Why You're Putting On Your Face Products Wrong

Faith Xue

I have a confession to make: I’m a facial newbie. Yes, I’m a beauty editor, and yes, it's a part of my job to test all the different treatments out there (an excruciating task, I know), but honestly, I’ve always preferred to pamper my own skin in the comfort of my own home (read: I hoard face masks). Facials are nice, but I’ve never been blown away by the results…until now. Cue the dramatic music.

The Treatment

A few weeks ago, I visited the Ciel Spa at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to experience Ling’s Energy Lift Facial. In case you didn’t know, Ling Chan is an NYC-based esthetician responsible for annoyingly-perfect skin of models like Lily Aldridge, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Gisele Bundchen—in other words, I wanted her hands on my face, immediately. Unfortunately, since I reside in the land of palm trees and green juice, I wasn’t able to experience Ling’s signature facial with her personal magic touch. Fortunately, my esthetician at the Ciel Spa possessed what I can only describe as the hands of an angel. Is it possible to black out from pure bliss? I can only assume so, because that’s the only way to describe how I felt as she cleansed, exfoliated, peeled, extracted, moisturized, brightened, and transformed my skin with an assortment of Ling’s products. My favorites? The Spotlight Papaya Resurfacing Peel ($65) and the Ginseng Therapy Moisture Mask ($36)—both felt light and cooling as they were smoothed over my blissed-out complexion.

The Highlight

The highlight of the entire treatment came at the end, when she rubbed a hot tourmaline stone over my face—which sounds like some sort of creative torture device, but was actually incredibly soothing (well, as soothing as a 110 degree hot stone can be). Tourmaline is an energizing stone that has long been thought to revitalize your skin and make it appear more radiant. The device she used also had infrared light, which stimulates circulation, according a study from The Journal of Cosmetic Science. At the end of my facial, I peered into my reflection and was greeted with a refreshed, happier version of myself—a refreshed, happier version of myself with glowing skin.

The Takeaways

But that’s not all. During my facial, I couldn’t help but notice my esthetician applying the various products in a way that was very different from the slap-on-and-rub-in method I usually employ. Intrigued, I phoned up Ling herself after my experience and asked her to explain. Turns out, I’ve been applying my face products wrong this entire time—and you might be too.

Keep flipping to find out four game-changing ways to make the most out of your face products and apply them correctly!

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