A facial with Su-Man is a holistic affair. Her unique approach comes from years of study and experience – combining her finely-tuned knowledge of how the body should move thanks to her years as a professional dancer, with detailed skincare training in Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Pilates. Consequently, you’re required to fill out a detailed health questionnaire in the waiting room before Su-Man runs through a physical assessment of your skin and, vitally where you hold tension (“tension in the neck physically pulls the face down”).
What ensues is a heady mix of Eastern and Western techniques – her eponymous products feel like the luxurious cleanse, exfoliation and mask you’d expect from a traditional European facial but are, in fact, based heavily on TCM principles. But what sets her facials apart is her massage technique – she spends a long, sublime chunk of time not only on your face but also kneading away all of the knots in your shoulders, neck, hands and even feet. It’s painful in just the right this-is-doing-something way and relaxing to the point of drifting off to sleep.
But it’s the result that’s really astounding. We’d heard her facials were dubbed facelifts in an hour but weren’t expecting to actually see the forgotten angles of our face afterwards. While this sadly don’t last as long as an actual facelift , the process is a lot more pleasant, which explains why regular clients like Juliette Binoche and Frieda Pinto credit her for keeping their skin in check.