Behind the mask

Get ready to face winter with a luxurious and restorative facial, writes Marjorie Pearl

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 11:29pm

Radiance Jade Facial
The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA stands at the height of luxury, claiming to be the highest hotel spa in the world. The 860 sq m, 116th-floor oasis specialises in East-meets-West treatments and offers a private suite (additional HK$1,200 per hour), with steam shower and baths that can be shared with friends. The spa's signature facial (90 minutes, HK$1,900) incorporates jade stone rollers with ESPA's radiance-boosting creams to refresh and revive tired skin, especially targeting the delicate eye area. Other special offers for the season include an oxygen infusion treatment to promote firmness and elasticity, and derma pod treatments using microdermabrasion to combat acne and pigmentation problems. 2263 2040,


L'Elixir des Glaciers
The Spa by Valmont's latest package is a tribute to Swiss skincare, using the entire range of Valmont's l'Elixir collection in a one-of-its-kind VIP treatment room. The exclusive experience (HK$6,800), which lasts two hours and 45 minutes, is designed to help cells repair and renew, leading to more radiant and youthful-looking skin. After a mineral bath, body scrub and massage, the facial begins with a thorough cleansing and exfoliation. L'Elixir des Glaciers products are used in the facial massage, which is followed by a potent collagen mask. The final step includes application of a moisturising eye and face cream. 2972 7868,


The City Peel
New York's facialist to the stars has returned to her hometown with the launch of the Ling skincare brand at the Spa at Four Seasons. Ling Chan's Asian-inspired products feature hi-tech formulations without the use of known irritants. One of three new treatments, the City Peel (HK$1,800 weekdays, HK$1,950 weekends) uses a glycolic, multiacid fruit peel and non-invasive ultrasonic waves to exfoliate and detoxify the skin. The 90-minute facial is recommended for uneven, oil and damaged skin. It finishes with an acid-free "rescue peel" to deliver a clear and smooth complexion. 3196 8888,


Custom-Blended Reishi Renewal Therapy
Adding to its "Only For You" skincare services, MTM has introduced a custom-blended facial (120 minutes, HK$1,980) and neck therapy treatment (60 minutes, HK$1,040) using precious reishi oil in addition to personalised essences. The nourishing facial begins with a skin consultation and continues with MTM's collagen-boosting massage and sesame herbal thermotherapy before finishing with reishi and caviar collagen masks. Red reishi and panax ginseng root extracts are used for their anti-ageing benefits while vitamins and amino acids help support the immune system. The spa also offers custom-blended masks, moisturisers and eye creams to use at home between treatments. 2537 2383,