Three facials that Madonna, Jessica Biel and Miranda Kerr love – but are they right for you?
Whether it’s the queen of pop’s age-defying regime or treatments that actresses and models swear by, we take a look at three facials worth trying this autumn
From Madonna’s favourite treatment to a red-carpet-ready glow, we round up three facials to try in Hong Kong this month.
1. The celebrity-approved
Skincare line MDNA was developed especially for Madonna, the queen of pop, and those who want to follow her age-defying regime can try one of two facials at The Spa in the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.
Revival face (60 minutes HK$2,080 [US$265]/90 mins HK$2,380) and Relief face (60 mins HK$1,880/90 mins HK$2,280) both massage and stimulate the facial muscles, but while the former enhances the skin’s firmness, the other moisturises it. I chose the latter for 90 minutes.
The therapist began by cleansing my skin, before applying an intensifying mask on my face. She used a metal tool shaped like a fingertip, but obviously not as soft, to apply the mask. Then she used the other side of this tool that has a vibration function, gliding it along my skin in firm, swift, long curved strokes under the cheekbones, along the forehead, and chin.
After, she massaged my face, again with firm long strokes. Then a refreshing hydrating moisturiser was applied and as part of the 90-minute treatment, the therapist applied an eye cream, and massages hands, neck and shoulders. I was advised to keep the skin products on as long as possible, making my skin feel hydrated and relaxed.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, 116/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon. Tel: 2263 2040
2. The party-ready
The closest I got to Hollywood with the Red Carpet Facial (HK$1,680/75 mins) from Flawless was walking along its namesake road near the Central spa. But I did have an extra spring in my step – and stepped out post-treatment without a trace of make up. The results were impressive.
The treatment uses products from Intraceuticals, an Australian brand loved by celebrities including Jessica Biel and Miranda Kerr, such as its signature serum containing hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants infused with pure oxygen that leaves you hydrated and happy.
The best way to describe the treatment is like a flat surface being carefully spray painted – the therapist Debbie slowly moved the oxygen machine methodically up and down my face for an hour. When the machine’s done its thing Debbie applies serum to the eye and lip areas, commenting that my skin was dehydrated and sensitive, which explains why it was a little red after the treatment. But a couple of hours later it had calmed down. Days later my skin was super soft and those forehead lines less crater like.
And while Debbie seemed relaxed throughout the 75 minutes, brace yourself for a deep shoulder and neck massage to end the treatment.
Flawless, 4/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham St, Central. Tel: 2869 5868
3. The soft touch
With six spas located all over Hong Kong, Sense of Touch has built a loyal following among locals and expats, who all rave about its signature treatments and in-house skincare line, Sense of Touch Laboratories, developed in collaboration with Japan’s Zeal Cosmetics.
The spa, however, still makes a point of introducing new brands to its line-up, which already includes Dermalogica and Aromatherapy Associates. The latest addition to its roster of skincare labels is Italian brand Comfort Zone, which you can discover through three special treatments recently introduced at the Repulse Bay, Central and Sai Kung locations.
If you’re looking for something gentle and restorative, opt for the Sacred Nature Facial (HK$980/60 minutes), a soothing treatment that exfoliates, nourishes and protects the skin without the risk of any side effects.
After a brief consultation and a double cleanse, the therapist applied a series of products that are free from silicones and parabens, and feature instead natural oils and butters, which have a milder but still very active effect on the skin.
The facial suits all types of complexion and is made for those with sensitive skin. Even after a thorough extraction, my skin looked plumper and firmer, with any post-facial redness giving way to a healthy glow after only a few hours.
Sense of Touch has several branches across Hong Kong. For more details: senseoftouch.com.hk