Lana Condor Turns to These Two Self-Care Treatments When She's 'Feeling Off'

The actress recently made the case for focusing on your face when you’re needing a little extra TLC. 

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Maybe you rely on a few minutes of meditation and a glass (or two...or three) of vino to help stay grounded when the world feels like a huge mess. Or perhaps your version of self-care includes flicking crumbs off your belly in bed (absolutely zero judgment!) as you binge-watch the latest season of Cheer. For Lana Condor? Self-care typically involves hot yoga, CBD-infused baths, and virtual reality workouts. But, as of late, the To All the Boys I've Loved Before star is making the case for focusing on your face when you're feeling especially frazzled and in need of some TLC.

On Tuesday, Condor posted a series of videos on Instagram Stories from her bathroom sharing the ultra-relaxing "deep breath" moment she turns to when she's "feeling off." The bathrobe-clad actress begins by encouraging her 10.9 million followers to "Consider this your sign to take a deep breath… And do a little self care pampering..." while moving a black gua sha — potentially YINA's Bian Stone Gua Sha (Buy It, $60, yina.co) — across her face. As Condor finishes rubbing her skin with the massage tool (which she told Who What Wear in October that she "live[s] for") the 24-year-old celeb adds, "Whenever I'm feeling off I take a couple [of] extra steps in my self care routine to make sure my body knows it deserves it."

YINA-BIAN STONE GUA SHA
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Just last month, Condor elaborated on why she gives her face (and body) a little love with a gua sha on the reg. "I gua sha every day. If you stumble upon gua sha videos on social media, it can seem intimidating, but it is well worth learning the ways because it really helps with firming and brightening and tightening," she told Glamour. "But it's also a really great face massage that gets you ready for the day. You also feel like you're taking care of yourself. You deserve the pampering!"

And she's not wrong: When used as a facial massage, gua sha — which, BTW, is an ancient technique of rubbing and stimulating the skin with roots in Eastern Chinese medicine — can promote circulation, thereby helping to boost delivery of important nutrients such as oxygen to keep skin plump and soft. It can also help with lymphatic drainage (essentially moving waste through the body), improve product penetration, and provide a lifting effect. Plus, to Condor's point, it just feels good to pamper yourself in a mindful, relaxing manner — period. (Read more: Can Gua Sha Scraping Therapy Alleviate Muscle Pain?)

But gua sha is only one part of Condor's latest self-care routine, as evidenced by her recent Instagram activity. In the final slides of her Story, Condor trades the stone tool for what looks like the NuFACE Mini (Buy It, $209, mynuface.com, dermstore.com) — another device the actress has also raved about in the past. "This contraption stings a little but is amazing & I use it often, especially when I'm on the way to work or need a little extra de puff and lift," she shares in Tuesday's Instagram Story as she runs the microcurrent gadget across her jawline and cheeks.

Nu Face-Mini Facial Toning Device
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Skin care mixed with self care on-the-go sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but this trusty little powerhouse product puts in the work to keep skin looking and feeling its best whenever you need a Zen moment or two. Microcurrent devices such as the NuFACE Mini deliver low-level currents of electricity to make muscles contract. The aim? To stimulate muscles, strengthen the underlying structure, and leave you with a more lifted look — all while, in Condor's words, being "so relaxing." (Pro tip: It's also solid skin-care treatment for the delicate neck area.)

But what about that stinging sensation the star mentions? Some degree of stinging is normal, according to the brand. That said, you can reduce the sensation by using a product such as NuFACE Hydrating Leave-on Gel Primer (Buy It, $14, mynuface.com), which is formulated to ensure an even gentler glide with the stimulating tool.

All in all, it seems like Condor has the right idea when it comes to caring for her skin, and it's clear she's got self care on lock. These days, snagging a moment of serenity wherever you can find it is of utmost importance, and ending up with dewy, gorgeous skin à la Condor certainly can't hurt.

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