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5 of the best facials in Hong Kong

Do something your skin will love you for

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Fontaine Cheng
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Living in Hong Kong is great. You can dine at an incredibly diverse range of restaurants, explore streets that are steeped in history and culture, and enjoy the city’s stunning skyline, among many other things. But life in Hong Kong can also take its toll, especially on your skin – what with sun damage, mask-wearing, constant air conditioning, and other stress factors that this beautiful city of ours presents. Thankfully, there is a way to counter this and that is to indulge in a soothing facial to bring some life back into your skin. For those that aren’t sure where to start, well that’s what we’re here for. So, keep reading for some of Hong Kong’s best facials to try.

RECOMMENDED: Looking for other ways to relax in Hong Kong? Check out the best spas in Hong Kong or try out these ways to bring wellness back home.

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  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Natural organic skincare brand Beyorg recently opened up shop in K11 Musea in collaboration with Australian brand A.O.R to offer beauty and skincare products, along with a private room for treatments. The shop stocks A.O.R exclusives and organic beauty brands under Beyorg as well as treatments such as their intensive moisturising facial which uses two massage techniques designed to leave you with brighter, more nourished and radiant looking skin. The therapist will also make use of jade rollers to release tension, improve blood circulation, and stimulate collagen production, all the while helping with lymphatic drainage. Thereafter, A.O.R’s signature butterfly technique, in which facial pressure points are massaged to flush out toxins and direct oxygen and nutrients to skin cells, is used in combination with A.O.R products, including a vitamin-rich cream mask and intensive moisturising sheet mask. You also get a relaxing massage that covers the head, neck, shoulders, hands, arms, and feet too. For those looking to try this for the first time, you can get 30 percent off. 

Price: ​​60 mins: $1,950; 90 mins: $2,350
To book: beyorgbeauty.com; WhatsApp 9853 0260

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Available at both Harbour City and Gough Street locations, the Aesop facial treatment is a bespoke experience that is catered to your skin condition and priorities. Before your treatment, the therapist performs a consultation to understand your concerns and goals, and while analysing your skin, customises a formulation that will work best for your skin type. Aesop offers 60 and 75-minute facials , though it’s best if you give yourself some time after the treatment so you can make the most of the tailored consultation which lets you know how best to take care of your skin from then onwards. Facials at the Harbour City location are held on the 14th floor of the office tower, so you are taken away from the hubbub of the mall. Expect to be whisked away to a terracotta-toned sanctuary with Aesop scents in the air. You’ll also get a scalp, neck, and arm massage which all combine to ensure you leave looking relaxed and fresh-faced.

Price: 60mins $920; 75mins $1,090
To book: aesop.com/hk 

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  • Mong Kok

Chuan, which means flowing water in Chinese, is the spa at Cordis hotel which offers a range of treatments guided by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its holistic approach to wellness. The signature Chuan Yu facial uses a jade gua sha to scrape on different meridian points, increasing the flow of blood circulation and therefore revitalising the skin from the inside. The facial lasts for about 75 minutes with steps for cleansing, exfoliation and serum, along with a peel-off mask. When you have the mask on, the therapist will massage your head, shoulders, arms, legs and feet so you can truly relax. The facial is suitable for oily or combination skin but not recommended for skin with acne or delicate skin. The gua sha itself feels cool to the touch and overall, the experience is extremely relaxing and you’ll likely find yourself falling asleep (or in my case, snoring!) in no time. 

Price: 75mins $1,250
To book: cordishotels.com

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  • Wan Chai

This secluded spa on the 11th floor of the Grand Hyatt is the tranquil escape that you, your body, mind and soul need. But in case you didn’t know, it’s also what your face and skin are screaming out for. The Plateau spa has a selection of signature facials that brighten, calm, and hydrate, with one of them being the skin-refining facial that uses Hungarian beauty brand Omorovicza. The treatment makes use of mineral-rich moor mud, which has plenty of magnesium and calcium to thoroughly cleanse and detoxify skin, while rosemary and pineapple extract calm and refine lacklustre and dull skin. The result is cleaner, smoother, and a brighter looking complexion that even your mask can’t hide.

Price: 60mins $1,280; 90mins $1,550
To book: Plateau Spa’s reservation platform

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  • Central

French medi-spa EstheClinic uses tech to give your face an intense glow. Thanks to a combination of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and non-invasive LED photo modulation technology, skin can regenerate for a more even and radiant complexion. Specifically designed to reduce hyperpigmentation and pore size, the intense glow treatment starts off with MacPeel IPL technology that evens out skin tone through light waves absorbed by melanin, which in turn triggers fragmentation. Next up, LED (red and yellow) light therapy is used to activate new collagen formation while inhibiting the breakdown of existing collagen to delay signs of ageing for firmer, more youthful-looking skin with elasticity. Straight after the treatment, I found my skin to be noticeably brighter, and for the first time in a long time, it felt like my skin was glowing. The treatment can last for 40 or 60 minutes and are available to purchase in packages. EstheClinic is also currently offering 50 percent off your first-ever session for any treatment in any area.

Price: $2,300 for face or $2,900 for face and neck
To book: estheclinic.com.hk

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