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Lisa Loves - Wednesday - 22/09/10 - 12:01pm

Lisa Loves - My Backstage Secret Beauty Weapons

OK, this was a bit of a cheat because they're people, SUQQU Gankin massage therapists Tziana and Sze Wan.

For as long as I’ve been a fan of the brand I have known about their award winning Gankin massage but never had time to try it for myself. So 3 days before the start of London Fashion Week I decided to make time and finally book an appointment.

The treatment lasts around 30 minutes of which the Gankin massage is only about 5. I booked in with Julia at Selfridges not knowing what to expect. Don’t confuse the Gankin facial massage technique with one of those airy-fairy facials, it’s quite hard and can be painful (in a good way)…. like a deep tissue body massage. Gankin explores the relationship between stiff facial muscles and sagging skin and like all forms of deep massage it reduces facial swelling and fluid retention, improves circulation and lymph drainage, removes stiffness, lifts and shapes contours and breaks down unwanted fat deposits. The bit I found painful was underneath my cheeks (probably because I’m a habitual teeth grinder by night) but it felt like there was a really satisfying release of tension by the end. After the massage Julia applied a fabulous thing called ‘Upsurge Essence’ an instant tightening serum massaged with very firm and repeated lifting movements from cheek to temple after which I looked several years younger and a lot more relaxed. Unfortunately the effects of this product and application method only last for a couple of hours but its perfect for a night out.

I instantly knew I needed two of these super fast miracle workers backstage and begged Christa, Suqqu’s PR, to pull strings so that I could kidnap them for the weekend… their busiest time in store! What a difference it made, not only were the models completely in heaven but their skin was absolutely glowing.

When I had my appointment I only had 15 minutes to spare (yes I am that busy at the moment sadly) so I missed out on the 15 minute ‘how to perform a daily Gankin on yourself’ lesson. Including this, the treatment lasts around 30 minutes and costs £30; they will also do your make-up afterwards using all the fab Suqqu products and brushes. It’s available at Birmingham and London branches of Selfridges - Freephone 0800 123400.

It’s a great thing to have before a special occasion especially if you are suffering from a case of puffy ‘pre-menstrual face’ (you know the one) and the DIY massage you learn will last you forever.  I firmly (no pun intended) believe, as someone who grew up watching her mother perform nightly DIY facial massage - usually whilst watching TV - and who now at 70 looks 50, that a daily massage helps to keep your face looking young and fresh. Fingertips at the ready! 

To download a free step by step guide to doing a Gankin massage on yourself go to:

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Latest Comments 18 | Add Your Comments

Teti - Wednesday May 9th 2012 1:34pm
Hallo Lisa,My name is Teti and I'm interessted about suqqu brushes.Where excactly can I find them ,because I think there's no suqqu stores in Athens.

alexandra - Thursday Feb 17th 2011 3:26pm
Hi Lisa ! I "discovered" you a few weeks back through "My wrinkle" and I have become a big fun of yours ! love your work and your videos , I learned a lot ... I adore the suqqu massage... i try to do it every morning ! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE NICE THINGS YOU SHARE WITH US ! Love from Athens

maría - Friday Jan 21st 2011 3:59pm
Hi! I can´t find Suqqu products in my country, Spain, so what can I use instead of the Muscular Massage Cream? It sounds really great, and I want to try it right now! I love all your videos and I´m learnig a lot lately wiht your help. Thank you so much!!!!!

Pauline from Paris - Saturday Nov 20th 2010 7:26pm
Thank you sooo much, Lisa, for sharing this face massage lesson. I'm ill today, but I'm pretty good looking, thanks to the lesson I've practised. It makes me feel more selfconfident to know that now, I'm able to give to my face a fresh and healthy look so easily... It will be very usefull in everyday life! I apologise for my mistakes, I'm French and don't practice my writing english very often... Wishing you all the best, xxx

bryn_b - Tuesday Oct 5th 2010 4:32pm
Thanks so much for sharing this! Love the PDF & I am definitely adding this to my skin care routine.

Alice In Wonderland - Wednesday Sep 29th 2010 5:27am
I massage my face almost everyday with Bio oil to reduce appearance of old acne scars and I think it makes my skin look fresher :)

Lisa - Saturday Sep 25th 2010 1:22am
Tried this a few times over the last few days. My face looks great, firm and glowing. Thanks for sharing.....worth the effort for sure! Your the best Lisa!!!!

Irico - Thursday Sep 23rd 2010 11:02am
Hi Lisa! I am from Japan living in the U.K. and a big fan of you! I know this massage as it is popular in my country. The creator looks so young which is convincing to learn and do it by myself! I actually did it this morning and feeling good blood circulation on my face, get a full of life to your skin... I want to learn it more properly and work as a practitioner in the U.K. if possible...!

Karl - Thursday Sep 23rd 2010 12:41am
Can guys use this? Also, what shade of LM secret camouflage do you use?

sheeru - Wednesday Sep 22nd 2010 11:05pm
Hey Lisa!How come they are not opening their stores in Canada? You are so lucky that you have all the great makeup brushes and makeup available in UK.We can not even buy No.7 makeup brushes here in Canada.Could you please ask them to make these brushes available in Canada as I desperately wanna get them.xx

Lisa Eldridge - Wednesday Sep 22nd 2010 9:09pm
@Kelley All skin types can benefit from this type of massage as it improves circulation and tone...good for all conditions. You can adapt the pressure to suit your skins sensitivity. Have a look on the web address below and download the pdf of how to do it x

Lisa Eldridge - Wednesday Sep 22nd 2010 7:55pm
@Tish hey you're right, there is a PDF you can download on this page: Well spotted! x

Tish - Wednesday Sep 22nd 2010 7:17pm
FYI, if you go to the Suqqu website, look under Brand Concept, and then Gankin Massage, & at the bottom of the GM page, there is a .pdf printout available with step by step instructions and pictures on how to do the Gankin Massage yourself. Think we could all use a little pampering and free just sweetens the pot!

Kelley - Wednesday Sep 22nd 2010 7:12pm
Dying to try this! In your opinion, what skin type would benefit from this treatment? How often does Suuqu recommend doing this massage?

Lisa Eldridge - Wednesday Sep 22nd 2010 6:16pm
@Carola it is, I'm going back for the home Gankin massage lesson in a few weeks x @Badger1 the only link with more info is You'll find the full Gankin story there x @Eleonore I keep telling them to expand!!! x

Eleonore - Wednesday Sep 22nd 2010 5:59pm
I wish such a treatment were available in France, we don't have Suqqu products here: could you persuade them we need them desperately in France!-)))

Badger1 - Wednesday Sep 22nd 2010 3:04pm
Is there a link i might use to find them..?

Carola - Wednesday Sep 22nd 2010 12:37pm
Looks heavenly !

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