I have been waiting FOREVER – Forever – to try the signature Suqqu Gankin massage. GANKIN! What is the Gankin massage?
Basically it is a 3 minute massage used to help stiff facial muscles and life sagging skin. It is a very strong massage that is supposed to help drain fluid and improve circulation too. You can get it done on a Suqqu counter or you can do it yourself at home – facial massage definitely improves the complexion and circulation (if you have time to do it).
The absolute best way to show what this massage is like is to see it! So here is a video of the massage:
The model’s face is covered in Suqqu product, called the Musculate Massage and Mask Cream which is applied quite thickly all over the face before the massage (you get a big tub of it so it’s ok to use an acorn sized amount of product!).
I have the product and it’s quite thick but provides a lot of ‘glide’ for the massage without sinking in (my skin is dry so many lotions and creams have a problem of sinking right in). It can also be used as a mask – I found it quite a gentle and comforting mask so just left it on after the massage for 10 minutes.
The Gankin massage increases blood flow, tightens the pores and improves sagging. I’ll show you before an after pictures shortly!
Now the massage itself is done on counter in a private booth like area – it is concealed nicely because you’re about to have your face covered in white cream and massaged in ways you never knew possible. They really an effort on Suqqu to give you an ‘experience’ if that makes sense, it’s all very luxurious.
The lovely Natalie (AKA. ANNA KENDRICK) was at the helm, don’t be fooled by her gentle look, oh no – she means business.
The massage itself is…different. Totally totally different to anything I’ve tried before! There is a lot of focus on massaging pressure points and areas the drain the lymph nodes (two points above the breasts but bellow the shoulders was pressed at the start) – it feels strange but good too. A lot of pressure is applied around the jawline and under the cheek bone especially – you are told to lean back and rest your head on Natalie as it means you can really relax in to it.
I did find it painful around the cheekbones – similar to when you get a deep tissue massage elsewhere on your body and it makes your toes curl, but then right after it feels extraordinary because that pressure has been released. That is how it feels – like all that jaw clenching you’ve done over the years is being eased away.
The massage is only 3 minutes but it feels longer, more like a 15 minute job.
It’s hard to describe but it’s so worth trying at least once.
Before – sorry not that clear but here’s my sleepy face:
After – my face felt invigorated and ‘lifted’:
I will talk about the massage cream recommended for this massage another time but it is £68 (I have some alternatives too). To be completely honest I would love to do this massage on myself every single night but I just don’t have time – I have managed it about twice in a week (but not before bedtime! I tend to just pass out!) and it absolutely 100% improves how my skin feels and looks.
The Gankin massage costs £40, or is included with a purchase of £40 or over.
Readers can book a Gankin massage with the code cosmeticcandy50 which entitles you to 50% off the price (just £20) and this is fully redeemable on products! (Suqqu lipsticks are the best in case you need a tip!).
The PDF of how to do the Gankin Massage is here.
To book in for a Gankin massage for £20 at Manchester Selfridges, call 0161-838-0605.