It's easy to neglect your back. It is difficult to reach certain areas without someone else's help, and, let's face it, what's out of sight is generally out of mind. Back facials are normally for people with back acne, blackheads, scarring and the like. I'm lucky not to suffer such problems, but a summer of sea, sand and occasional sun can take its toll on the skin. The Leonard Drake Skin Care Health Spa opened its doors in Hong Kong five months ago, and utilises Los Angeles-based skincare line Dermalogica - famous for being plant-based and delicious-smelling. I decided to go for the Detox Back Blitz Back Facial Treatment, which proposes to reduce stress and knotted back muscles with exfoliation, massage and a hydrating back wrap. I trekked out to the salon at the new Fisherman's Wharf development in Hunghom, and after filling out a 'history' form I was escorted into a treatment room by therapist Vienna Chan. With a deft but gentle touch, Chan cleansed my back with Conditioning Body Wash, which contains essential oils such as quillaja saponaria (more commonly known as soapbark tree), sandalwood, lavender, lemon and eucalyptus. Then she exfoliated my back with Hydro Active Mineral Salts, a skin-smoothing scrub containing Dead Sea salts, kelp extracts and exfoliating enzymes combined with more sandalwood, lavender and lemon. Cleansing and scrubbing made way for a quick but intense massage with Stress Relief Oil, an aromatherapeutic blend of lavender, sandalwood and orange oil. Organic silicones make this oil very slippery but it is nevertheless absorbed well by thirsty skin, and Chan had to reapply the oil several times because it was soaked up so quickly. My back had never been given so much attention - and moisture. The treatment's high point was the 15-minute hydro wrap: a mixture of Toxin Relief Treatment Oil and Skin Hydrating Mask gel was smoothed on to my back - heaven in the form of herb-smelling goodness, which included rosemary, sage, pine, juniper, lemon grass and bitter orange. I was covered with a sheet of plastic and a towel. Two infrared lamps shining on to my back further intensified the heat, promoting deep absorption of the oils. I was left alone for the wrap to work its magic. Once the treatment was over, I couldn't help running my fingers over the part of my back I could reach and up the back of my neck - it had never felt smoother. Regular massages with essential oils would no doubt keep it in the same condition for months to come, but it was a good one-off treatment for an end-of-summer clean-up. Tip: Leonard Drake does 'real' back facials too, complete with acne extractions and ultrasound therapy for acne scars. Value for money: $490 for a 45-minute back blitz so relaxing it had me in a daze for quite a while after I left the salon. What's the score?: 9/10. The salon's facilities are like a clubhouse, complete with a changing area, leatherette slippers and your own clean, white towelling robe. Even though I find New Age music rather annoying, I now understand its place in the world of spas and beauty salons because it encouraged me to sleep. Reservations: Leonard Drake Skin Care/Health Spa, shop UG/39-40, Fisherman's Wharf, 8 Laguna Verde Avenue, Hunghom, Kowloon. Tel: 3156 1181. There is also a Leonard Drake retail shop on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, and a salon is scheduled to open there at the end of this month.