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Alyssa

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2020-Aug

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My Ice Roller Obsession, Explained

Out of all the random things I post on my Instagram stories, my ice roller never fails to grab the attention of many of you. Anytime I post about it, I reopen the app to a handful of messages asking what it is, how I use it, etc. The one I use is called the ESARORA Ice Roller from Amazon. It’s priced just under $25 which is insane for how effective it is. I like to keep mine in the freezer so it’s on standby for when I need it most, and the cold against my skin wakes me right up in the morning.

The versatility of an ice roller is the number one reason I began incorporating it as a necessary step in my daily skincare routine. If you’ve ever used a rose quartz or jade roller, or are familiar with Gua Sha, the ice roller can be used in a similar fashion, the upward motion with which you use the roller can help to improve circulation of the skin and in turn, the overall tone of your complexion. This is primarily achieved by something called lymphatic drainage. The upward motion of the roller helps to move the lymph nodes in your face and neck, ultimately aiding in flushing out any toxins in the skin.

The additional benefits of using an ice roller are boundless, which I delve into a bit deeper below.

Migraine relief. I had never experienced a migraine until I entered my mid-20s, and while they’ve become less frequent as a result of diet and exercise, I still wake up with the occasional banger. It typically consists of an incessant and painful pulsing behind my eyes, so what I’ll do is take the ice roller from the freezer and press it gently against the crease of my eyelids, switching off every minute or so. The cold of the roller helps minimize the inflammation that causes that pulsing sensation. I also like to use it on my temples, rolling it gently in an upward motion while maintaining slight pressure. To some this may have the words “placebo effect” written all over it, but for those who experience routine migraines are usually willing to try anything to mitigate the pain you experience during an episode.

Circulation improvement. The cold properties of the roller can help to wake up tired skin, which goes back to what I was saying earlier about circulation improvement. The various motions with which you can use the roller on your face, neck, and décolletage, paired with the temperature of the roller, aid in reducing inflammation or puffiness experienced in the early morning after a late night out. For me, I like to roll gently in a horizontal motion under my eyes to help improve the blood flow and reduce the appearance of dark circles (my admission into the 30-something club is fast approaching).

Pore minimization. Another rather magical benefit of the ice roller is that it helps to reduce the look of pores. The way I do this is with a facial serum in the morning and at night. After I’ve cleansed and toned, I’ll add 2-3 drops of serum into my palm and use both hands to press the product into my face, neck, and décolletage (an important spot to not forget!). I’ll then take the ice roller and roll as I normally would, to help work in the product even further. The temperature of the roller will help to shrink your pores and lock in the serum. The serum also serves as a gel-like substance that allows the roller to move more easily across your skin.

Irritation mitigation. Ever get home from a long day at the beach thinking you got an amazing tan, only to realize post-shower that your tan is in fact a burn? Funny how the irritation is always the symptom to rear its ugly head later in the day. I have been really been loving the Arnica Relief and Rescue Mask from First Aid Beauty to replenish the moisture in my skin and calm the irritation as a result of sun exposure. You’ll want to apply a thick layer to a clean face and let it soak in for a few minutes. It will go on a pale blue, and as it comes into contact with the air, it will change to a clear sheen. Once it’s clear, use the roller to offset the irritation and further work in the product into your skin.

A note on cleaning + maintenance of your roller –

I always make sure to clean my ice roller between uses and before placing it back in the freezer. Even if you’re using it on clean skin and not using it in tandem with other skincare products, you’ll likely be prone to breakouts from the natural oils being picked up from avid use. I recommend using face cleanser on the roller portion and working that in before running it under warm water. If you’re looking to level up your skincare routine, try it out. This ice roller may just be the best $22 you’ll ever spend. As always, thank you so much for reading, and please do share with me on Instagram if you end up buying!

 

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