It’s always interesting to review skincare products that are developed by an experienced facialist, especially the one who combines Eastern and Western practises, like Su-Man Hsu. I have heard a beauty editor talk in hushed tones about Su-Man’s facial technique and results achieved and recently saw her work magic on women getting onto her treatment bed, one after another, at Su-Man’s stand at the Anti-Ageing Show in Olympia yesterday. With her petit dancer’s frame, beautiful unlined face with not a blemish or imperfection in sight and wearing a mask, like a dentist, she vigorously massaged women’s faces with her wonderfully nimble fingers and the skin came alive before your eyes. Watching Su-Man in action, from the sideline, you also can’t help but notice Su-Man’s work practise: she hardly stops for breath, attending to every client, focussing on them as if there was no-one else around in that moment in time.
It took Su-Man eighteen months to finalize her formulations and make sure the products were ready to be launched ( that’s after years of practising her massage technique and mixing her own lotions and potions in her own kitchen, to use during the treatments that she gave to her clients ). The actual skincare product formulations were created by Taiwanese and French specialists, so like with her facial treatment, Su-Man combined the best knowledge and launched six products last year. Originally I thought to write one article, telling you about Su-Man and reviewing her product line but the more I used the products, the longer the article became in my head, so in order to make it worth your while, I thought I would tell you in a little bit of detail about core product line ingredients in part one and then review Su-Man’s products in part two.
– Dragon’s blood ( don’t evoke a Chinese warrior slaying dragons in order to make sure you remain young and beautiful. It is used in five of Su-Man’s products, excluding Rehydrating Toning Essence ) is a red resin sap that is extracted from the Sangre de Drago tree that grown in the Amazon rainforest. It helps to protect, heal the skin, as well as increase skin’s protective barrier, elasticity and firmness.
– Coffee extract ( used in Exfoliating Facial Polish ): in addition to its anti-inflammatory and firming properties, coffee helps to ‘wake-up the skin and helps reduce puffiness ( it has diuretic properties when it comes to our body ), dark circles and redness.
– Rosehip-seed oil ( it is found in Cleansing Gel-Oil, Facial Polish, Eye Uplift and Velvet Skin Brightening Serum ) has regenerative and anti-ageing properties and is rich in essential fatty acids, which help to repair environmental damage and smoothes wrinkles.
– Wintergreen ( part of Purifying Cleansing Gel ) is a shrub which grows in coastal regions and woodlands of eastern North America. It has been long used by Native Americans for pain-relief, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to treat a variety of skin conditions. It also helps to soften the skin and shrink the pore size.
– Camu camu ( used in Exfoliating Facial Polish ) comes from a South American tree and the fruit itself is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, as well as increasing skin’s firmness.
– Chinese rice silk ( not surprisingly it is part of the formula of the Velvet Skin Moisturising Cream ) is obtained from the hull surrounding the rice grain native to China and is widely used by Asian women as it helps to regulate sebum production and mattifies the skin.
– Green tea extract ( found in Rehydrating Toning Essence ) is widely known for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties for our skin, as well as our body but it also helps protect our skin against environmental damage, neutralises skin pH balance and encourages cell renewal, which slows down as we age.
– Eyeliss is a protein peptide blend that helps to reduce redness, puffiness and capillary fragility, while increasing firmness and elasticity, particularly around the delicate eye area.
– Haloxyl is a multi-peptide complex which reduces the appearance of dark circles, as well as puffiness and helps to restore skin’s firmness.
– Hyaluronic Acid ( found in both Rehydrating Toning Essence and Velvet Skin Brightening Serum ) can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water and is responsible for keeping our skin smooth, firm and well -moisturised.
– Padinami is a purified extract of a brown seaweed, which is cultivated in the sea off Malta and harvested sustainably by local divers. It has potent moisturising and anti-ageing properties that help to reduce wrinkles and promote firmness and suppleness ( in Velvet Skin Moisturising Cream ).
– Riboxyl ( used in the cream above ), also known as ‘the beauty sugar’, is a key molecule occurring in all living cells and is obtained by corn-seed biotechnology. It has energizing and anti-ageing properties, improves cellular respiration and increases skin elasticity and reduces wrinkles.
– Rose petals evoke a delicate, beautiful image and have been used for centuries in skin and body care, just think of Cleopatra taking baths in milk infused with honey and rose petals. In this instance petal essence from the fragrant woody perennial Rosa is used because of its healing and moisturising properties. It soothes, softens, hydrates the skin while making you feel very feminine when using Su-Man’s Rehydrating Toning Essence.
– Spirulina ( used in Awakening Eye Lift ) is one of earth’s longest living organisms. This freshwater algae is rich in proteins and nutrients that help your body cope with stress ( I take a teaspoon daily, mixed with a glass of water and a squeeze of lemon, as taught by the founder of Organic Burst ). It has antioxidant properties, strengthens your immunity and is high in Vitamin B complex, beta-carotene and gamma linoleic acid, all of which also help to reduce pigmentation and improve the overall appearance of our complexion.
– White Lily ( used in Su-Man’s Exfoliating Facial Polish ) is native to the Balkans and West Asia. It has natural exfoliating properties and helps to effectively, but gently improve skin’s pigmentation.
– Sunflower Oil ( look for it in the Purifying Cleansing Gel Oil & Exfoliating Facial Polish ) is a natural emollient with very high vitamin E content, which is crucial in the prevention of UV damage to the skin. It has healing and moisturising properties and is particularly effective at soothing irritation, reducing redness and helping protect the skin from environmental aggressors.
– Apricot Kernel Oil ( used in Purifying Cleansing Gel Oil ) is a nutrient-rich oil, which contains vitamins E, A and essential fatty acids. It helps to moisturise our skin and is used for its anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Su-Man is clearly a very creative person and is lucky to count her husband as part of her professional team, thus letting her focus on doing what she knowns best with her head and her fingers, while he helps with the business side of things. Both of them look healthy and beautiful, with bright sparkly eyes, perfect dancer’s bodies that have been honed by years of tireless practise and contained but boundless enthusiasm for what they do as Su-Man skincare brand. Looking at them you don’t think twice about asking them about what they do to look so good and have such great skin – but more about that in part two that is soon to come.
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