare products has actually been proven to increase the effectiveness of the active ingredients in your skincare products. That’s big news.
To take advantage of this, we highly recommend finishing your massage in gentle criss-cross movements to help your skincare products penetrate deeper into your skin. Watch this video to see how it’s done.
Which Skincare Products Should I Use With My Facial Roller?
It’s absolutely essential to lubricate your skin with a product before starting your facial massage. Giving your skin some slip makes the roller not only feel more enjoyable, but it also prevents any hard tugging on your delicate complexion.
Use your favorite moisturizer or facial oil before your next DIY facial massage session. I recommend non-comedogenic, lightweight skincare products for your massages as they’re known to work the best with a roller.
For a facial massage that feels up to bar with one you’d experience with an esthetician, the Carbonnique roller is designed to mimic the index and middle finger knuckles, so as you glide it along your jaw, you can feel it sweeping firmly along your jawline for a visibly beautiful contour effect.My favorite combination for face rolling is pairing a moisturizing serum with hyaluronic acid (like Vichy Mineral 89) with few drops of our rejuvenating Carbonnique Rosehip Oil. I also love the plumping effects I experience after using hydrating products like The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Osea Hyaluronic Sea Serum and the SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier.
How to Prep Your Skin Before Rolling
Always remember to wash your face and make sure your roller is clean before starting.
Next, take 2-3 drops of your favorite facial oil (we love rosehip) and mix it with your hyaluronic acid serum before applying it evenly to your face and neck. Now you’re ready to roll!
Why Rosehip Oil & Facial Rolling is the Best Combo
From the moment I discovered the beneficial power of rosehip oil, I’ve been using it in my daily routine. Rosehip is known to deeply moisturize, soften, smooth, and nourish the skin. They also provide valuable vitamins: A, C, E, essential fatty acids, and even essential skin minerals. What’s more, they soothe irritation and have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Rosehip oil can easily replace a face cream and leave your skin with even more moisture retention. This is because its oil has no hygroscopic properties and works to protect the skin against water evaporation.
Carbonnique's 100% pure, cold pressed rosehip seed oil is a perfect companion to our face and neck massaging tool and will elevate your beauty routine into a spa-like experience.
There’s so much to love about rosehip seed oil:
- It’s rich in essential nutrients like omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9, plus antioxidant-rich vitamins C, A, and E
- It can be used as a more gentle alternative to retinol
- It treats signs of aging and pigmentation
- It leaves your skin deeply hydrated
- It promotes healthy skin cell and tissue rejuvenation (hello, younger-looking skin)
- It offers a skin-repairing antioxidant boost — all without the oily feel of a traditional liquid oil.
- It leaves skin looking firmer, softer, and smoother
- It reduces signs of hyperpigmentation
- It promotes the healing of scars and stretch marks
To get the most results on your complexion, we recommend combining your rosehip oil with a hyaluronic acid serum, optionally alternating the oil with a lightweight cream from time to time.
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