Ice rollers come in many shapes and styles, so it's important to know how to use them.
It's completely different to a cold compresses and has amazing benefits for the skin. If you've been searching for a natural way to improve the appearance of your skin, then this is it!
If you haven't heard of an ice roller before, then we recommend you start your journey with the following post instead - What is an Ice Roller?
How to Use An Ice Roller
To use an ice roller, you will need to follow the steps below. The cold roller has many benefits if used correctly, so make sure you follow them correctly.
Store the ice roller in the freezer
If using our recommended Mini Facial Ice Roller, you'll fill it with water and allow it to freeze overnight to ensure the ice is fully frozen.
If using a traditional ice roller for facial relaxation, you can put it in the freezer anywhere from 1hr to overnight. The longer you keep it in the freezer, the colder it will be.
Remove the ice roller from the freezer
With REAL ice rollers, you'll need to remove them from the freezer and allow them to sit for a few minutes. This will ensure that when you twist the cap off, the ice will not break. Now is the perfect time to spend a few minutes preparing your face.
Cleanse or prepare your face
Before using an ice roller, it is important to cleanse your face thoroughly to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup. This will allow the ice roller to better penetrate your skin and provide maximum benefits.
The exception to this is if you're using it immediately after applying your skincare serums.
If using it after applying serums, make sure to wait 5-10mins so that the serums are fully absorbed.
When you use the ice roller after applying your serums, you'll close the pores and ensure the serum is fully locked into the skin.
Remove the ice roller cap
Very gently twist the cap so that you break the seal and keep the ice intact. Do this very slowly and gently to avoid breaking the ice.
Start with the forehead
Begin by rolling the ice roller gently over your forehead, starting from the center and moving outwards.
Roll the ice roller in a circular motion, applying gentle pressure. Repeat this process several times on each section of your forehead.
Move to the cheekbones
After you have finished rolling over your forehead, move to your cheekbones. Start at the top of your cheekbone, near your temples, and roll downwards towards your cheekbone. Repeat this process several times on each cheek.
Focus on the under-eye area
The under-eye area is delicate and needs extra care. To use the ice roller in this area, place the roller under your eye and roll it gently from the inside corner to the outside corner. Repeat this process several times on each under-eye area.
Finish with the chin and jawline
The final step is to roll the ice roller over your chin and jawline. Start at the center of your chin and roll outwards towards your ears. Repeat this process several times on each side of your face.
If you're interested in the benefits of ice rolling, make sure to check out the following post: Ice Roller Benefits - 9 Benefits of Facial Ice Rollers.
How long do you ice roll?
It is recommended to use an ice roller for no more than 10 minutes at a time.
The good thing about a real ice roller is by the time the ice has melted; you'll have gone through the process enough. No need to keep track of how long you've been doing it.
When to use an ice roller in your skincare routine
Ice rollers can be used at any time during your skincare routine. Some people like to use an ice roller on its own in the morning for a quick freshen-up, and others like to use it immediately after using a serum to lock the serum into the skin by closing the pores.
Both options are great.
You can use it in the morning or the evening; it's a personal choice. It reduces inflammation, so you can even use it if you have an injury.
How to clean an ice roller
If using a traditional gel ice roller or stainless steel ice roller, you can simply wash it with water and a little bit of soap. There's no need to overthink it.
Using our silicone ice roller, you can choose to use some soap or simply rinse it with warm or cold water.
Silicone stays very clean, especially if you only fill it with water.
Summary on ice rolling
We hope this has answered your question about how to use an ice roller.
Ice rolling has so many benefits, including increasing blood flow, fighting inflammation, restoring radiance, reducing puffiness and redness, reducing swelling, lymphatic drainage, helping your skin absorb serums and soothing acne-prone skin.
Making sure it stays cold is the most important thing.
This is why we recommend the silicone ice slider that literally stays icy cold.
If you've tried a jade roller, derma roller or any other skincare tool, it might now be time to try an ice roller.