For tired skin
The revamped Ritz-Carlton Spa is an underwater-themed oasis for the worn-out folks – calming blue lights are surrounded by lush greenery, with the sounds of nature being piped throughout the 10-room spa. It’s the first La Mer hotel partner spa in Asia Pacific so naturally, La Mer products take centre stage. If you’re looking to go all out to pamper yourself, the spa offers three signature spa experiences: Timeless Indulgence (La Mer Miracle Broth facial and a foot care regime), Cello Concerto (massage synchronised to classical music) and Educational Spa masterclasses, where you’ll learn the art of massage.
Treatment to try La Mer Miracle Broth ($480/90min). It’s not a soup but an elixir that locks in moisture while soothing and brightening your skin. As the extract is slathered on your mug, therapists conduct a series of deep cleansing, massage, eye treatment and an ‘ice sequence’ to seal in all the benefits.
For customized treatments
Winnie Ng is a one-woman show who does everything at W.FaceSpa. After spending seven years learning the ropes at some of Singapore's top facial studios, she now provides personalised facial treatments to customers depending on how their skin looks and feels that day. Winnie uses products from Korea, the US and Europe that are safe even for those with sensitive skin. She is also able to treat skin concerns including acne and hyperpigmentation.
Treatment to try Intensive hydro treatment facial package ($168). Most suitable for people with dull, tired looking skin that need a boost of moisture. For people with acne, Winnie uses a cold ion machine that instantly tightens pores, soothes redness and lightens dark circles.
For uneven, sun-damaged skin
You don’t have to fly to the Land of the Rising Sun for an authentic Japanese experience. Ikeda Spa offers more than ten types of facials to choose from, including treatments for V-face slimming, wrinkle refining and acne-reducing, on top of its onsen experiences.
Treatment to try Geisha Organic Facial ($240/90min). Uguisu no fun, or 'nightingale faeces' in Japanese, is the main ingredient used in this facial treatment popular with geishas in the 17th century. It’s said to brighten and even out skin tone as well as treat acne scars and sun damage. Don’t be too grossed out: the Japanese bush warbler, the species that provides the raw ingredient, is reared in farms and fed a diet of organic berries for the sole purpose of harvesting its faeces.
For firming your skin
With over 15 years of experience treating skin concerns in France and across Europe, EstheClinic now offers advanced aesthetic treatments in Singapore. Each treatment promises to be effective, painless and non-invasive, allowing you to see both immediate and lasting results. Its star treatment is the Smooth and Glow IPL Body Perfection (from $90/session) that removes unwanted hair while evening out skin tone.
Treatment to try Three Days to Instant Youth programme (from $990) is great for people looking for a quick fix to problematic skin as the treatment instantly smooths, firms and hydrates. Although marketed as an anti-ageing solution, the programme is also good for people with stubborn acne scars and pigmentation as it increases skin regeneration. The five-step facial is repeated over three consecutive days. On the first and third day, skin is treated to a thermo-controlled radiofrequency procedure for 40 minutes before the therapist uses a micro-needling device that will help the skin better absorb the serum. Cold light is then used on the face to activate new collagen formation, which results in tighter skin. All steps are repeated on the second day except the radiofrequency treatment.
For the time-starved
For the jet-setter who has it all, work in a quick, revitalising facial at Jet Concepts. The fast-working facial will have you in and out of the spa in under an hour – perfect for those who can never find the time to pamper themselves.
Treatment to try Jet Revitalising Facial ($150/45min). This express service uses a micro-current machine and chemical peel to first exfoliate the surface of the skin. The therapist then applies a moisturising cream to the face and massages it in for 15 minutes using a meridian acupoint technique. Finally, a cucumber mask is applied to hydrate the skin and reduce redness, leaving you feeling restored and ready to take on what the world has to offer.
For a rosy complexion
While TaraBliss isn’t your swankiest spa, it does the job of relaxing and restoring you, using technology and skincare products by French brand Méthode Jeanne Piaubert.
Treatment to try Méthode Jeanne Piaubert SlimFace Lymphatic Drainage treatment ($288/90min). The masseuse performs a patented MJP massage technique, which is exclusive to TaraBliss, to thoroughly drain the lymph nodes on your face and décolletage to improve blood circulation. Multiple treatments will help shape a streamlined ‘V’ contour along the jawline.
For a sharper jawline
Want a V-shaped jawline, but through non-surgical and non-invasive means? Your answer is in Yakson’s Golki Therapy, a method based off Wolff’s law that posits using shock and pressure will stimulate calcium absorption and, ultimately, boost bone density. The beauty house, which was started in 1981 in Korea, also offers treatments for bow leg realignment ($240/session) and pelvic care (from $148/session), among other options.
Treatment to try Small Face Care (from $258/2hr). It comes with an hour-long back, arm and décolletage massage and a 15-minute ‘facial golki’ – that’s when your face is remodelled and jawline reworked through a series of deep massages.
For the glow-from-within look
Pop into Porcelain Aesthetics for a quick facial. Founded by mother-daughter team Jenny Teng and Pauline Ng in 2009, Porcelain has since grown to have three face spas around the island, each carrying their own range of skincare, including cult favourites like the balance sebum control essence and HydraClear gel. By coupling state-of-the-art facials with effective skincare, Porcelain promises to deliver clear and beautiful skin to anyone who steps through its doors.
Treatment to try Porcelain Illuminate Facial ($406.60/75min). Achieve brighter and glowing skin with this five-step facial that aims to fade pigmentation and reverse the signs of ageing. The treatment begins with the use of a two-in-one oxy-diamante microdermabrasion device followed by a wine peel to gently exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin, ensuring better absorption of active ingredients in subsequent steps. To encourage lymphatic drainage, an OxyPulse massage is performed to simultaneously work a floral essence lotion into the skin while pumping it with oxygen to stimulate blood flow. The treatment concludes with a hydrating mask and a shoulder massage.
For anti-ageing needs
Aesthéa has all the answers you need to treat your skin concerns – be it for the face or body. It offers a slew of facial treatments, body firming and lifting services as well as permanent hair removal. There are also treatments to remove unwanted tattoos, spider veins and blemishes, using the latest in aesthetic technology to deliver services that are non-invasive and painless.
Treatment to try Light Years Ahead ($2,000/six sessions). As its name suggests, this treatment is for people looking to lift and improve their dull-looking skin caused by ageing and stress. A session includes four treatments: Casmara Peel to clarify skin, Spectra XT Laser Toning for collagen generation, BBL PhotoFacial to stimulate collagen-producing cells, and High-intensity Focused Ultrasound to repair and regenerate new collagen fibres. For people with acne and pigmentation problems, the anti-acne peel helps to remove dead skin cells and sebum that gathers beneath the skin's surface.
For supple and brighter skin
Apart from facials that’re designed to suppress pigmentation and boost collagen, this clinic offers removal treatments for acne, pigmentation, scars and broken or enlarged blood vessels, among other things. It even goes a step further with its clinical skincare range, developed to complement treatments suited to your skin type.
Treatment to try IDS Hydro Therapeutics Treatment (from $198/45-60min). The clinic’s signature four-step facial promises brighter skin after just one session. It starts with a HydraFacial, in which jets of solution cleanse the surface layer of the skin. Next your pores are unclogged using ultrasonic technology and a manual extraction for stubborn blackheads. The third step’s a fancy process called iontophoresis, in which vitamin C essence is pushed into the deeper layers of the skin using ultrasonic technology. A soothing mask is then applied and left to harden for about 20 minutes, after which you’ll have supple and glowing skin for up to a week.
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