Nichola Joss is the skin expert and facialist behind a number of the world’s most flawless complexions—cue Cate Blanchett, Meghan Markle, and Australia’s own Margot Robbie. Renowned for her signature massage and sculpting technique to refine and tone the skin, Joss also swears by the use of oils to promote glowing skin.
Here, we drilled her on her top skin tips—you can thank us later.
InStyle: What are the benefits for massaging your complexion?
Nichola Joss: “I have spent many, many years talking about the benefits of massage, not only for the body but also for the face. When you massage the skin on the face, you immediately bring blood to the surface, feeding the skin cells with oxygen and nutrition and distressing the muscle tissue, which releases tension, and lifts and tones the muscles to give better facial contours. Massage also helps to eliminate puffiness and toxins—when stored in the muscle and skin tissue, they can cause congestion, breakouts and, more importantly, will escalate the ageing process of the skin.”
InStyle: Can you talk us through your technique in your signature Facial Treatment?
Nichola Joss: “My inner facial treatment starts with massage which continues throughout. Cleansing and exfoliating, massaging a mask into the skin to warm up the muscles and feel for areas of tension and stress in the muscle tissue. Deep massage movements pressure point and lymphatic drainage to sculpt contour and enhance the face. De-stressing the muscle tissue allows it to become stronger and vibrant, flushing it with blood and nutrients. Continuous massage will improve muscle health and volume, and add needed radiance and vitality.”
InStyle: Can you take us through how we can recreate this treatment at home?
Step 1: Apply your favourite facial oil to the palms of your hands and rub them together gently. Place the palms of the hands onto the cheeks and side of the face gently pressing in the oil. Then, take one palm and place it onto the forehead pressing the oil in and down the neck from under the ears, sweeping towards the centre of the neck and ending at the opposite shoulder. Do the same the other side, repeating three times each side.
Step 2: Working from the bridge of the nose, sweep outwards and upwards towards the hairline. Repeat this six times.
Step 3: Take your index and your middle finger—palms facing out—and hold the jaw between the two fingers firmly starting from the chin. Gently bend the knuckles and sweep out towards the edge of the jawline. Repeat this six times.
Step 4: Taking the heels of the palms of the hand, gently press under the cheekbone area and push the palms inwards, and hold for a count of six.
Step 5: Place your index fingers on the temple gently supporting the skin (pulling slightly towards hairline) take your middle finger gently sweep under the eye area towards the bridge of the nose and then using pressure slowly work along the eyebrow. Repeat this six times. Finish by organically massaging the face using the fingertips in a circular motion, always working outwards and upwards.
InStyle: What are the benefits of using facial oils like the Lumity Facial Oil?
Nichola Joss: “Oils are fantastic at not only encouraging you to spend time massaging your complexion, but to rebalance and smooth the skin, refine pores, add essential nutrients deep into the layers, address dryness and dehydration as well as balancing oily skin. I love the light, natural fragrance of the Lumity Facial Oil (approx $86; lumitylife.com.au)—the texture is so divine and it completely absorbs into the skin, leaving a dewy finish. It acts as a primer before make-up, too, and when massaged into the skin at night it helps to remove tension and stress from the muscles, while also keeping the contours of the face lifted and toned.”