What are those face rollers popping up on your Instagram feed?

rose quartz face rollers
You've probably seen them pop up on Instagram, but are they just a fad? Photo credit: Getty.

Loved by celebrities but derided by some beauty experts as a fad, the face roller certainly makes an impression - a quite literal one across your face.

They're definitely a firm favourite on Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop website, and her make-up artist Georgie Eisdell recently revealed the actress is an avid fan.

"Before we do any make-up, GP smoothes her skin with Microderm (a skincare exfoliant from Paltrow's Goop line) to get maximum glow," she said in a new post on Goop.com. "I start by massaging goop face oil into her skin with my fingers, then, to really get all that goodness to penetrate further into the skin, I use a face roller in an upward motion to lift, depuff, and firm the skin."

While it's not a miracle cure-all product, and should be used as part of your skincare regime, many people enjoy not only the skin benefits, but also the self-care element of devoting some time each evening to their wellbeing.

But when it comes to the visage-boosting claims, we asked an expert for her opinion.

"The action of the roller encourages lymphatic circulation and drainage, helping to reduce tension in the skin. Regular use helps improve skin tone for a firmer, rejuvenated look," Natalie Piper, international trainer for Lash Perfect, told us.

Rollers come in a few varieties - rose quartz, which stays cool; jade, which tends to warm with skin contact; and amethyst, which is best for relieving stress.

Here are some of Newshub's faves: 

  • Tribeca Skin Tonics Rose Quartz Roller (available from The Facialist)
  • Angela Caglia La Vie En Rose Face Roller (available from Mecca)
  • Omorovicza Rose Quartz Facial Roller (available from Mecca)

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