Researchers unlock science behind beauty face massage rollers

By Becky Bargh | Published: 14-Nov-2018

Japanese scientists have found that the anti-ageing beauty tool could improve long-term vasodilation for customers

001 Skincare London CRYOpress face roller

001 Skincare London CRYOpress face roller

Researchers in Japan have found that a new beauty staple, the face massage roller, could provide long-term anti-ageing improvements for customer’s skin.

Scientists from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Tokyo Healthcare University, through short-term experiments, discovered that even a five minute massage could significantly improve facial skin blood flow up to 25%.

Meanwhile, during a long-term test, the effects of daily massages examined over a five week period found the tool improved skin’s vasodilatory response to heat stimulation.

The researchers of the study, published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, said: “The increase in skin blood flow after applying the massage roller persisted much longer than we had expected.

“Short-term mechanical stimulation by a facial massage roller increased skin blood flow for more than ten minutes solely in the massaged cheek.”

An explanation for these effects could be the endothelial cells in the massaged area producing more nitric oxide; known to be a potent vasodilator.

The production of nitric oxide in the skin allows cells to heal, decreases clotting and expand blood vessels, which can effectively reduce the signs of ageing, including fine lines and wrinkles.

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