Trial therapy: Clarins facial
What is it?
The Clarins Beautiful Decollete Treatment and Shaping Lift Facial from the Tianmu Mountains. The products contain ginko bilboa from the mountains of Zhejiang province. The ingredient is said to revitalise dull skin by stimulating circulation.
What was it like?
The treatment started with a bust treatment designed to lift and hydrate and get the circulation going. While it can do the last two things, a single treatment really can't help much on the first one, but it was done with no fuss or self-consciousness by the therapist and the experience was pleasant and relaxing. The facial too gave a very deep cleanse (it starts with a gentle peel), and used lifting massage techniques and a cold mask to stimulate circulation and contour areas such as the chin and cheekbones. It was finished it off with a light application on the decollete and shoulders of Clarins Eau Dynamisante eau de toilette.
What about the spa?
It's not as contemporary as its competitors, but it is spacious, with large massage beds, knowledgable therapists and a range of Clarins products on sale. The room was quiet and dark and the atmosphere upmarket but not pretentious. Some people swear by Clarins' soothing and moisturising properties, despite a constant flow of new brands claiming to do the same.
My skin came out clean and soft and my tension had melted, but nothing was lifted or contoured for much longer than it took to get home. Your enjoyment of such things really depends on what you believe a hands-on facial can do. In this case, the fragrances, massage and cleansing process made it worthwhile, but don't expect a turkey gobbler to disappear or your post-baby bust to bounce back.
How much was it and where do I go?
The Clarins Institut, 14/F East Point Centre, Sogo Club, Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay, tel: 2831 8676. The bust treatment was HK$500 for 45 minutes and the facial HK$1,030 for 75 minutes.