Detox and Wind Down: Here's How in Hong Kong
Whatever your views on detoxing, sometimes it feels good to clean out our systems so we can have fun all over again. Here’s how.
If you live a mostly sedentary lifestyle, sitting long hours at work each day, Hong Kong brand Zarie may just have the answer for your water-retaining leg woes. The brand’s leggings use a super-smooth Italian fabric infused with caffeine, vitamin E, retinol, fatty acids and aloe vera, which aim to help improve circulation and even make your legs look longer and your skin feel smoother. We got a thumbs up from HK Mag’s Sophia Lam, who recently tried a pair of long leggings. They’ve got flattering detailing on the sides and a small pocket on the inner waistband big enough to hold a few cards. She says that they were not at all restrictive, clothing she’d comfortably wear to sleep or to work out in—although she didn’t notice any cosmetic enhancements after just wearing it for a full work day. Ladies with big booties may want to order a size up, though: the waistband is less stretchy than the rest of them. Full length leggings $650 from zarie.co
Finding vegan, cruelty-free skincare that uses natural ingredients suited for sensitive skin in Hong Kong can be hard, especially if you don’t want to walk around in a potent Lush cloud every day. Stepping in to help is indie Korean skincare brand Roselina, which offers a lightly scented alternative, and has recently launched in Hong Kong. Starting with step one in its signature range, the O2 oxygen bubble mask ($480/50ml) is one helluva party trick: you apply a thick layer of the gel to clean skin, and after a few minutes it begins to foam up—no lathering required—to rid your skin of impurities. After washing it off, my skin was supple but not taut, and my pores were clearer and smaller. You follow up with a sheet mask ($330 for five): the moisturizing Waterful Hydro Mask, which feels much lighter than the pore-detoxifying Luminous Purifying Mask. The masks themselves are thicker than most, and are shaped for smaller but wider faces. roselina-skincare.com
Yeast Meets West
To start the day off healthy, get your hands on some Hong Kong-made fresh yoghurt and cheese spreads from Sour Times, a dairy company owned by yoghurt-lovers Winy and Eileen. If you live in Wong Chuk Hang you’re in luck: Sour Times does breakfast delivery featuring their signature yoghurt along with granola, or a bircher muesli cup ($40 each). The rest of us will have to order online. They’ve got a few whimsical Hong Kong flavors, from tofu fa pudding-style red ginger to our favorite: cocktail bun, which is slightly sweet thanks to the added coconut.Two large 500g pots for $116. Subscription plans available from sourtimes.hk
Arches of Triumph
We’ve been seeing semi-permanent brow embroidery and microblading brow services pop up in salons all over town. Lasting about two or three years, brow embroidery applies hair-thin strokes of dye under the skin to attain a natural look. It’s one step up from the traditional brow tattoos which often fade to blue over time. At a recent media preview at brow experts Browhaus, we got to see a demo of its signature Brow Resurrection 2.4 service, using a vegetable dye that can be custom blended for your particular color. Your brows are drawn on until you’re happy with them, before a numbing cream is applied and the design is finally etched on—apparently it’s no more painful than tweezing. There’s no down time needed for recovery, and you just need to avoid the gym or sweating too much for a week or so on top of using their aftercare products—for perfect brows every morning, why not? $6,600 from Browhaus, 10/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2845-0886, browhaus.com.hk