Ice Roller Benefits – My Full Review!

Ice Roller Benefits - My Full Review!

I initially published this post two years ago and it was one of my top performing posts – and products of the whole year. Even a year later I still get messages every week from someone who tells me how much they love this beauty tool, that it’s really helped their skin…. that their husband steals it, their kids play with it… and so on and so forth. That makes me so happy! 

As I said last time, a lot of the skin care products I talk about here are quite expensive. I know this and I own this and I really do try to find great products at affordable price points (for more on that, refer to this post and also this beauty routine!!) My ice roller is something that delivers amazing benefits, works almost instantly (on ALL skin types) and also happens to be under $20. This post is my full review… updated after having had it for about a two and a half years now! Spoiler alert. I love it, I swear by it, it makes a huge difference in just a few minutes.

There are a lot of ice rollers out there (I’ve seen them for as much as $50 – what!?!) but I love the Esarora Ice Roller. It’s $17.99. I keep mine in the freezer when I’m not using it so that it’s always ready to go. It comes with a stainless steel roller too but I personally prefer the gel and water ice version. I should note that the water/ice is encased in plastic so there is no mess or ice melting all over your face as you roll!



less puffiness + a lifted effect

This is the biggest thing for me. I like to use this first thing in the morning (especially if I’m low on sleep or have an early meeting) after completing my morning skincare. As I get older, even one glass of wine or a few french fries shows the next morning – my face can get so puffy! Similar to gua sha, the ice roller immediately depuffs your face in a very visible way. You’ll see it in the photos below.

A more defined jaw line

When I use it, I do my whole face, neck, and chest but really concentrate on my jaw. We’re talking the actual jaw bone, and then the skin above and below. It is CRAZY how much more defined my jaw line is after ice rolling.

Less puffiness under your eyes

You have to be careful (the undereye area is so so delicate) but I always use this on my eye area – again, the depuffing benefits are so major.

Smaller looking pores.

It shrinks pores, temporarily! The cold temperature activates shrinkage, making pores look much less noticeable. Of course this effect is only temporary but it’s extremely noticeable.

Long term benefits.

With daily use you’ll likely see that your skin is firmer, less red (it’s great for sensitive skin), and breaking out less. Inflammation is one of the biggest causes of rosacea, acne, psoriasis and (the most important one!?) premature aging. Since the ice roller reduces inflammation, using it daily can help with these things.

Other situational benefits.

I am focusing more on the skincare benefits of ice rolling here but this little gadget is a multi-tasker! It’s amazing for headaches. It’s also great for soothing sunburn. Same goes for sore muscles. And if you’ve had a brow wax (or waxed other areas of your body for that matter), it is very soothing and will help reduce redness.

So… Do Ice Rollers Really Work?

Yes, 100%. I will let the photos below speak. In fairness, I can’t speak to the long term benefits as I have only had mine a few months but the short term benefits are pretty amazing!

Ice Roller Before & After

Here are some (unfiltered iPhone) photos of my face before and after using the roller. It’s pretty dramatic, no!? (The image on the left are before and the right is after) You can really notice a difference in my jaw area. My whole face shape changes and my eyes even look a bit more open.

How To Use An Ice Roller On Your Face

Do it in the morning.

The primary way I use my ice roller is to depuff and energize my skin. Remove from the freezer and roll it around the eyes, cheeks, and jaw line to reduce any puffiness.

Wash your face and apply your skincare routine.

This is the prep part – you want the ice roller to be the last thing you do.

Use upward strokes.

Concentrate on anywhere that’s puffy or bloated. Gently roll, and apply pressure as needed.

Roll for 5-10 minutes.

Honestly, even a couple minutes makes a difference but I think the sweet spot is definitely 5-10 minutes – the roller head stays cold for longer though so feel free to keep on going. You can use it on face and body. Do it while you watch the news!

For pimples + inflammation!

It’s amazing at soothing inflammation and taking down redness.

