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These Top-Rated Face Massagers Help Reduce Puffiness, Firm Skin, and Relax Muscles

Prevention Logo By Jessica Migala of Prevention | Slide 1 of 11: Skincare is self-care, and that’s become extremely evident with the rise of at-home face massage tools. A few minutes spent moving one of the rollers, stones, or wands over your skin can leave your complexion looking firm, lifted, and bright. Plus, it just feels really good and is a great way to unwind tense muscles.“Facial massage promotes blood circulation and lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and under eye circles,” says Suzanne Friedler, M.D., board-certified dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC and a clinical instructor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. (In case you’re unaware, lymphatic drainage refers to moving the fluid that can build up in the soft tissue of the face and around the eyes—a.k.a. the stuff that makes you look swollen.)Massage may be even more important as you get older, adds board-certified dermatologist Sapna Palep, M.D., founder of Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. “With age, lymphatic drainage gets backed up, and you’re more likely to wake up with a puffy face,” she says. That can happen after common habits like drinking alcohol or sleeping on your face. While rolling won’t directly stimulate the production of collagen (the building blocks of your skin), it may indirectly help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Sending more blood flow and oxygen to tissues will also help prevent loss of collagen and elastin, the support structures within skin that give it its bounce, says Dr. Palep. What’s more, a facial massage tool physically presses active ingredients (like retinoids, vitamin C, or hyaluronic acid) into skin, which can help them be more effective. Finally, think of a face massage tool as a facial relaxer. “We’re all on so many Zoom calls right now, and looking at a computer screen all day encourages muscle flexion and tension. When done at the end of the day, these tools can release the tension of the muscles of the lower face,” says Dr. Palep. That said, there are so many different tools available for facial massage, and the truth is that one type of stone, shape, or device won’t perform better than the other, says Dr. Friedler. Ultimately, use the one that works and feels the best for you.Need help narrowing them down? We found the top-rated versions of various types of face massagers at all price points. Because it’s time to take a few minutes for you!

Skincare is self-care, and that’s become extremely evident with the rise of at-home face massage tools. A few minutes spent moving one of the rollers, stones, or wands over your skin can leave your complexion looking firm, lifted, and bright. Plus, it just feels really good and is a great way to unwind tense muscles.

“Facial massage promotes blood circulation and lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and under eye circles,” says Suzanne Friedler, M.D., board-certified dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC and a clinical instructor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. (In case you’re unaware, lymphatic drainage refers to moving the fluid that can build up in the soft tissue of the face and around the eyes—a.k.a. the stuff that makes you look swollen.)

Massage may be even more important as you get older, adds board-certified dermatologist Sapna Palep, M.D., founder of Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. “With age, lymphatic drainage gets backed up, and you’re more likely to wake up with a puffy face,” she says. That can happen after common habits like drinking alcohol or sleeping on your face.

While rolling won’t directly stimulate the production of collagen (the building blocks of your skin), it may indirectly help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Sending more blood flow and oxygen to tissues will also help prevent loss of collagen and elastin, the support structures within skin that give it its bounce, says Dr. Palep. What’s more, a facial massage tool physically presses active ingredients (like retinoids, vitamin C, or hyaluronic acid) into skin, which can help them be more effective.

Finally, think of a face massage tool as a facial relaxer. “We’re all on so many Zoom calls right now, and looking at a computer screen all day encourages muscle flexion and tension. When done at the end of the day, these tools can release the tension of the muscles of the lower face,” says Dr. Palep.

That said, there are so many different tools available for facial massage, and the truth is that one type of stone, shape, or device won’t perform better than the other, says Dr. Friedler. Ultimately, use the one that works and feels the best for you.

Need help narrowing them down? We found the top-rated versions of various types of face massagers at all price points. Because it’s time to take a few minutes for you!

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