Over the past year the internet has been exploding with buzz about ice rollers. Celebrities and self-care advocates alike have been raving about the benefits of including them in your daily routine. I finally caved and bought one, and let me tell you, the obsession was immediate! I loved *almost* everything about it, but it was needing a quality and aesthetic glam-up. I worked with a manufacturer to redesign a few mechanics, and give it a sleek, all-black vibe. Because who said self-care can’t be seggsy??
So the question is, what do ice rollers do? Are they actually effective? And are they deserving of the hype they’ve garnered?
Let’s dive in!
WHAT DO THEY DO?
Although usually thought of as a beauty product, ice rollers are considered a cryotherapy tool. They have both incredible cosmetic and physiological benefits, including:
- Relieves muscle tension
- Firms skin
- Alleviates pain
- Enhances lymph circulation
- Decreases inflammation
I especially love using mine to diminish the appearance of puffy eyes in the morning, and to soothe headache zones and neck pain. It’s one of the only remedies that has helped take the edge off of my post-meningitis headaches.
ARE THEY ACTUALLY EFFECTIVE?
YES. But I realize only sharing my personal experience with them doesn’t provide the most convincing evidence. So let’s hear from some board-certified doctors:
“Face rollers stimulate the lymphatic system and massage the face, helping to get rid of puffiness, toxins, and reduce muscle tension.” –Stacy Chimento, M.D., Dermatologist (source)
“The cold temperatures can cause vasoconstriction of blood vessels, which can help to make the skin less red, and it can also decrease puffiness. They can also help with a reduction of fluid and lymphatic drainage, which is why you get a sculpted effect after using cryo tools. The cold causes the blood vessels to vasoconstrict, this can reduce the amount of interstitial fluid that accumulates, so then there is less fluid to be drained by the lymphatics.” –Hadley King, M.D., Dermatologist. (source)
“Cryotherapy uses sub-zero temperature to give a cold shock to the skin, which will send fresher blood to the targeted area. More blood means more oxygen, and a richer nutrient delivery, which flushes away toxins and reduces water retention.” –Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, Cosmetic Surgeon and founder of 111 Skin. (source)
WORTH THE HYPE?
100%. Not only is the ice roller reusable, easily cleaned, and has multiple uses, it carries the price tag of only $16.95! It may end up being your most-used, and least-expensive self-care item! (And it will certainly be your favorite!)
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