Get my favorite ice roller right this way. I feel pretty confident saying that it will be the best $18 you ever spend.

Esarora Roller

Esarora Roller review
photography by Carter Fish.

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  1. I really appreciate that you share so many beauty products you use! Your reviews are always so helpful. How do you think the ice roller compares to gua sha? 🙂

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    3.20.19 Reply
    • great q! I think the benefits are very very similar. gua sha is more of a massage (and more effort!) the ice roller can be done more lazily. I’d say that gua sha is better for lymphatic drainage and relaxation (it feels so good to do to your kin) whereas the ice roller is amazing for instant benefits!

      3.20.19 Reply
  2. Jen:

    This post definitely makes me want to buy one! I have really sensitive skin — what is the best way to clean the ice roller?

    3.20.19 Reply
    • Just wipe it off afterward or rinse with soapy water! It’s covered in plastic so super easy to clean.

      3.20.19 Reply
  3. Tiff:

    thanks for this review! Super helpful. For clarification, in between skincare and makeup or after makeup?

    3.20.19 Reply
  4. K:

    Thank you for sharing this. Great budget advice for a new Mom here.

    3.20.19 Reply
  5. I’ve never given much thought to ice rollers but it’s definitely something I’d invest in. I notice I always look very puffy in the mornings and usually by the time I get out of the house my face has depuffed and is fine but whenever I need to get ready and start my makeup early I feel kind of self-conscious about the puffiness. I’m gonna look into that ice roller, thanks for the suggestion!

    3.20.19 Reply
  6. Lisa Autumn:

    Okay I need one!

    x Lisa |

    3.20.19 Reply
    • You won’t regret it!!!!

      3.20.19 Reply
    • Lori:

      Bargain beauty buy! Really appreciate the step by step process for newbies. Thanks Grace, it’s waiting in my cart now.

      3.23.19 Reply
  7. Danielle:

    Co-sign! This thing is the best. I have pretty nasty migraines and I can attest it help alleviates some of that pressure as well. It feels SO good, and makes a big difference overall. One of my fave purchases!

    3.20.19 Reply
  8. Do you use both roller heads or just the ice roller? I can’t find your exact model on

    3.21.19 Reply
  9. Norma:

    I hear ya! in my (very) late thirties and even just dreaming about salt shows on my face the next morning haha…. Thanks for the recommendation and will add this to my cart right now.

    3.21.19 Reply
  10. Betsy:

    Just bought that ice roller! Cannot wait to see what happens!
    (My level of excitement is, quite frankly, embarrassing.)

    Thanks for the detailed review! One of the many reasons I keep coming back.

    3.21.19 Reply
  11. dana mannarino:

    *immediately orders ice roller*
    I get migraines and headaches a lot, so I love that this is also a great product for them!

    The Champagne Edit

    3.21.19 Reply
  12. cy:

    Just ordered one1 Can’t wait to try it

    3.22.19 Reply
  13. Pat Schwab:

    Hi Grace! Thanks for sharing this affordable beauty tool. I’ve added it to my Amazon list. Do you use it on your neck? Is it an upward motion? Have you used the steel attachment also? Please do a short video on how to use and care for the roller. Pat S

    3.23.19 Reply
  14. Pat Schwab:

    Hi Grace! Thanks for sharing this affordable beauty tool. I’ve added it to my Amazon list. Do you use it on your neck? Is it an upward motion? Have you used the steel attachment also? Do you store the whole tool in the freezer or pop off the ice part? Please do a short video on the use and care of the roller. I love that it could help with my migraines or other pain relief as well as the beauty benefits. Pat S

    3.23.19 Reply
    • Hi Pat,
      Yes – I use it in an upward motion! I haven’t used the steel attachment yet. I keep the whole thing in the freezer!
      I will try to do a video at some point!

      3.23.19 Reply
  15. Jade:

    I love this! I have a few rollers but I didn’t know ice rollers can help with inflammation. I had one question though. I use a tinted moisturizer for work during the week. I assume I shouldn’t use a roller after using that?

