Pin It
Screen Shot 2018-12-18 at 12.05.43

We got our face scraped by stones and it felt good


TextNellie Eden

Gua Sha is the ancient healing technique all skincare enthusiasts should know about

At Dazed Beauty we’re fans of lasers, red lights and cryotherapy. We crowd around each other’s desks to inspect curious products that have been sent in for us to try– like the time we received water-free sheet masks–but for your arse– but that’s another article. Like lots of people, we associate a stinging feeling as a sure indication that a product is “working”. We’re here for the viral products and the hype. Sometimes, however, it takes the pressure of a firm pair of experienced hands to remind us that nothing surpasses “simple” when it comes to skin– or in fact– the expert knowledge of a therapist who’s been working in the beauty industry for decades. Enter Su-Man.

There are facials, then there are chi-flow-unlocking, Gua Sha (more on this later) facials from the master Su-Man. For a time she was Juliette Binoche’s personal facialist and Sienna Miller and Freida Pinto are also clients. The ballerina turned facialist is known on the internet as the “natural alternative to botox”. As well as her career as a dancer serving as an influence, Su-Man’s upbringing in rural Taiwan has shaped her approach towards the body and its healing potential.

When I visit Su-Man at the Agua Spa at Sanderson it’s for her signature Chi Flow Contour Facial. I admit I am mostly excited to experience her Gua Sha techniques. Gua Sha is the real deal. It is, in layman’s terms, the practice of scraping your face with a “stone”. The technique is based on a traditional Chinese medicine healing art form that Su-Man has experimented with and made her own. She believes that long, slow strokes, pressure, friction and deep massage stimulate microcirculation of the skin and promote blood flow– hence the famous Su-Man post glow effect.

At first, Su-man deep cleanses, extracts impurities, exfoliates, tones and moisturises my face. An entirely conventional prep for any facial. Things take a more interesting turn when she begins to use the scraping instruments on my face. Su-Man tells me she is looking for tightness so she can “open up the meridian channels and lymphatic system”. The treatment can be intense. The instruments look like flat shoe horns or naturally occurring flints made of earthy-looking materials: wood, rose quartz and ceramic plates. I enjoy the sensation of my face being pulled and pushed in lots of different directions and it feels like a workout. Once Su-Man is done with the Gua Sha she applies a heavy firming mask that’s fridge cold and not for the claustrophobic. Your eyes and mouth are covered. Once I find the focus to relax, I tune into the massage Su-Man is now giving my shoulders and upper back. If I had any doubts about Su-Man’s nuanced perceptiveness about the human body, they’re dismissed when she asks if I’ve ever been diagnosed with scoliosis. I haven’t, but my twin brother has, and it’s an extremely common occurrence with twins. The massage is probably the unexpected highlight of the experience and Su-Man deftly needs by stiff body till it’s limp and supple. Finally, she adds some of her own products including her cult Velvet Skin Brightening Serum (I would highly recommend this to anyone with dry skin).

I meet a friend in the pub for a drink afterwards, which sure, kind of counteracts all the detoxing Su-Man has done but my friend assures me “I’m glowing”. As someone’s who’s shopped around when it comes to facials, I can recommend Su-Man for anyone who wants to strip everything back and go for a treatment that feels as healthy as it does relaxing. My skin felt pore-free and tighter for about a week or so after the treatment and I found myself buying everyone I know a Gua Sha tool to boot.

RRP £220 | 60-Minutes | www.su-man.com

Read Next
billy hargrove stranger things dacre montgomery moustache
A pop culture timeline of the bumfluff ‘tache Beauty Feature
Rihanna 2
Which classic Rihanna hairstyle are you? Beauty Quiz
ColourPop Sailor moon
Sailor Moon make-up is here and we are obsessed Beauty news
cv dazzle anti facial recognition beauty make up
How beauty is being used to fight back against facial recognition and CCTV Beauty Feature
1975 Birthday Party
Matty Healy on how incel culture inspired The 1975’s latest video Beauty Feature
Chelsea Leyland in Separating The Strains
5 people explain why they self-medicate with CBD Beauty Feature
Weibo earphone challenge
People are tying earphones around their waists to show that they are thin Beauty news
The Bum being made
You can try Kim K’s bum on for size – thanks to this creative trio Beauty Feature
screen_shot_2020-02-18_at_16.06.18
I trimmed my balls – just for you Tried and Tested
ladyist ashley armitage instagram artist photographer
How beauty routines provide the escape chronic illness sufferers need Beauty Feature
abbiechuelaa_67502703_2633184840038513_79050548872
Abbie Riveria is the hand model of your dreams and (sometimes) nightmares Designer
Anthon Raimund brunette
Is Facetune an empowering friend or a toxic foe? Head to Head
Monte (Robert Pattinson) in High Life
Robert Pattinson says he smells like crayons Beauty news
BIG LOVE ENERGY
Big love energy: 8 of the best wellness Valentine’s Day gifts products
Cupid Insect
Forget make-up! Adorn your face with Cupid’s insect-inspired jewellery Beauty news
Nathalie Nguyen catfish look
3D artist Nathalie Nguyen’s alien digital beauty looks defy reality Beauty Feature