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 to get glowing skin 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 facial 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!
What does an ice roller do?
Honestly, what doesn’t it do?! It defines and contours your bone structure, boosts circulation and radiance, and reduces any puffiness or redness. Anytime something cold touches your skin, it constricts blood vessels – hence the decreases redness and tighter looking skin. The stimulation can alleviate muscle tension and really wake your skin up for a brighter appearance throughout the day!
ICE ROLLER BENEFITS
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 a gua sha tool, the ice roller can immediately de puff 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, it truly does contour the face.
Less puffiness under your eyes.
You have to be careful (the under-eye 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 Of Ice Rolling
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! The cold therapy amazing for headaches. It’s also great for soothing sunburns because of its cooling effect. 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 face 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 de puff and energize my skin. Remove from the freezer and roll it around the eyes, cheeks, and jaw line to reduce any puffiness. I think this is the perfect morning pairing to a nighttime rose quartz face roller.
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. Treat it as a facial massager and use it while you watch the news!
For pimples + inflammation!
It’s amazing at soothing inflammation and bringing down redness because of the increased blood flow.
How to clean an ice roller
What product to use.
I recommend something that you would normally use to clean out makeup brushes – a soap that won’t irritate or dry out your skin. You’ll want to really lather up the soap before you scrub the ice roller. If you experience a build up of skincare products on the ice roller, you’ll want to use a cloth to get in those harder to reach spots.
How often to clean it.
This entirely depends on how frequently you use it, and the products you use it with (if any)! You can clean it after every use like me to help prevent product buildup and bacteria, or you can clean it after a few uses.
First and foremost, make sure it is COMPLETELY dry before putting it back in the freezer for your next use! You’ll want to make sure you’re storing it in the freezer away from food or other products that could irritate your skin and clog your pores. I’ve even seen some recommendations for storing it in a reusable zip lock bag for added caution!
Get my favorite ice roller right this way. I feel pretty confident saying that it will be the best $18 you ever spend.