Calming and Sculpting
Manual lymphatic drainage massage helps remove excess fluid (lymph) in the body with carefully choreographed motions that can be difficult for a novice to master at home. A more accessible technique is gua sha, says Huntzinger, which involves gliding a stone tool (she likes the versions by Lanshin) over your face to boost circulation and release muscle tension. Start by applying a mist, oil or serum so the stone has some slip (try Rose Ingleton MD’s Skin Calming Booster, $70). Position the notched edge of the tool at the center of your chin, keeping the stone flat against the skin. Lightly drag the stone along your jawline, moving it up to your right ear. Repeat this five times, then do the same on the other side of your jaw, moving the stone up to your left ear. Continue this process by working in zones: across the cheeks, under the eyes, and forehead, always beginning in the center of the face, and moving upward to the sides. Another option, says the Dallas-based facialist Joanna Czech, is a toning microcurrent device, such as the NuFace Trinity, $325, which zaps muscles with (mostly painless) pulsating electrical currents for a noticeable lift. Follow with a toning serum — Czech swears by Biologique Recherche’s Serum VG Tensil, $72 — and a firming cream, such as Estée Lauder’s Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Crème, $87.