The One Facial Tool That Helps Calm My Red, Reactive Skin

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The known benefits of ice rolling are many. From reduced inflammation to promoting circulation, it’s a skin-care must for when the dermis is in need of TLC. For those of us with rosacea or sensitive, reactive, menopausal skin, that’s virtually all of the time. My journey to my favorite ice roller has been akin to Goldilocks’ search for the perfect bowl of porridge. Ice globes are too slippery, steel rollers get too cold and stick to my face, and some rollers start out cold but end up warm before they hit your skin. When it comes to the perfect ice roller, my vote goes to The Skin Savant’s Ice Roller ($40) which has depuffed, cooled and calmed my skin down better than any other tool.

The Benefits:

Medical aesthetician Amy Peterson is the founder of The Skin Savant and she says she advises all of her clients to use an ice roller to ward against redness and inflammatory flare ups that can lead to more skin-care concerns like hyperpigmentation. I started using the roller to lessen the effects of sensitive skin flare-ups but also as a means to lessen my melasma over time.

The massage roller encapsulates the cold which, once used, constricts the skin and promotes circulation to reduce redness and inflammation. I use it on my face after a hot shower or blow-drying my hair to prevent face flushing. I’ve also iced during post-procedure recovery on my face and body, including immediately after a microneedling with radio-frequency treatment that left my skin feeling raw and itchy. While it feels like a comfortable massage, it’s doing so much more to treat, calm and smooth skin from head to toe.

How to Use It:

Keep it stored in the freezer and roll it across your face, cheeks, forehead, chin, and jawline, or anywhere on the body where needed. You can also use it on your neck to cool down during a hot flash or rosacea flare-up.

Bottom Line:

Everyone with sensitive skin over 40 should have an ice roller ready to go in the freezer. I like The Skin Savant’s model because it feels most comfortable on my skin and retains the cold the longest when compared to the other tools I’ve used in the past.

Price/Where to Buy:

$40, therealskinsavant.com

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