Meet Sandra Lanshin Chiu, L.Ac., founder of Treatment by Lanshin. Sandra is an incredible source of knowledge when it comes to skincare! She has taught us about the wisdom of gua sha techniques and reinforced our belief in the power of Chinese medicine. She is a true pioneer in the natural beauty world and we cannot wait to introduce you to her!
"If you understand skin function and physiology - there is no other choice but natural beauty. "
Hi Sandra! Can you tell us a little bit about your professional background?
I'm an acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and founder of Treatment by Lanshin
For those out there who are not familiar with Treatment by Lanshin, can you describe for us what you do?
I started my practice in 2006, but Treatment by Lanshin began in 2012. We specialize in using the wisdom of Chinese medicine to treat skin from inside and out. We see help people resolve internally rooted skin issues like acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc using Chinese herbs and acupuncture, and we also restore and rejuvenate skin using bodywork tools like acupuncture, facial gua sha, cupping, poultice and other .
What do you love about natural beauty?
If you understand skin function and physiology - there is no other choice but natural beauty. Why would you allow repetitive exposure to chemicals into your system through your skin if you care about yourself and your health? So it's beyond love, it's what I believe in.
What is your favorite beauty tip?
Hydrate hydrate hydrate your skin with water water water. I like to use multiple layers of hydration mists or toners on skin as a first layer, then follow up with serum and/or oils while the skin is still damp. This simple step can transform the health and look of skin so dramatically. We simply don't get the moisture and nutrients our skin needs in most environments, with bodies under stress from a single cream.
We love this tip! It is so often overlooked, but incorporating a hydrating mist makes such a huge difference! Another beauty tip that you advocate is gua sha. You introduced us to this technique and we instantly fell in love! For those who are not familiar with gua sha, can you describe what it is and what the benefits are?
Facial Gua Sha is a Chinese medical technique that uses a smooth edged board or tool (often jade, rose quartz, agate) to release fascia and tension, improve circulation and thus health of the skin, as well as contour and sculpt facial features. It can be done professionally to restore and rejuvenate youthful vitality in face and skin. It can also be done at home as a relaxing and calming self-care practice that cultivates skin and tissue health. We teach 2-hour hands on classes at our studio in Brooklyn monthly, and recently just released a video tutorial that shows how to perform Facial Gua Sha at home. You can find this as well as class registration on our website at lanshin.com.
Can you share with us what your personal skincare ritual means to you?
It's a reflection of how well I'm taking care of myself and how much of a priority I'm placing on my body's need for nourishment, calm and care.
Why did you choose to integrate Apoterra Skincare products in your services?
For us it's important than any products we bring into our collection be obviously natural, and have a clear strategy to how its formulated - we like when you can look at the ingredients in a product and understand immediately what the formulator was after. In other words, we love a smart formulation that reflects the formulator's knowledge of skin health and function. We also value an insistence on and effort made to source the best quality ingredients. And of course, the products have to work and visibly support the skin. Apoterra hits on all of those marks with the added bonus of being affordable - which is amazing because we want everyone to have access to these wonderfully supportive things for their skin.
We'd love to know, what is your favorite Apoterra product and why?
I really love the Apoterra Toning Mists because they delivery this wonderfully "rich" water based hydration, especially with the addition of B3 and hyaluronic acid - such a nice addition to the teas and plant waters (hydrosols and teas). Also really enjoy the facial balm for its lightness of texture and the way it absorbs quickly to the skin.
What is the best way for people to connect with you?
Online at our website - lanshin.com. Appointments can be scheduled online and products can be purchased (limited for our soft launch).