episode ii: the truth about crystal rolling.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am uncharacteristically (for the average person) amenable to practices that are oftentimes deemed fit for “hippies”: I use essential oils every day for common ailments like allergies, headaches, or even to boost my immune system; at one point in my life I definitely bought a himalayan salt lamp (it’s still sitting on our living room shelf); and I have become recently obsessed with Feng Shui and the energy between objects in our everyday lives (I have a book which is essentially Feng Shui for Dummies and every time I read a chapter I urgently tell Alex what we need to change about our house and, even if he doesn’t agree, proceed to tear the house apart the following weekend in attempts to get the energy flowing properly. It’s a real thing).

All of this noted, it will come as no surprise that I became increasingly intrigued with this crystal facial roller phenomenon and bought two facial rollers (of the rose quartz variety) for myself and my pending to try. The goal? Confirm or deny the actual effects of this elusive and mysterious practice.

I purchased our rollers from Herbivore Botanicals for $45 each. Also, photo cred goes to them because their shots are just too beautiful not to use.

Before I give you our down and dirty perspective, here’s what I have learned:

A Brief History

Crystals are incredibly valuable in many ancient cultures, dating back to the Ancient Egyptians and early Romans, among many others. The use cases most common were for healing, mental balance, and to promote enlightenment or awareness.

As with all things (bringing out that Feng Shui knowledge!), crystals have their own vibrations and frequencies which, when transferred to another object or the human body, can alter and shift our own energies and affect our nervous system in positive ways. Basically, our brains shift based upon the new energies introduced into its own “force field.”

Crystals are special because they are said to have especially resilient energies/vibrations largely due to their formation process which can take lifetimes.

The Crystals We Hear About the Most

Jade and Rose Quartz are the most prominent crystals referred to in skincare practices that I have found. Unsurprisingly, each has their own distinct emotional and physical benefits (though the physical benefits are largely consistent).

Rose Quartz is quite literally referred to as the “Heart Stone”, promoting compassion, peace, connection, and a sense of community. It is also said to be the crystal that promotes self-love and appreciation.

Jade, on the other hand, is known as the “Dream Stone”. This crystal is said to promote wisdom, balance, and peace and is thought to be highly calming as well as powerful in the art of healing (in some ancient cultures it was used as a protective talisman).

The physical benefits from a skincare perspective are largely the same. Both Rose Quartz and Jade, when applied to the face supposedly:

  • Promote lymphatic drainage (which is a complicated way to say it helps detoxify your skin and reduce bloating/puffiness)
  • Improve the elasticity of the skin
  • Reduce pore size
  • Encourage blood flow, evening out skin tone
  • Tighten the skin and smooth the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles

Jade, however, is also said to help alleviate, heal, and restore and is great for sensitive skin. So, if you’re like me and occasionally suffer from eczema breakouts, jade could be the stone for you.

Photo cred: Herbivore Botanicals.

Crystal Rolling + Skincare

There are a few methods to facial rolling, but of the most popular appear to be in product application. Most people will use their roller following their favorite serum, oil, or moisturizer to encourage better absorption of the product. Some will even throw on a recent cult favorite, sheet masks, and use the roller on top of that.

Fun fact: Apparently the cells on the face are built like shingles on a roof. So, if you are using your facial roller with your favorite oil or serum, the ideal practice is to roll in an upwards motion so that the product is more thoroughly absorbed.

I typically use the roller after applying my moisturizing serums or oils, rolling in an up and down motion. I tend to slow my roll (lol) down and apply more pressure in my jaw area since I tend to carry a lot of tension and anxiety there.

I roll until the stone no longer feels cool to the touch, especially if I am short on time. This is my unofficial practice, the jury’s still out on the appropriate/official “roll time.”

My Not-So-Expert Opinion

I went into this entirely skeptical. Honestly, I thought that whoever facial rolled was the kookiest of all kooks. But I. Am. Addicted. After only a week and a half. (Which I suppose could possibly just make me a kook, but I am pretty confident I will not be the only one.)

No lie: crystal rolling is now my favorite thing about my skincare regimen. I do it in the morning, at night, mid-day on the weekends. No time is the wrong time and I can’t get enough. Let me explain.

In my world, skincare routines are part results, part experience (if you don’t believe me see my post about the meditative qualities of face washing). And, quite honestly, the experience is a lot of it. Facial rolling is the ultimate experience for me. Here’s why I love it:

    • The stone is naturally cool (which in our house means refrigerator temperature) and I feel instantly de-puffed and awake, especially when I use it in the morning. There is a reason that some eye products have “cooling applicator balls”, people!
    • I immediately get a natural glow. My face/cheeks perk up right after I’ve used it and I actually look alive.
    • I am noticing a more even skin tone, even in my cheeks which are typically more on the pink side.
  • The routine of massaging my face is for sure helping me with my TMJ. I am supposed to do more self-massage than I do, and this is an easy way to kill two birds with one stone.

I haven’t been using it enough to notice long term effects but I am excited to see if I notice a reduction in the size of my pores, since as of late that has been my largest point of contention (aside from a pesky and uncharacteristic-in-shape eczema breakout that has driven me to the precipice of insanity for the last 3 weeks. It’s been almost a MONTH and it’s now finally starting to go away!!).

My score: 4 / 5

Why: I am not claiming its going to work miracles on my skin and get rid of my wrinkles, but I don’t think extra blood flow hurts AND the cooling feeling is addicting. Also, after approximately 5 days of consistent use, I ordered the Jade roller to see if it really does help even more with sensitive skin. I’ll report back.

Herbivore Botanicals is also where I purchased my jade roller. It’s pretty significantly less expensive than the Rose Quartz alternative at $25.

My Pending’s POV

Marta’s reaction to the roller was significantly more tempered than my own. While I wanted to yell “I love my rose quartz roller!!” from the rooftops, she was like “I am PRETTY sure I really like it” and, therefore would probably only commit to shouting it from her balcony, a safe distance from solid ground. But here’s what she said:

“I love the way it feels. I leave mine in the refrigerator and love the cooling sensation…I find it very relaxing, good for circulation, and I’ve seen a reduction in puffiness, especially around my eyes. I also definitely have more color/brightness immediately after use which I like.”

MIL’s score: 4 / 5

Why: She, too, isn’t expecting it to work miracles on her wrinkles but she loves the process and thinks that for the price point ($45) it’s a worthwhile one-time investment. No cons to be had here!

So, there you have it. Crystal rolling is a real thing with real benefits. And, I am not the only crazy one, for once.