The ReFa Carat Massage Roller is admittedly steep in price, but I've learned after a 45 minute massage session that it generates buzz in the beauty world for a reason! The intense pressure it puts on my face is akin to that of a face massage that goes for 60 dollars an hour here in New York City.
The rationale behind the pinching and rolling of the skin is that it enables lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system consists of vessels that help rid the body of toxins. Although “sculpting” may seem very procedural, targeting the lymphatic system it increases lymph flow and drains the lymph from the body tissue—a naturally occurring process. While absentmindedly rolling the device so that it pinched my cheeks upwards, I was decreasing bloating while toning the face.
The top two balls do most of the pinching while the bottom two do the rolling. I targeted my cheek, chin and neck areas, which tend to show the repercussions of aging.The effect was evident the next day, as my face hurt in a way that one’s body hurts after exercising. Although the effect is not instant, I found that my faint laugh lines were not as prominent, which makes sense considering the upwards tug of the skin. Oftentimes when I go to bed and sleep for too long on one side, my face is asymmetrical, with the side that was pressed against my bed drooping slightly. The ReFa works in the same manner but with a positive effect—it simply molds the face such that after multiple uses, the face begins to fight against the downward pull of gravity.
In an age where “tech neck sagging” (It’s true--look it up! It’s the appearance of saggy skin due to looking down at one’s device) has become prevalent, the ReFa counteracts the idle times when you don’t realize that gravity is pushing your skin downwards.