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Sandra Lanshin Chiu’s Magic Touch
Sandra Lanshin Chiu. Portrait by Betsy Blundell.

Sandra Lanshin Chiu’s Magic Touch

This Brooklyn esthetician beats breakouts with Eastern remedies.

At her three-year-old Williamsburg, Brooklyn, studio, Treatment by Lanshin, Sandra Lanshin Chiu uses Chinese medicine including acupuncture, herbs, and alternative healing methods to get the body back in gear. But it’s her knack for beautifying the skin—something she accomplishes with the on-staff aesthetician Britta Plug—that’s winning the 40-year-old former banker a loyal following. The two women use Chinese cupping therapy on the face, which helps to cleanse pores and reduce puffiness. Brave clients can take the procedure to the next level by adding tiny needles: Sucking out small amounts of blood from the face, Chiu says, “releases heat and toxins to prevent breakouts and boost circulation.” Just trust us on this one. katie becker

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