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It's hardly a secret that team Byrdie is obsessed with facial massagers. Whether it's a jade roller or Nurse Jamie's Uplift tool, they are one of our favorite tools. When I found out that The Body Shop had a facial massager available for under $20, I thought I'd give it a try. I was happily perusing the shelves: colorful jars of body butters stacked high, the good old vitamin E collection...and that's when I spotted the futuristic-looking Oils of Life™ Revitalizing Facial Roller ($8) out of the corner of my eye.
Facial rolling is a technique used to massage the skin on your face, chest, and neck, typically in an upward motion. Benefits include increasing lymphatic drainage, decreasing puffiness, and relieving tension.
Keep reading to see what it was like to use The Body Shop Oils of Life™ Revitalizing Facial Roller.
Oils of Life™ Revitalizing Facial Roller
Best for: All skin types
Uses: Increasing circulation and collagen production, improving skin texture
Star Rating: 5
Potential allergens: None
About the brand: The Body Shop, founded in 1976 in Brighton, U.K. by Dame Anita Roddick, is a skin, body, and haircare brand that specializes in natural ingredients. Popular products include their body butters and the iconic Tea Tree and Vitamin E skincare lines.
The Body Shop's palm-size massager is pretty hefty, thanks to its metallic balls (is it just me who chuckles at that sentence? I'm a child, I know). Like the metal tips on many eye cream tubes, these stay cool whatever the weather, which feels like bliss on the skin and has a welcome de-puffing effect on the complexion. Thanks to the design, not only do the balls hug your jawline and your cheekbones, but they also roll as you draw the tool along and up your face, so you get a really effective massage.
It comes housed in a small box, and on inside of the lid is a handy (and crucially, simple) five-step massage routine that takes mere minutes. Used in the evening, it helps to relax weary muscles and draw out unwanted tension; used in the morning, it tackles puffiness with ease. As experts note, massage does help improve the look of skin. "Skin or facial massage does improve vascular circulation to the massaged area, thereby supplying that skin with increased and a more steady supply of nutrients, which can build collagen/elastin and improve skin health overall," says dermatologist S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, founder and CEO of the Miami Skin Institute.
Skin or facial massage does improve vascular circulation to the massaged area, thereby supplying that skin with increased and a more steady supply of nutrients, which can build collagen/elastin and improve skin health overall.
I know you're thinking—Can a facial roller really make that much of a difference? Well, there are definitely a number of benefits, including:
• Increases circulation
• Improves skin texture
• Builds collagen
Facial massage certainly has its benefits, with scientific studies finding that the use of facial massagers can increase blood flow to the skin, even minutes after the massage is over. As Jegasothy notes above, increasing blood flow to the face helps supply more nutrients to the area thereby imparting a healthy, plump, glow.
How To Use
Before using, apply your usual serum or cream, as this will help the massager glide along the contours of your face. Start at your chin and draw it along your jawbone up to your ear and repeat on the other side. If you hold tension here, you'll feel the balls working their way through the knots, easing them as they go.
Next, bring the massager up to your cheek and follow your cheekbone up and out toward your temples. I repeated the action three times on my jaw and three times on my cheek on one side of my face. It was crazy that I immediately noticed the massaged side looked lifted and more spritely. I repeated the moves on the other side. You can then work it upward and horizontally across your forehead and up your neck and chin, an often neglected area (by me, at least).
As with anything in the realm of beauty, it appears there is the potential for too much of a good thing—but only if you use the Revitalizing Facial Roller too aggressively. "Unless massage is performed too aggressively and breaks or damages the skin, there should be no real downside to skin massage in normal skin types," says Jegasothy. "Of course, if you have a skin condition or inflamed skin in general, please consult your dermatologist before performing any skin wellness procedure by yourself."
It's been a few weeks since using The Body Shop Revitalizing Facial Roller, and I have to say my skin looks much better for it—calm, clear, just a bit less tired, and a tad perkier. In fact, there is nothing my skin doesn't love about this tool, so I'm happy to report that it's now in a long-term relationship with my face.
Most facial rollers average anywhere between $20 all the way up to hundreds of dollars, but The Body Shop Revitalizing Facial Roller rings in at a mere $8, which is a steal IMO. This is the kind of roller you not only can buy for yourself, but give as a gift to friends, family, or even colleagues and you don't have to worry about it making a huge dent in your wallet.
Mount Lai Jade Tension Melting Massager for Face & Neck: This facial roller has the same double ball shape as the Revitalizing Facial Roller, but with a luxurious twist. At $72, it's made from Jade and features small rivets in the balls for a even deeper massage.
Skin Gym Face Sculptor: The Face Sculptor has a longer, thinner handle that creates an easy-to-hold grip. Use it all over your face, neck, and jawline to decrease tension and give yourself a lit-from-within glow.
The Body Shop Revitalizing Facial Roller is totally worth it—I mean, can you really go wrong with an $8 facial roller? Short answer: No. Long answer: Also no. It's effective, easy to use, and delivers nearly instant results. For that, I have to give it a resounding two thumbs up.