    3.24.19 Reply
  16. Liz:

    Omg, Grace! I bought the roller after seeing your review. I am on day #2, and I have noticed a difference in my undereye area and jawline. I look younger! (I am 40). The results are subtle, but still much better (and more immediate!) than the expensive creams I use. Thanks so much for recommending this. I am looking goooood this week. 😉

    3.26.19 Reply
  17. Jen:

    This is the best thing ever! You fully influenced me and I couldn’t be more happy. I did have a quick question – how do you go about cleaning your roller and how often do you?

    3.29.19 Reply
    • I am so glad to hear that!!!!

      I just wipe mine with a damp cloth. It doesn’t really get dirty since I only use it on clean skin (no makeup!) but it does get a little oil on it as I use it after doing my skincare.

      3.30.19 Reply
  18. I just got one—and it feels like A FOAM ROLLER FOR YOUR FACE!!!

    6.5.19 Reply
  19. Stacy:

    Ice rollers are also amazing for hot flashes and night sweats. 🙂 Thank you from one of your over 50 readers

    9.12.19 Reply
  20. I’m so glad you shared this blog post again, bc I’ve seen these advertised everywhere, but I trust your opinion! Ordered it yesterday and was delivered today. Can’t wait to give it a try to kick of Monday morning. Thanks again for the thorough review!

    3.1.20 Reply
  21. Sally:

    Do you ever travel with yours? Wondering if I could carry it on with me!

    3.4.20 Reply
    • No! I guess you could but most hotels I stay at don’t have freezers – it needs to be cold to work. I do travel with a jade roller for the plane!

      3.4.20 Reply
  22. Katie:

    I’ve also had an ice roller for over a year and a half and meant to use it. Do you store the ice roller in anything in the freezer? For instance, wrapped in plastic wrap? Thanks1

    3.14.20 Reply
    • No but you totally could! My freezer isn’t overcrowded or very messy; if it were i’d probably reconsider!

      3.14.20 Reply
  23. Esther:

    Hi!! Where did you find those amazing vertical wall bookshelves?! I’m in love!! And I’m ordering the ice roller now!!

    Thank you!

    4.8.20 Reply
  24. Grace:

    I just got one of these and am so obsessed! It feels so amazing in the morning! It really wakes up my skin.

    3.16.21 Reply
  25. Somehow, I’ve gifted an ice roller to every relative and friend but don’t have my own. haha
    The before/after photos definitely made me realize I need this in my routine!


    3.22.21 Reply
  26. Hi Grace! I hope your move is going well! Charleston is such a gorgeous place! I have wanted to try an ice roller forever and finally purchased one last week. I have a logistical question 🙂 Logistically (based on my morning schedule and the fact that my bedroom is on the third floor of our house), it would be so much easier to roll when I am downstairs getting my kids breakfast but before I shower/ skin care etc. Would it be ok to roll before skin care? Thank you!!

    4.3.21 Reply
  27. Dominique:

    Thank you for this really thoughtful and thorough review! I’m a recent rosacea sufferer (my skin started to get angry around 40, I’m now 41) and am DESPERATE for homeopathic ways to calm my skin. This ice roller has been a godsend. I use it every morning and will use it throughout the day if I feel flush and tingly. It really has helped reduce redness and the swelling on my cheeks during flair-ups.

    4.11.21 Reply
  28. Megan:

    Hi! I came across this post from your weekend reading. One question – in your opinion, what’s the difference between this and a chilled jade roller or similar? Is one more effective than the other? Different effects?

    9.20.21 Reply
    • They are pretty similar. I would say this stays colder as it’s solid ice, but a cold jade roller would yield similar results.

      9.20.21 Reply
  29. Judy Trucano:

    I’ve been thinking about using an ice roller and your comments convinced me to give it try. Ordered and waiting for delivery…..

    1.7.22 Reply