It's hardly a secret that team Byrdie is obsessed with facial massagers. Whether it's a jade roller or Nurse Jamie's Uplift tool, we're all for them. Not that long ago, I popped into The Body Shop, I knew it had an £8 facial massager, and I thought I'd give it a try. I was happily perusing the shelves: colourful jars of body butters stacked up high, the good old vitamin E collection, and that's when I spotted the futuristic-looking Twin-Ball Revitalising Facial Massager (£16) out of the corner of my eye.
The palm-size massager is pretty hefty, thanks to its metallic balls (is it just me who sniggers at that sentence? I'm a child, I know). Like the metal tips on many eye cream tubes, these stay cool whatever the weather, which feels like bliss on the skin and has a welcome de-puffing effect on the complexion. Thanks to the design, not only do the balls hug your jawline and your cheekbones, but they also roll as you draw the tool along and up your face, so you get a really effective massage.
It comes housed in a small box, and on inside of the lid is a handy (and crucially, simple) five-step massage routine you can do that takes mere minutes. Used in the evening, it helps to relax weary muscles and draw out unwanted tension; used in the morning it tackles puffiness with ease.
Before using, apply your usual serum or cream, as this will help the massager glide along the contours of your face. Start at your chin and draw it along your jawbone up to you ear and repeat on the other side. If you hold tension here, you'll feel the balls working their way through the knots, easing them as they go.
Next, bring the massager up to your cheek and follow your cheekbone up and out towards your temples. I repeated the action three times on my jaw and three times on my cheek on one side of my face. It was crazy that I immediately noticed the massaged side looked lifted and more spritely. I repeated the moves on the other side. You can then work it upwards then horizontally across your forehead and up your neck and chin, an often neglected area (by me, at least).
It's been a few weeks, and I have to say my skin looks much better for it—just a bit less tired and a tad perkier. In fact, there is nothing my face doesn't love about this tool, so I'm happy to report that it's now in a long-term relationship with my face.