Facialist Isabelle Bellis
has a waiting list that stretches beyond the six-month mark, and her unique sculpting massaging (she trained at the school of famed aesthetician Joelle Ciocco
, godmother of the form) is just one of the reasons. “A properly tailored neck and face sculpture massage
strengthens facial muscles, effectively reshaping the face—it’s similar to working with clay to form a sculpture,” she explains.
While this might conjure the image of a vigorous (and borderline painful) post-tennis deep-tissue massage, Bellis’ technique relies on a very soft touch or, as she describes it, a “caress.” Using soft but swift upward motions and pressing even more gently around the eyes, Bellis delivers plumping and anti-aging results that devotees swear to in lieu of Botox and fillers. And while there’s no substitute for Bellis’ magic touch, she suggests trying the massage at home (you can do it with your usual gentle cleanser) to download some of its benefits into your daily routine.