You’ve finally given in and had surgery, haven’t you?” chuckles Amanda Holden‘s husband, Chris, calling his wife over to inspect my face. “Filler,” she murmurs. “And possibly a bit of Botox up around the brow line?” Wrong and wrong again, I tell them. What I’ve had doesn’t come in a vial, although I wish it did. What I’ve had comes in the shape of a Taiwanese former ballet dancer turned facialist to the stars named Su-Man.
Su-Man’s been my worst kept beauty secret for the past decade. Worst kept because although I’m tempted to keep her and everything she’s taught me to myself, there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t pass on Beauty Secrets That Can Change Your Life to others. Particularly when they’re as accessible as Su-Man is now, thanks to the eponymous and award-winning skin-care line she launched three years ago.
It used to be that to get the Su-Man effect, you had to be Frieda Pinto, Juliette Binoche or Bond girl Olga Kurylenko – either that or be willing to travel to her home clinic in the bowels of Crouch End. Which I regularly did, 90 minutes there, 90 minutes back, all for 60 minutes under the most sought after hands in the beauty industry, and what has been dubbed “the only natural alternative to Botox”. Because rather than injecting you with that youth serum, Su-Man prefers to beat you young.
Ever seen an Italian pizza chef flinging dough around on his fist, kneading it into the most delicious base, with just the right buttery soft consistency? That’s what Su-Man does with her hands, working in her Rehydrating Toning Essence, all-natural Velvet Skin Moisturising Cream and Awakening Eye Uplift cream before doing a full twenty minutes of reflexology on your hands and feet as her wonder mask does its stuff (any facialist who uses that ‘mask time’ to potter out to reception and check her Twitter/gobble down that chicken satay meal deal is forever now dead to me). But the mask. The mask! Like her cleansing oil, which I can’t live without and now buy in bulk, it smells and feels like freshly baked, expertly slung pizza dough.
Well as of this week you don’t need to book into to see the lady herself at either the W Hotel in Leicester Square or Harrods’ Urban Retreat (where she’s booked out months in advance) to have a decade stripped off you. Because Su-Man has devised a set of Facial Glow Rejuvenating Masks to use at home (or wear as you work, as I am now, looking distinctly like Hannibal Lecter but with, it should be said, minimal oozing onto my keyboard).
Now since the Facial Glow masks have been made using advanced bio-cellulose technology, mimicking the net-like structure of our skin, the serum within (made of a mix of orchid extract, seawater mineral concentrate and brown algae) is driven deep into the dermis, leaving you looking poreless as a 5 year-old, sculpted – and basically as if you’ve had a lot of work done by some Austrian doctor who knows how to make it look as if you haven’t; someone you’d never stand a hope in hell of getting an appointment with in real life. Not bad for forty quid. Although if Amanda Holden thinks I’m going to let her in on this secret, she’s massively mistaken.
Launched exclusively at the Beauty Rooms in Selfridges, London, Su-Man’s Glow Rejuvenating Mask is available from 11th July – alongside the entirety of her range.
Buy online at su-man.com
THREE TOP TIPS FOR BRIGHT EYES FROM SU-MAN
- Don’t forget to apply eye cream to your eyelids too – to prevent them from sagging in later years.
- Blinking your eyes 6 -10 times will brighten tired eyes.
- Never put sunscreen on the delicate skin around your eyes, as it will block pores. Just wear sunglasses instead!