How are you feeling about your age, dumplings? I’m currently right smack in the middle of my thirties—and feeling great. Despite the fact that I sensed rapid aging right around 28–32, it actually slowed down to a manageable rate in the past three years. Maybe getting older isn’t a straight slope, but a staircase or a series of rolling hills. I’m fitter than I was five years ago. My gray hairs have a nice habit of growing underneath the top layer—it’s like they’re mindful of not pushing me over the edge. And most of all, I’m happy on the inside, which makes it easier to deal with whatever is going on outside.
All that being said, I was very bummed a few months ago when I discovered a never-before-seen fine line on the outer corner of my right eye. While laugh lines (my beauty nemeses) appeared in my late twenties, my eye area has been free of crow’s feet until now. Honestly, I understand that it’s impossible and creepy to expect your face to remain the same forever—we all remember what happened to Snow White’s stepmom. But there were many things I wanted to do before my eyes became surrounded by crow’s feet, such as get married and take lots of wedding photos.
Just at that point, I was sent a pair of Ice Globes by a company called Facée. I didn’t have a lot of expectations for it, as I’ve already been a big fan of NuFace Microcurrent device since 2018. The NuFace lifts and firms my skin, and it also restored facial symmetry for me. But I thought adding the Ice Globes would be a nice change to my skincare routine.
An Ice Globe is a popsickle-shaped skincare tool made with a round side and a flat side. The glass tool is filled with anti-freeze liquid so it stays cool much longer than another facial tool or a metal spoon you might put in the fridge. To use, chill the Ice Globe by submerging it in ice water or putting it in the fridge for 20 minutes. I keep mine in a cup in the fridge.
Cleanse, tone, and apply serum as usual. Then take the Ice Globe and use it in circular motion, lifting up and outward from the center of your face, to lift and firm. I like to lift up toward my ear and draw it down along my neck to promote lymphatic drainage. I use both the round side and the flat side to “iron out” the fine lines around the eyes and the mouth. Also, lay the cold surface on any areas with enlarged pores to tighten and clarify.
The first time I used the Ice Globe, I got hooked on the calming, stress-relieving, and mindful effect. I also noticed an immediate “ironed out” effect on my fine lines. In the past three weeks of using the Ice Globe, I’ve also noticed my eyes are far less puffy around the clock and that my pores look more blurred. It feels true that the Ice Globe helps with lymphatic drainage. Sluggish lymphatic system can erupt in acne, especially around the neck and the jawline (most of the body’s lymph nodes are located in the neck). Draining the toxic lymph back toward the heart helps with the body’s own healing system. I would have to use the Ice Globe for a few more months to say conclusively, but I have noticed a clearer skin with no blemishes during this intensely hot month when I was super stressed over work.
Last but not least, I no longer see the first crow’s feet on my outer corner that so aggrieved me. A few days ago, I was flying for work for 20 hours (so many delays and cancellations) and on my final flight back home. I was seated with a 22-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, who gasped and expressed denial that I could be 35. “You look our age!” They claimed, even though I was exhausted, hadn’t washed my face or brushed my teeth, and had no makeup on. Maybe it was the Ice Globe, or the dim light of the airplane. Maybe they were delusional after so many hours of canceled flights. But whatever it was, I’ll take it.
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