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Looking for a little lift? A beauty tool can lend a helping hand, boosting tone while reducing puffiness. Here’s what you need in your kit.

- by INGRIE WILLIAMS photograph­y by GEOFFREY ROSS

Facial massage is the key to getting more out of your skincare regimen.

A HEALTHY PART OF POST-FACIAL BLISS IS EMERGING with a contoured quality to your face. Using facial massage, a skilled aesthetici­an can define your jawbone, sculpt your cheekbones, soften fine lines on your forehead and deflate puffiness around your eyes. Hello, mini-facelift! But such an outcome doesn’t demand seeing a pro exclusivel­y. Now, a growing number of beauty tools are putting the power to achieve at-home results in your hands.

“My beauty mantra is that it is better to maintain than to reclaim,” says Jamie Sherrill, a registered nurse and owner of Beauty Park Medical Spa in Los Angeles. “I have always been a firm believer in the power of massage and the different massage techniques used in our signature facials, but it’s impossible to find time for that on a daily basis,” says Sherrill. Inspired to equip her clients for quick at-home maintenanc­e, the celebrity skincare expert developed Nurse Jamie beauty tools that boast user-friendly designs. Along with encouragin­g skin to defy the pull of gravity, applying gentle pressure to the face, neck and chest creates lymphatic drainage, nixing puffiness and leading to a tightened appearance.

For best results use tools with a skincare product rather than on dry skin. “One of the keys to a successful gua sha session is using an oil serum that has a perfect slip, so you can glide [the stone] on the skin and not pull,” says Valerie Grandury, founder and CEO of the clean beauty brand Odacité. Grandury first discovered gua sha (pronounced “gwahshah”), a traditiona­l Chinese medicine practice, in Hong Kong during a body treatment that rejuvenate­d her after travelling. Impressed by the results, she created a stone tool that was suitable for the face. “Gua sha is the deep tissue [massage] of facial rollers,” she says. “It has the ability to work on fascia tissue that envelops muscle, which is rich in collagen, for a stimulatin­g and lifting effect. It helps f lush away toxins and maintain clear skin, and it has a fabulous relaxing effect on the face.”

Choosing from the array of wands, rollers and stones comes down to preference. Find one that feels like a natural fit in your hand. “The best beauty tool is something that is easy to use and something that you will actually use,” says Sherrill. “You’ll see a difference after the first treatment, and regular use will strengthen your results,” says Grandury. If daily use seems ambitious, even a few minutes throughout the week will keep things moving in the right direction.

If daily use seems ambitious, even a few minutes throughout the week will keep things moving in the right direction.

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WINNERS ROSE QUARTZ CONTOURING STONE,
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