Wow, I can hardly believe that HK Mag has been around for 20 years. I remember being a teenager and sneakily reading Savage Love while bunking off P.E. lessons. Happy days. Anyway, enough reminiscing—onto this special jumbo roundup of all Hong Kong’s health and beauty news: Pro-Ivo I can honestly say that after being told to cut down on facial treatments by my dermatologist, my skin has never looked better. Partly to blame for irritations, she said, was overzealous extraction and steaming at the hands of beauty therapists. It makes sense when you think about it. You irritate your skin by squeezing all your pores, and then promptly clog them up again by steaming your face and dumping on a ton of products! But that’s not to say that I haven’t broken the rules once or twice—a while back, I couldn’t resist popping into the Oriental Spa at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental for a cheeky facial treatment. (BTW, I can never get the name right here. Over the past few years I’ve called it the Mandarin Spa, the Landmark Oriental Spa, the Spa at the Landmark Oriental and pretty much every permutation thereof, much to the chagrin of the ever-patient PRs. They should just rename it MOSPA and make it easier for everyone). Their Ivo Pitanguy Pure Detox facial was absolute bliss and, because I hadn’t dared try a facial for ages, I really felt the benefits of the treatment. The aim of the facial is to fully hydrate the skin, while a strong face and scalp massage helps to detoxify and encourages lymphatic drainage. An extra special bonus came in the form of a hand and arm massage, which was done during an eye contour treatment to get rid of eye bags and puffiness. I’m sure the locker room attendant thought I was super vain, as I couldn’t stop admiring my newly-perky complexion in the mirror—in-between trying to sneak extra free razors into my handbag. The treatment is $1,500 on weekdays and $1,580 on weekends at the Oriental Spa at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2132-001 1 Think Pink October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and tons of places around town are showing their support by launching campaigns and special products to raise money for cancer research. On October 21, Pink Revolution is encouraging people to dress in pink or host a “Pink Party” to raise awareness for the topic. Post your pink pics on their Facebook page and you could win a special beauty hamper from The Body Shop. There are tons of companies out there launching special products to raise money to buy care packs, prostheses and wigs for breast cancer sufferers, including Shanghai Tang, Zojirushi home appliances and The Body Shop, to name just a few. And if you make a donation of $100 or more, you can redeem a cute mini bear charm and a buy-one-get-one-free voucher at participating Pacific Coffee Company outlets. Check out www.cancer-fund.org/pink or call the hotline at 3667-6333 for more details Speaking of breast cancer news, Aveda is once again launching its famous limited-edition hand cream to help raise money for breast cancer research. Its goal is to raise $2,100,000 by selling their pink ribbon creams, which are 19 percent larger than their regular lotion—and a little bit cheaper too. For every tube sold, $30 will be donated to charity, so hurry up and get yours now. The cream costs $270 and is available from the Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa, 2/F, The Loop, 33 Wellington St., Central, 2868-9859 Bean Counting Normally the words “healthy” and “snack” don’t go too well together, and conjure up unpleasant images of overpriced flax seed bars and rice cakes, both of which kind of taste like drywall, but worse. But perhaps these new Cruncha Ma-Me dehydrated soy bean snacks might be able to take the edge off my 4pm cravings without my having to hit up my usual bubble tea/egg tart/top-secret Marks & Spencer snack box (really) soon as lunch wears off. These little suckers are packed with antioxidants and nutrients galore, and come either plain, lightly seasoned or mixed with healthy dehydrated corn. Sure, the packaging’s a little smug, but if you can’t lord it over a colleague who’s shoving down an ill-advised spam bun from Fairwood, what’s the point? Available at Il Bel Paese outlets around town, including 85 Caine Rd., Mid-Levels, 2549-8893, www.ilbelpaese.com.hk . Hot New Spa! So my spalicious buddy Ana of Spa Evolution ( www.spaevolutionconsult.com ) has been consulting for various wellness companies around town, and last week she invited a bunch of us to check out the new 10/10 Space in Causeway Bay. Created by the folks who bring brands such as Eve Lom, Malin + Goetz and Rodial to Hong Kong, this all-encompassing beauty space has a nail bar (including super-cool Dr. Evil-esque pedicure thrones), a hair salon space (perfect for sufferers of “massage hair” who’d like to re-enter the world not looking like they had their head stuffed in a face hole for an hour) and three treatment rooms. They really have only just opened, but I’ll definitely head down there again in the coming weeks to give my full verdict. 10/10 Space, Flat B, 1/F Fairview Mansion, 51 Paterson St., Causeway Bay, 3595-1152, www.1010space.com.hk Toning Shoes for Winter The weather is barely cooling down, but FitFlops has just launched their first line of Ugg-style toning boots. My personal faves are the “Blizz” (middle) and “Superblizz” (left) models, which remind me of the moonboots I used to wear at university. But if you’re more into the “equestrian dominatrix” look, try the “Charley” design (right). To be honest, après-ski chic is probably too snug for the subtropics, apart from that super-chilly couple of weeks around CNY, but I guess there are always sub-zero shopping malls and cinema theaters that you can wear them to. The shoes cost between $1,390 and $2,190 depending on the model and are available at Lane Crawford, L/4, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2118-3388.