While we usually look to Gwyneth Paltrow to keep us in the know about the latest out-there beauty trends, on this occasion even GP was in the dark when actress Tracee Ellis Ross debuted her glorious blue balls to the world of Instagram (ahem). OK, we'll explain. Front and center in the new wave of celeb beauty influencers (we're looking at you Kate Bosworth) is TER. From eyebrow tutorials to baby hair braids, the Black-ish star has been regularly sharing her top hair and makeup tips with her hefty 6.7m followers. But never have we been so intrigued as to when Ross pulled out two nameless blue orbs to massage her makeup-free face with abandon.
Although Google threw up some interesting results (bound to happen after typing "blue balls" into the search tab), it turns out that TER's secret skincare weapon is, in fact, Allegra Baby Magic Globes.
A bargain at just $32 and available on Amazon no less, the handy little tools come two sizes (both favored by Tracee) and, upon further research, are also bathroom staples for Jessica Alba and Cindy Crawford.
“They're often called ice globes and have been used in facials for years,” says facialist Abigail James. Made from Pyrex glass containing an antifreeze solution, the globes live up to their name by possessing magical multi-use status.
“They can be used to cool the surface of the skin which will boost blood flow, support the lymphatic system and generally refresh the skin, making them great for giving radiance and supporting a fresh eye look," James adds. "They're perfect to use on their own or over serums to drain, de-puff, give a super glow, they're a great tool to keep on-hand.” And the benefits don't stop there—according to the product description, they're a must-have “to treat skin after waxing, extractions, electrolysis, peels, facials and microdermabrasion” as well as assisting in easing headaches and migraines, treat sinus pain and set makeup, eliminate fine lines, tighten skin and help reduce large pores. Or in Ross's case, to give herself “a tight, tight chin” and keep her skin “tight and cute”.
A devotee and expert in facial massage, Abigail suggests keeping them in the fridge or in a bowl of ice as they hold their temperature much longer than the much-loved jade roller. “While the kettle's boiling or the coffee's brewing in the morning, just glide these over the skin and around the eye area to wake your face and de-puff those key areas for a more defined structure," she says. If it's good enough for Tracee, it's good enough for us!