Updated: May 7, 2020
The use of cold therapy, has propped up numerous times throughout my aesthetics career. During my Level 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma I learnt about the art of combining cold stones with a hot stone massage. An injector showed me how holding an ice pack to the lips just before a routine filler acts as a just an effective numbing agent as lidocaine cream. Training in fat freezing showed me how frosty temperatures can alter fat cells.
Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is used all around us for many different reasons. An unspoken rule when we sprain an ankle, burn or damage our skin in some way, is to apply an ice pack or run the area under cold water. Kate Moss is one of many that swears by cold face dunking first thing in the morning to combat a tired-looking face. Miranda Kerr loves a “super cold shower”, she says “it feels so invigorating and is so good for your scalp and your face; it really wakes you up.” This article will explain to you why that is, and why having a cold roller in your skincare routine will help boost your skin.
What is a cold roller?
Also referred to as an “ice roller,” this facial tool designed to massage the face at a cold temperature.
Ice rollers come in all shapes and sizes, and are often made with a plastic handle and a metal roller. They have to be placed in a refrigerator or freezer before use, to reach an idea temperature.
Ice rollers can be used morning or night, before or after skincare application (except sunscreen, this should always be applied after ice rolling.)
Maintenance is easy. The roller should be cleaned after each use with some type of simple alcohol.
Kitsch Ice Roller £14.25 via Beautybay
What are the benefits of using a cold roller?
An ice roller can help to soothe a number of conditions because cooler temperatures help to reduce inflammation in the skin. Straight after facial treatments like microneedling or abrasive laser, a cold roller can be applied to unburden the sometimes uncomfortable, hot sensation.
The cold can also help to relieve itchy conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Those who have rosacea will not necessarily find a cure with an ice roller, but it will certainly help soothe the symptoms associated with it.
Tightens & brightens the skin
Exposure to the cold constricts blood flow, temporarily tightening the skin and reducing the appearance of redness.
As well as reducing inflammation, the constriction of blood flow reduces swelling which is why an ice pack is always applied to a fresh muscular injury. Cold rollers are sometimes considered best to use first thing in the morning, because as we wake the body is most dehydrated and therefore more like to cause puffiness in the face and around the eyes.
Boosts lymphatic drainage
Lymphatic drainage is beneficial for a number of reasons. By stimulating the lymph around the body, we speed up the removal of toxins and waste in the face and body. This reduces facial swelling and the likelihood of breakouts and can also help to improve the appearance of pores and redness.
Define facial features
Because ice rollers reduce puffiness in the face and stimulate lymphatic drainage, it can also enhance the appearance of your jawline and cheekbones too. You can find out more about facial slimming without the surgery here.
Relieves tension to facial muscles
Cryotherapy is a well-known treatment for relieving body muscle tension and it works the same way for your face. The pressure from the roller provides a soothing massage for the muscles in the face, and some users have also reported that their ice roller has helped to relieve headaches in the exact same way a cool compress would.
There are many additional benefits to performing daily facial massage and you can read more about them here.
Why get one?
Ice rollers are surprisingly affordable considering the wide array of benefits. The average ice roller will set you back no more than a tenner and do not expire like skincare, or have the tendency to break easily like cosmetics jars or bottles.
With that being said, the sturdy design of a cold roller makes them a more reliable facial tool compared to jade rollers. It’s also surprisingly easy to get hold of a knock-off jade roller, the ‘stone’ made of glass.
Whereas with a cold roller, there is little difference between a £5 roller and a £20 roller, and its sturdy materials will help the tool last a long time.
Ice rolling is the ultimate act of self-care. It’s the equivalent to putting on a face mask, taking your make up off at the end of the day, brushing and flossing, giving yourself a blow dry.
We do these things because it not only makes us look better and enables us to put our best self forward, but because it’s fun to preen ourselves. It relaxes the mind. It helps us feel better.
Other ways to ice
Cold rollers are not the only way you can incorporate cold therapy into your skincare routine. Ice globes offer the same effect, except there’s two of them and they tend to be made of plastic instead.
Ice globes sold by Greatershop via Ebay
Another way to ice your skin is with a technique I discovered from skin expert Lori Ward on Instagram @lwskincare. It involves filling empty ice lolly containers with a water and freezing them. The ice water lollies are later massaged it into the skin, using a cloth to collect the melting water.
Full video via @lwskincare
Facial and eye gel masks, also dubbed the “hangover mask” is another cool invention. You can get them in all shapes and sizes, to cover the entire face or just the eye area. The beauty of using these masks is that you can just put it on and attend to other tasks as its working its magic.
Sissel Hot & Cold Gel mask £18.99 via stressnomore
Cold rollers are great for everyone. They soothe itchy and inflamed skin conditions like acne, psorasis, rosacea and post skin treatment. Ice rollers encourage a boost of blood flow, relieve tense facial muscles and gives you the ultimate mental boost to help start your day. Ice rollers are affordable, sturdy and reliable and therefore a must need in your routine. Just get one, now.