Ying Yu rollers bear more than a passing resemblance to some kind of torture device - designed to (very slowly) pummel a Triad traitor to death. However they are built for waging war on saggy jowls and dull complexions rather than organised crime operatives.
I can't say i massively go in for any of these mechanical techniques on my skin, mostly through sheer laziness. I did have a few, especially vain weeks, where i put into practice a nightly massage, as advocated by Lisa Eldridge. She swears by a good weekly massage in improving the skin and preventing wrinkles.
I've also been at the receiving end of a Sarah Chapman facial - admittedly they combine a number of different methods but they provided a serious face massage that left my skin glowing for weeks.
So, before I instantly dismiss this approach to anti ageing and skin improvement there is some weak physiological evidence for a good spanking of the face. It does stimulate circulation and get the blood and lymphatic system pumping to the targeted area carrying with it lots of lovely nutrients and getting rid of all the waste products (medical degree in the post).
But what of this little contraption? The Ying Yu roller is made from pure jade which is used in Chinese medicine as a complexion calmer and for boosting the lymphatic system (expertly explained above). They recommend daily massages around the eyes and under the jaw bone to assist in the drainage of toxins into your lymph system in order to counteract puffiness and improve the complexion. They also suggest putting it in the fridge as a way of boosting the de-puffiness factor.
And so, i lovingly wrapped 'my little friend' in tissue paper (so it wouldn't absorb the noxious odours of our fridge) and left it to chill overnight. The next morning it was road tested by the whole family as part of our 'Sunday morning play hour'..........That was a joke, obviously we don't have designated play time. We drink coffee and i check Instagram.
The roller was lovely and cooling and offered a very soothing effect on my skin with possibly, possibly some de-puffiness factor. I next tried it on my husband who said 'this is what it would feel like to have a virtual shave' - although he has a beard so he is not so up to date with current depilation techniques.
Finally it was offered to my baby who was having a whinge. To be fair it instantly soothed her when it was rubbed over the bridge of her nose. However, the true magic was when she grabbed it out of my hands and stuffed it into her mouth. Patent pending the chilled roller offered the perfect teething soother. Smooth, cold and perfect gum ramming size - even complete with a handle. She loved it!
In the interests of a health and safety disclaimer i'm sure this kind of poor parenting practice shouldn't be allowed and clearly a solid jade object isn't the ideal thing for teething once the little diamonds have finally come through. Still, for 5 minutes in our living room it was pure ancient magic.
£28 from Cult Beauty. Mine was part of one of their boxes and i'm not sure i would necessarily go and purchase the roller without doing a bit more research on facial massage and being prepared to use a bit of elbow grease. I will however, wrap it up and put it in my child's stocking.