The new face-lift facial

If you haven’t made the most of elleuk.com’s latest offer for a Suqqu treatment in Selfridges, please do. After dropping in the other day to give it a try, I was really impressed with my 60-minute counter-side treatment.

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For £30, you get a Gankin Facial Massage, which uses unique Japanese techniques to smooth and sculpt your face, a quick crash course in how to do the massage yourself, Suqqu skincare products applied and your make-up done. Which is incredibly good value when you consider the cost of the treatment and the Suqqu product –and the free lip gloss thrown in.

The focus of the treatment is the Gankin massage, which promises to promote lymphatic drainage, ‘train’ your muscles and skin and ultimately firm and freshen everything up, via a series of powerful strokes.

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My therapist plied my skin with Suqqu’s thick, green massage cream – all very geisha - then set to work using strong movements along my forehead, around my eyes and mouth, across my cheeks and under my cheekbones (be warned, this one hurts a bit) and along my jaw line. At half time, I had a look and the side of my face she’d been working on definitely looked more lifted than the other. By the time she’d finished, my whole face looked fresher.

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With the excess cream wiped off, I had serum and moisturiser applied, followed by make-up, which I thought looked great, despite my boyfriend’s comments that I was ‘wearing too much foundation’. (NB He’s the kind of boyfriend who would prefer I grew scales than put anything resembling make-up on my skin.)

Not everyone likes having their make-up done after a facial as they like to keep their freshly-treated skin, well, fresh, but I thought it rounded off the treatment brilliantly and put me perfectly in the mood for my night out.

To give Gankin a go, click here.

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