“It’s less a facial and more a profound holistic experience”

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner John Tsagaris combines acupuncture, massage and hyaluronic acid injectibles in his facials at Harrods Wellness Clinic

The Beauty Acupuncture with Hyaluronic Acid Skin Remodelling Facial costs £1,700, or £4,335 for three sessions
The Beauty Acupuncture with Hyaluronic Acid Skin Remodelling Facial costs £1,700, or £4,335 for three sessions

It’s little wonder that beauty editors describe traditional Chinese medicine and human bioscience practitioner John Tsagaris as an addiction. Generally based at his Godfrey Street clinic in Chelsea, he has recently opened rooms at the Harrods Wellness Clinic for three bespoke treatments. I tried the Beauty Acupuncture with Hyaluronic Acid Skin Remodelling Facial (£1,700, or £4,335 for three sessions).

Chinese medicine and human bioscience practitioner John Tsagaris
Chinese medicine and human bioscience practitioner John Tsagaris

It’s less a facial and more a profound holistic experience that seamlessly treats mind, body and beauty concerns. Tsagaris is highly intuitive, gently spoken and radiates a calm aura that permeates the room. I was tucked into a warm, fleecy bed with my legs slightly raised, and within a matter of moments, fine acupuncture needles were being placed along my arms. One or two were uncomfortable, while others I barely felt. Before long, I was smiling unconsciously as endorphins, released by the needle placements, took effect.

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Tsagaris uses Profhilo, a stabilised hyaluronic acid injectable (not to be confused with dermal filler), across several key points of the face to plump out the skin and soften lines. Its effects are immediate and, other than the sensation of a needle prick, painless. Tsagaris then positioned acupuncture needles in my face, with the aim of increasing oxygenation and inducing a micro-wound healing response, which should lead to fibroblast stimulation, better elasticity and collagen production.

A selection of products from John Tsagaris’ signature beauty collection SkinPointEight
A selection of products from John Tsagaris’ signature beauty collection SkinPointEight

As I lay under an LED mask, positioned over my face for 20 minutes to help boost the collagen and elastin production, John performed acupressure and massage on my feet and lower legs. My spleen, apparently, needed attention, as did my adrenal glands, and the massage involved a mixture of brisk rubbing and toe pulling that was intense but still lovely.

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The final flourishes are a sheet mask from his signature collection, SkinPointEight; a brisk micro-needling across the lips (less aggressive than it sounds) and Swarovski crystals placed on each outer ear for “healing energy”.

I went to bed at 9pm that night and slept for almost nine hours. On waking, my skin was calm and plump and my nasolabial lines were dramatically reduced; this, combined with a glowingly healthy-looking complexion, left me rather happy.  

Jane Cunningham is a beauty journalist and blogger. An early adopter of beauty blogging, she has been posting on her website britishbeautyblogger.com for 10 years, providing (sometimes brutally) honest product reviews and beauty news. Cunningham collaborated with Marks & Spencer to produce a limited edition make-up range and is currently working with Makeup Revolution on an eyeshadow palette. She is also a creative consultant to beauty brands. @britbeautyblog.

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