As if being part of the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards isn’t glamorous enough. Everyone knows being part of music’s biggest night has its perks—as for what exactly those perks are, mere spectators like us can only guess. However, last Saturday, I was one of the few lucky ones who scored a golden ticket to the GRAMMY Gift Lounge. If you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of it or ever been invited to this fancy lounge before, don’t fret—I assure you that it’s not just you.
Produced by Distinctive Assets, the GRAMMY Gift Lounge is open exclusively to the show’s participants (presenters, performers and some select media personnel), and is usually held during the show’s 3-day rehearsal. This is where all the high-end gift giving takes place, and if you’re one of the who’s who in the music industry, you can get everything this lounge has to offer—absolutely free! For its 15th year, the lounge featured gifts from health and beauty brand MTG, headgear company New Era, Gibson Guitar, Jager iOsonic, Simone Smith (LL Cool J’s wife) Jewelry, Chakalates (from artist Chaka Khan), among others. Oh and did I mention a $7,400 gift certificate from retail boutique interior designer Seyie Putsure?
Of course, being the beauty lover that I am, I was naturally drawn to MTG’s ReFa Carat Platinum Electronic Body Roller. At first I wasn’t sure what this silver shiny object is and what it does. All I knew was that the brand sold millions of this unit in Japan. And that this product delivers skin-stimulating results using electrical currents. And that using this product for 20 minutes will give you visibly noticeable results that last up to 30 hours! So without further ado, I took this product home and tried the product on myself to see what the fuss is all about (the product’s booth was extremely busy).
Frankly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from rubbing this silver roller on my face. Save for occasional rough patches on my forehead, I’m not suffering from any major skin issue at the moment. But I do know how electrical facials are having a major moment among celebrities right now, and that it’s especially beneficial to those who tend to overuse neurotoxins like Botox. According to some dermatologists, regular microcurrent sessions stimulate facial and neck muscles, plumping and firming the skin and preventing wrinkles from forming. A few studies even claim that electrical currents actually trigger collagen synthesis and encourage faster wound healing in animal skin. Think of the possibilities!
Contrary to what we saw on Kyle Richards’ Twitter feed, ReFa Carat doesn’t require you to plug those scary-looking electrical wires to your face. This device looks much more futuristic than that, with its V-shaped design (designed as such to replicate the techniques of a professional aesthetician), platinum coating and octagonal rollers. What’s more, this device is completely solar-powered, which means you’d never have to deal with annoying cords or replacing batteries ever!
If you’re concerned about the pain, not to worry, you won’t feel a thing (except for the same relaxing feeling you get from getting a facial massage). The reason is because it generates an extremely gentle microcurrent, one that’s virtually identical to the current that naturally runs through our skin. Aside from the face, you can also use this on other parts of your body, like your back, leg, arms, hips, waist and wherever you think you need a little electrical stimulation. Overall, I’m really glad I get to try this now, way before the first few signs of wrinkles appear. The lady at the booth said all you need is a few minutes each day, and you’ll get better skin in no time. I’m really excited to see the results!
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