A few weeks ago I popped along to Selfridges to acquaint myself with all that Japanese beauty brand, SUQQU, has to offer. I spent a good while grilling the brand’s UK Makeup Artist, Tomoko Kinoshita, on all things beauty and experienced both the infamous Gankin Facial Massage as well as a makeover using the SUQQU Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, the latter of which is absolutely gorgeous, so keep your eyes peeled for my post on that soon. Today’s post focuses on a really exciting treatment that’s designed to be done at home, the Gankin Facial Massage.
If Lisa Eldridge swears by a treatment, you know it’s something to find out more about! The Gankin Facial Massage is done using the SUQQU Musculate Massage & Mask Cream, which is a thick, creamy mask that you apply in a thick layer before starting your massage. The massage itself involves literally pummeling your face with your knuckles to loosen muscles and promote lymphatic flow – a sports massage for your face, if you will – it isn’t one for the faint-hearted but boy do you see results! It’s a very specific technique that you can technically learn by having a mooch online (there are some great videos on YouTube), however, you do need to experience it at least once to ensure you get the pressure right, otherwise it’s a bit of a waste of time.
After you’ve completed your massage you then remove the residual product with the enclosed sponge cloth – an interesting product in itself which feels a little like a Beauty Blender in cloth form making it perfect for removing masks as it literally wipes the whole thing off in one quick swoop. The intense massage technique paired with the deeply hydrating mask leaves skin looking and feeling impressively fresh, hydrated and glowy. This is the sort of treatment you should give yourself before a night out as the effects are immediate. You can book in for the Gankin Massage Tutorial (which includes the treatment itself) at either Selfridges or Fenwicks, with the cost being £40 that’s redeemable against purchases. The SUQQU Musculate Massage and Mask Cream is £68 for a 200g tub. You can find the cream here – link – with more info on booking in for the tutorial and facial here – link. The Selfridges area where you have the treatment is a little exposed, so if you’d prefer total privacy then Fenwicks have a treatment room.
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