Four Spa Facials to Give Your Skin a Treat
Treat your skin to these rejuvenating facials.
Does the sun have your skin looking more like a basted turkey than a golden egg? The Vitamin C+ Facial from Glow Spa combines Vitamin C with an extra hit of pomegranate extract to kickstart your collagen production, rebalance your melanin, soften those wrinkles and de-puff your eye bags all in one treatment. Try doing that with a bag of oranges. Glow Spa, 9/F, Parker House, 72 Queen’s Rd., Central, 2525-5198
Bliss at the W Hong Kong offers every kind of facial treatment available, plus a brownie bar to boot—they’ve got a white brightening facial, microdermabrasion, a facial that targets your lips and one for your eyes, and plenty of mesotherapy treatments tailored to your every need, whether anti-aging or intense hydration. But their most popular? The classic Triple Oxygen Treatment ($1,295), which involves a peel, enzyme pack, skin-brightening oxygen, and the Fully Loaded Facial ($1,580), which indulges you from head to toe: Deep cleansing, oxygen wrap, extractions, collagen serum, head, shoulders, arm and foot massage, and a hair treatment. Don’t forget to grab a brownie as you float out in a cloud of bliss. Bliss Spa, W Hotel, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, 3717-2797
The Oriental Spa
The 25,000-sq.-ft. Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is no ordinary spa experience: They’ve got vitality pools, herbal saunas, Hammam steam rooms, and more unique splash rooms, and of course, you’re treated to the five-star hotel service expected of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. We recently tried the new 60-minute Natura Bissé Citrus Boost facial, which uses products from the Spanish spa brand that are packed with Vitamin C, to help wake up tired skin and achieve a brighter, more even complexion. It starts with a brief aromatherapy exercise to relax you from your fingertips to your toes, after which your face is cleansed, and a mild fruit-based peel is applied to gently exfoliate. During this, you’ll get treated to a relaxing head and scalp massage. An incredibly moisturizing algae-based soft mask is then applied, and as you wait for it to set, your therapist rubs down your shoulders and arms, by which you’re more than likely to have blissfully drifted off to sleep. As you wake up again to the energizing scent of citrus, you’ll be awash with a healthy glow, with extra soft and supple skin—though perhaps a tad heavily moisturized to step out into the humid Hong Kong summer. Mondays-Thursdays $1,500; Fridays-Sundays $1,650. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queens Rd., Central, 2132-0188
The Face Spa
These are extra precarious months for any Hongkonger’s complexion: outside, pollution bonds with the humidity, which clings to your face, producing a veritable dermatological layer of sweat and smog, while inside, the constant pumping of air conditioning dries up the skin, Sahara Desert-style. Ever wake up with your skin somehow feeling both dry and greasy? Like every day? Maybe it’s time for a Face Spa facial. Popular for their more clinical aesthetic treatments like Botox, chemical peels and cosmetic fillers, their therapeutic facials also make a world of a difference: The Face Spa’s Eminence facial is a nourishing, deep-cleaning journey to radiant skin. Tailored to the unique complexions of the client, the facial invariably involves three cleanses with products from the organic Hungarian line Eminence, microdermabrasion, followed by an extraction to remove every last blackhead and close up those pores, several rounds of face and shoulder massage, a specially blended mask and wrap, and more goodies. The treatment lasts two hours, and the results are glowing, supple skin, ready to do battle with the smoggy and humid Hong Kong summer. To boost up your skincare regime between sessions, take a look at The Face Spa’s own line of products, specially formulated by Dr. Tim. The Eminence Facial, $1080. The Face Spa, 14/F, The Loop, 33 Wellington St., Central. 2815-1580