Beauty fix: Rose Facial at Neal's Yard Remedies
You may have spotted the recently opened Neal's Yard Remedies boutique on Hollywood Road, but it will probably come as a pleasant surprise that it also has a spa hidden away on the second floor. The British brand offers a menu of facials and massages priced between HK$380 and HK$980.
It's a welcome addition to the spa scene, which helps to fill a gap in the market for mid-priced treatments. And it's also one of the few to offer an expert facial massage using reputable, eco-conscious products - many of which are organic and sometimes vegan.
When I visit to sample their hour-long rehydrating rose facial, I'm led upstairs to their spa section, which is a single treatment room. The space feels more like a dermatologist's clinic than a deluxe retreat, but it is comfortably fresh-looking and clean. The single bed rules out treatments for couples but on the upside, it also means no bumping into hen night or someone you know from the office.
First, a chamomile cleanser is applied to remove make-up, followed by a rose toner to make sure there aren't any lingering traces of dirt on my face. Once the therapist has a clean canvas, she dabs on a facial polish and starts to exfoliate the skin. It's from the rose line but also contains traces of sunflower and geranium.
An antioxidant facial mask with elements of maple, marigold and macadamia nut comes next. The therapists' massage is so skilful, I'm tempted to snooze even though it's 4pm.
After a few minutes, she exits the room while the mask's moisturising effects sink in. When she returns, on goes a hydrating eye cream, a serum and yet another rose-scented moisturiser, leaving my face plumped full of moisture.
I did miss the hot-tub soaking and sauna lounging that usually comes after a luxury hotel spa treatment, but if you don't mind skipping that part and are focused on improving your complexion, Neal's Yard Remedies comes highly recommended.
The 60-minute rose facial costs HK$680 at 65 Hollywood Road, Central, nealsyardremedies.com.hk