Yes, it sounds bizarre. But when you’re in the hands of Ling Chan, a facialist who has worked with Gisele Bündchen and Uma Thurman, you kind of let her do her thing.
And then you are superhappy you did, because a hot-stone massage is even more calming on tense jaws than it is on your back. At least, that was my experience with the Energy Lift facial at the Ling Chan Spa in New York City. Ling uses a hot-stone machine that also emits LED lights on your spine, shoulders, and (swoon!) jawline, cheeks, temples, brow bones, and under-eyes. It’s supposed to realign your chi, but all I can really say is that it feels amazing. I didn’t even realize how much tension I carried in my jaw until she ran the stone over it. The facial ended with a trio of masks that made my skin glow for three days. Plus, I took away these tips from Ling for getting glow-y skin. Try them out—and maybe don’t attempt the hot-stone part at home.
Give yourself a facial in two easy steps. First, smooth on serum or oil. “If you want anti-aging benefits, use a firming serum with peptides. For a glow, use a brightening serum with vitamin C. If your skin is dry, use a hydrating oil, like squalane oil,” says Ling. (She recommends her own Ling New York Freeze & Uncrease Peptide Anti-wrinkle Solution, HI Vitamin C 12%, and Hydra Squalane serums.) Then pop on any sheet mask (some of them are pricey, but Masque Bar by Look Beauty Sheet Masks are $9.99 at Target). “The mask hydrates and pushes the serum deeper into your skin,” says Ling. “A lot of women in Asia use masks every day. But if you do it the night before a big event, you’ll see a big difference the next day.”
Look amazing when you travel. “A lot of my clients get dry [skin] during the summer, because they travel more,” says Ling. “I tell them to use a hydrating face mask the night before getting on a plane and again the next night, after they land. It really prevents dehydration.” She recommends her own Instant Oxygen Recovery Mask, but any hydrating mask will do.
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