Into the light

Enjoy the sun and not its harmful effects with radiance-restoring facials, writes Catharine Nicol

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:00am



At the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong's calming Zen-style Plateau Spa, you'll feel a million miles from the pressures of the city. Its Renovateur Radiance (HK$1,360; 90 minutes), a signature facial by Carita, features the French brand's Crystalline range. The foam prepares the skin's surface for the following corrective serum, which calms pigmentation flaws and, through the natural boost delivered by papaya extract, aids cell renewal. The hydrating emulsion, which features 'ultraviolet' mother-of-pearl particles, provides luminosity. The Pro-Lifting machine helps banish dull skin by deeply cleansing, balancing and brightening. Guests can prolong the effect by taking home the serum, SPF 30 day cream, night cream and mask. 2584 7688,



Guests are advised to arrive early for the Biologique Recherche 'Your Facial' (HK$1,400-HK3,100; 60-120 minutes) at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, as quality time in its extensive hydro area will only enhance the treatment's results. The beauty of this facial is that it is designed to treat your complexion according to your skin's state that very moment. Depending on how long you book for - and sessions are available for 60, 90 or 120 minutes - the therapist will cleanse, exfoliate and repair, with longer bookings adding micro-current toning to firm. Biologique Recherche Creme PIGM 400 is the magic cream that provides that glowing result you're looking for, helping fade and prevent hyperpigmentation, and whiten and brighten with ingredients such as young cress shoots, extract of plum pulp and wasabi, and Vitamin E, and adding a dose of anti-ageing antioxidants for good measure. 3196 8888,



The four-storey The Strand has hairdressing, men's and women's spa treatments, and special beauty events all under one roof. The third-floor The Strand for Skin offers Algotherm's Amethyst Oxygenating Ritual (HK$1,295; 75 minutes), a brightening and soothing spa experience. After cleansing, guided breathing initiates a welcome detoxification, followed by a lymphatic drainage facial massage using amethyst stones, which hold natural tranquilising properties. Enhancing the effect is the Oxygenating Complex of undaria and sargassum seaweeds to stimulate cellular energy, and daisy extract, which evens pigmentation and inhibits melanin production, thereby brightening the complexion. The therapy ends with pressure-point work following the Diem Cham method to balance. 2850 7686,



Bliss Spa at the W Hotel Hong Kong, part of the worldwide chain of innovative spas, combines brightening and anti-ageing in one unique facial by Rodial. Its Freeze Facial (HK$1,580; 75 minutes) starts by cleansing the skin and unclogging pores, then a fruit peel mask removes layers of dead skin cells, providing the first instant brightening step. Next comes the bizarre-sounding Glamoxy Snake Serum - hailed as 'Botox in a bottle' and inspired by the effects of viper venom - which contains a neuropeptide that lifts and freezes muscles. Finally, Glamtox SPF 18, a best-seller from the Rodial range, is applied to hydrate, smooth and protect via hyaluronic spheres and myrrh extract. 3717 2222,