I Tried TikTok’s 5-Minute “Face Lifting” Hack & Here’s The Difference

It seems there's a new TikTok hack promising to transform skin every single week, but you've got to hand it to the app's beauty experts and armchair enthusiasts: Some of them really do work. From facial cupping (which takes inspiration from ancient Chinese medicine and makes skin glow) to skin icing (a celebrity-endorsed trick for de-puffing eye bags and relaxing facial muscles), I'm often impressed with the almost instant results.
Lately it's impossible to scroll through the thousands of beauty-related videos without seeing various "face lifting" or "sculpting" tricks. As we age, our skin and facial muscles tend to shift, and while that's entirely normal and to be expected over time, you might be looking into ways to boost elasticity and firmness and increase definition naturally without needles and lasers.

My favorite facial tools to lift and depuff my face! #skincare #skintips #skincareroutine

♬ Airplane Mode - limbo
Although TikTokers are still just as obsessed with rose quartz and jade rollers, as well as traditional gua sha tools to be used with luxurious serums and silky facial oils, a handful of other "roller" devices are taking over — with promising outcomes. There's one tool in particular that you've probably spotted on your TikTok feed countless times this week already: Nurse Jamie's UpLift Massaging Beauty Roller.
The device, created by nurse and skin-care expert Jamie Sherrill, might look strange, but TikTok's skin enthusiasts swear by it for sculpting cheekbones without any need for makeup, exercising and therefore strengthening facial muscles and providing skin with a youthful flush. One fan even touts it as the best skin-care investment they've ever made, and it often appears with the hashtag #tiktokmademebuyit. Studded with 24 small tourmaline quartz stones, the roller is meant to mimic the effects of a lifting, firming, tightening facial, all in a matter of minutes and in the comfort of your own bedroom.
Of course I was intrigued. Since the pandemic took hold, my skin has gone through multiple changes. Perhaps more noticeable thanks to wearing face masks, I've spotted the skin around my eyes and jawline begin to slacken. In general, it's safe to say my post-lockdown skin is in need of a livening boost.
What swayed me about this specific face-lifting tool is that it's pretty no-frills. You don't have to use it alongside skin care (although it might glide better if you do) and it's said to do the job of a professional facial in 30-45 seconds when focused on one specific area at a time. TikTokers are using it at their desks, in bed, and on planes, proving it's quick and easy to incorporate into any skin-care routine, whether minimal or jam-packed.
When it comes to skin-care gadgets, I have to admit that I'm skeptical. That's mainly because I'm too lazy to use them regularly enough to notice a difference, although I often wonder how much of an impact a manual tool like this can have on the skin when scientifically-proven ingredients like retinol and vitamin C are already out there. However, my experience with the UpLift Massaging Beauty Roller proved my cynicism about this particular device unwarranted.
My initial thoughts? This is freezing. The tiny jet-black crystals felt like ice on my skin, but once I got used to it, it was incredibly soothing. I began rolling the tool along my cheeks (always puffy in the morning), jawline (which I want to tighten up), then over my nose, brow bone, chin, lips, and forehead. After just five minutes, my face felt like it had been expertly pummeled and massaged by a professional facialist. There was even a slight throb (although not painful), like my face had been ordered to do a seriously intense workout. Similar to an expensive facial treatment, after a minute or two the tool provides skin with a natural flush. But that's only temporary. So what about the more permanent results?

Trying the 5 min “face lifting” hack with Nurse Jamie’s Uplift Massage Beauty Roller. TikTok made me try it! #facelifting #beautyroller #facialroller

♬ original sound - Jacqueline Kilikita
After about a week of massaging regularly, my cheeks appear a lot more toned and lifted, but I'm most impressed by the change in my jawline, as you can spot in the before-and-after pictures. The definition is pretty incredible. I didn't notice much effect at all on the slack skin just below my eyebrows — the area I was most hoping to spot a difference — but Skin Labo Intensive Lift Serum is helping with that. It's also worth noting that any noticeable results are likely to be a result of regular use, rather than one go, no matter what TikTok's speedy videos imply. I'd also suggest taking it easy: Overdoing it with any lifting tool (for instance, pressing too hard or rolling too fast) could potentially bruise the skin or cause lots of redness. It's also advised to avoid broken skin or active acne for fear of causing irritation and inflammation.
Nurse Jamie's lifting tool isn't the only hi-tech facial roller to make waves among TikTok's beauty community for emulating the effects of a lifting facial. NuFACE Facial Toning Device is popular for sculpting cheekbones and making skin appear supple, and double-pronged facial massage tools like Skin Gym Face Sculptor are also everywhere on the app, with TikTokers championing them for ironing away puffiness and making wrinkles less visible. All of these tools can be used with or without skin care depending on your personal preference, and can be cleaned easily after each use.
It's no wonder at-home "face lifting" is slowly becoming on par with professional facials in popularity. With many of us still wary of face-to-face treatments, having a little less to spend on beauty products, and more time to assess our skin in the mirror, investing in tools like these makes sense. As you can see, the results speak for themselves, and this is definitely a technique I'll slot into my skin-care routine going forward. I just have to remember that consistency is key.
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

More from Skin Care

R29 Original Series