THE BEAUTY world perpetually churns out new, high-tech devices that claim to pluck, prick, suck, slough and zap skin to perfection. But for people like Ericka Anderson, 33, a marketing copywriter in Kansas City, Mo., some truly ancient techniques never get old.
Take gua sha stones, used to massage and de-puff the face, and dry brushing, which purportedly promotes lymphatic drainage. These old-school modalities, said Anderson, are “less expensive and more straightforward” than many new gadgets and lend themselves to agreeably “methodical” self-care routines.