Of course, I don’t need further evidence thatDeepikaPadukone’s skin is next-level mega But scrolling through her feed a few weeks ago, I saw her using a face roller, which confirms that when it comes to skincare, this woman knows what’s up. It’s not news that the ELLE team (along with the rest of the world) is obsessed with face tools. We’re massaging our faces with a variation of jade rollers, gua sha tools and kansa wands because it feels so good. And as Padukone rightly captioned her picture, “Productivity in the time of COVID-19! #selflove #selfcare” – because even a simple action like skincare feels meditative.
The trick was to ascertain the exact tool Padukone posted in the picture. It looked like the ReFa S Carat, a platinum face roller that”visibly tightens and rejuvenates skin” that tends to slacken around the eyes and mouth for a firmer, more contoured appearance” according to its website. Created in Japan, the ReFa roller has a solar panel that converts light into low-level microcurrents helping skin appear firmer. With endorsements from supermodel Lily Aldridge and Patti Dubroff who is the make-up artist to Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Margot Robbie and Natalie Portman, the ReFa Carat has been flying off shelves. As someone who is always game to try a new beauty innovation, I had picked a face roller suspiciously similar to this from Miniso a few months ago but never got around to using it until now.
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How does it work?
The twin-ball face massager (does this make anyone else giggle? Okay, so I’m the immature one here) works on a similar principal as most face massagers. As skin is scooped, lifted and pinched by the two rotating balls (nobody?) it stimulates the muscle below our skin to increase circulation. It moves fluids around to depuff, hell, it even releases muscle tension especially around the jawline.
I typically used this in the morning post my skincare routine while going through emails. Thanks to the design, the balls hug the contours of the face as it rolled along the jaw and cheekbones. This made it super effective in flushing out puffiness courtesy an erratic sleep pattern and binge watching TV. With no solar panel on the dupe, it was missing the skin tightening, fine lines-busting microcurrents, but it didn’t disappoint when it came to giving a deep tissue face massage. The pinching effect felt like an enthusiastic aesthetician kneading my face—it’s not uncomfortable, but the tingly feeling (aka blood circulation) takes some time to get accustomed to. Once I got the hang of it, it felt just as soothing as the jade roller. I even used it on my neck and arms to relieve tight muscles and knots.
Bottom line: If you’re looking to update your skincare routine or need an at-home facial this is a helpful tool.