The fight against environmental aggressors and the quest for optimal PH balance continues. Face flattening is the latest craze. Face rollers are the latest boujee luxury.
Susanne Kaufmann’s £230/$290 Obsidian Face Roller is a must-have for relieving muscle inflammation, strengthening the connective tissue, and aiding the body to better absorb vitamins C and D. Designed by her brother, architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann, who also designed the family’s spa hotel spa in Bezau, in Austria’s Bregenzer Forest, the roller features hand-cut black Obsidian stone from South Tyrol. The handle is cut from fine nut wood and the steel mount designed by blacksmith and metal specialist Felder in Andelsbuch.
Developed in collaboration with a team of pharmacists and dermatologists, Susanne’s extensive collection of skin-specific formulas are targeted treatments designed to address the full spectrum of common skin concerns and help to re-establish equilibrium. Plants local to the Bregenz Forest mountains are used. Obsidian is renowned for its healing properties in ancient medicine. Place the roller in the center of the face and stroke/roll horizontally outwards. To treat the area around the eyes, place the roller under the eye next to the bridge of the nose and roll it horizontally towards the temple. For a rapid reduction of swelling around the eye area or for a small “emergency treatment,” put the roller in the refrigerator for a few hours before use. Kaufmann recommends using the face roller, especially with her ampoules and serums. As well as her cultish “Enzyme Peel,” witch hazel bath oil and other organic, plant-based products, Kaufmann offers Intensive Power Serum ( £200/ $250) with wild yam. Moth bean and lupine extracts and sunflower oil and Vitamin C, Ectoin skin emollient, and Q10 ampoules blended with the superfruit Schisandra, the Chinese five -fruit-bearing flavor vine. It is used as an adaptogen for increasing resistance to disease and stress.
For optimum results, apply your serum or moisturizer just before you use your face roller so that the active ingredients penetrate more deeply into the skin. Susanne Kaufmann™ recommends placing your face roller in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before use. To clean, rinse your roller under lukewarm water and then leave it to air-dry.