Tracee Ellis Ross Uses This Unique Beauty Tool to Keep Her Skin "Tight and Cute"
Hint: "Blue balls" are involved (no, not like that).
Yesterday was a big day for Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis Ross: She began filming for her lead role in Covers, a comedy set among the fast-paced world of Hollywood's music scene.
While prepping for her first day on set, the actress shared a glimpse of her beauty routine on Instagram. In the video, two blue facial massagers glide across Ellis Ross' under-eyes as she speaks to the camera.
"I’m gonna look 10 in like 5 minutes," Ellis Ross jokes in the video. "As I've said, getting older is an exercise and opportunity for self-acceptance to learn over and over again that your casing is not your soul, and your soul is what's important," she adds on a ~real~ note. "But in the meantime, I'm going to do everything I can do to keep this casing tight and cute."
Although Ellis Ross doesn't share the brand of facial massagers she's using, the blue wands appear very similar to this set of Allegra Baby Magic Globes (Buy It, $32, amazon.com). And FYI, both Cindy Crawford and Jessica Alba use them for fresh and youthful-looking skin.
So how do these "magic globes" actually work? Based on their Amazon product description, they're designed to be frozen and applied in a rolling motion over your forehead, cheeks, and neck for two to six minutes to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As Ellis Ross demonstrates, they're ideal for treating your under-eyes. (Related: Are Jade Rollers Really a Magical Anti-Aging Skin-Care Tool?)
But there's more to this tool than the anti-aging benefits, according to the product's description. It can also help to eliminate redness and calm the skin after other beauty treatments (think waxing, extractions, electrolysis, and peels) by stimulating blood circulation and oxygenating skin. Some even use these chilled massagers to set make-up or treat sinus pain, headaches, or migraines.
FWIW, some beauty pros question whether facial massagers actually deliver the benefits they promise. At the very least, though, storing your roller in the fridge and using it in the morning can help to reduce puffiness in the short-term, Mona Gohara, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale Medical School, previously told us.
At the end of the day, there's really no substitute for good skin care. But there's certainly no downside to using products like these magic balls, either. (On that note, check out these anti-aging solutions that have nothing to do with products or surgery.)