Results. That’s what gets us. Visible, tangible, ideally rapid results. All too often, when it comes to skin laxity and wrinkles, the swiftest means to the end involves lasers, needles, and downtime. While we at VIOLET GREY understand the appeal of quick-fix solutions—trust us, we have the numbing Rx to prove it—we also appreciate a less invasive approach.

Enter UK import FaceGym. The FaceGym method centers around the idea of training the muscles in your face to prevent sagging, much like how we train our bodies. Founder Inge Theron worked with fitness instructors, dermatologists, and facial therapists to develop the protocol, which to date includes innovative skin care formulas, some truly cutting-edge workout tools, and a series of trainer-guided workout videos accessible via QR code. You can also book a cardio session for your face at one of the brand’s “Gyms.”

When Theron invited VIOLET LAB to experience her newest innovation in at-home facial care—the FaceGym Active Roller—we decided to, well, roll with it.


The VIOLET LAB has seen its fair share of at-home micro-needling tools, a category that is notoriously difficult to get right. It’s tricky to keep the needles truly sanitary, and, if used incorrectly, they can actually damage the skin. Ingeniously, the FaceGym Active Roller features disposable heads (no need for cleaning) with microneedles that are actually made from crystallized active ingredients that dissolve directly into the skin. As we chose our treatment (the Brightening, Hydrating, or Youthful heads are composed of different ingredients for different results) and gently rolled the tool over clean, dry skin, it felt prickly but not painful or unpleasant and left our skin looking revitalized and plumped. Watching as the redness quickly subsided and a serious glow emerged, we eagerly put the at-home skin changers in front of the Committee of Industry Experts

“First of all YES to disposable, single-use, at-home microneedling! The Youthful formula helped me achieve the dewiest skin in just one use, and with plant-based growth factors and niacinamide you can’t go wrong!”


“These are so cool! I stopped using microneedling rollers because of the cleaning process but this single-use version is perfect. The technology that allows the actives to be pushed into skin makes this a stand-out product for me. I’m really impressed.”


“I like that the FaceGym at-home Active Roller uses ‘needles’ that are crystallized skincare ingredients. The cartridges are single-use which really helps make at-home microneedling safe.”

—SOFIE PAVITT, Aesthetician


Testers were so impressed with these cleaner, safer alternatives to micro-needling that drive active ingredients deep into the skin for highly effective treatment while also promoting collagen and elastin production, that they began stockpiling the different refill heads for their own kits. With that, FaceGym’s Active Rollers (and the refills) are officially VIOLET CODE APPROVED and have earned a place on THE SHELVES.


The VIOLET CODE is a process and set of standards by which VIOLET GREY’s Committee of Industry Experts separate hero products from the tens of thousands of options available to you on the market. The result is a curation that is truly the best in beauty from those who know best.