For baby soft skin: Hydro Boost Care by Hanbang Skin Solutions
Where: Hanbang Skin Solutions, Nex Shopping Mall #04-30
What: The Hydro Boost Care is a 70-minute facial that aims to refresh, revitalise, and retain moisture. The added hydration helps your skin to glow while eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. The facial consists the full works: double cleansing, exfoliation, a shoulder massage, use of a machine to depuff skin and their signature Geunmak therapy. This massage technique simulates the fascia, a layer of tissue beneath the skin that is mainly made of collagen. The strokes are said to release tense muscles and increase circulation for firmer, more elastic skin. Their facials incorporate the use of products from Esthe Twin (Stcell series) or SkinCeuticals.
Verdict: The room was cosy, the light was warm and the music was just right. It was a promising welcome. The facial was done while I relaxed in a heated bed – it made the process extra comfortable. The lifting massage was a little painful at times, but I could see immediate results. My skin was firmer, lifted, and moisturised after the 90-minute facial. Why was it slightly longer than the stated 70 minutes? They provide a facial scan to show moisture levels, sebum production, and ageing so they can customise the facial for each customer. Comparing the before and after scans were intriguing too. All in all, it was a relaxing and hydrating process, and I appreciated the extra shoulder and leg massage! – Carissa
For more info: Visit www.hanbangskin.com or call 6909 5383.
(Also read: Review: This Japanese Facial Treatment Helps to Revive Stressed-Out Skin)
For merry and bright skin: Jyunka V Blanc Treatment
Where: Jyunka by Carragheen, 12A Liang Seah Street
What: The Jyunka V Blanc Treatment is a 105-minute-long facial that aims to rid stubborn pigmentation and rebalance uneven skin tone. Technology plays a big role here and it starts with a comprehensive skin analysis using a device that measures your skin’s hydration and melasma levels. This information, together with a survey about your current lifestyle habits that includes exercise frequency and caffeine intake, is then used to personalise your facial treatment accordingly.
Using patented Jyunka V Technology equipment, the eight-step treatment begins with deep cleansing and exfoliation, followed by a stimulating neck and shoulder massage. Between nourishing layers of serum gels and vitamin-rich masks, electroporation and cryotherapy probes are used to drive active ingredients from these products deeper into your skin. Towards the end of the treatment, the therapist uses a laser probe to calm any residual redness, before moisturising the face with an essence mist, serum and cream – all from the homegrown brand’s Blanc Whitening series, which is safe for anyone with sensitive skin.
Verdict: The treatment felt super pampering and luxurious from start to finish, especially with soft harp music in the background, plus the massage that throws you into a deeply relaxed state early on. I caught myself falling asleep once or twice while the cold Extreme Comfort and Jyunka Blanc masks were gently brushed onto my face. The manual extraction during the exfoliation stage did hurt – not gonna lie – and the tingling sensation from the electroporation probe that ran over my face took some getting used to. However, the pain was bearable and it was satisfying to know that my pores were getting thoroughly unclogged and my skin fed with hydrating ingredients.
Being rather fair-skinned to start with, the brightening effects weren’t immediately visible post-treatment. However, my skin felt firmer, smoother and de-congested, and I noticed an overall reduction in redness on my face a week later. – Yi Wen
Price: The Jyunka V Blanc Treatment is priced at $280. First-time clients are entitled to a 30 per cent discount on facial treatments.
For more info: Visit www.facebook.com/jyunkaconceptcenter or call 6222-3376.
For smooth, even-toned skin: Pumpkin Glow Facial by SkinLab
Where: SkinLab The Medical Spa, various outlets
What: This very indulgent 120-minute facial was designed by SkinLab’s doctors to rejuvenate, lift, hydrate and smoothen skin. The star of the facial is pumpkin, or rather pure derivatives of the bright orange fruit that are infused into every product used. The ingredient is known to clear away dead skin cells with fruit acids and nourish with vitamins.
The Pumpkin Glow Facial involves a double-cleanse, followed by the Pumpkin Peel, which is packed with pumpkin enzymes, vitamins A, B, C and E and green tea extract. Then a Pumpkin Amino Formula (a blend of 17 amino acids and niacinamide) is layered on the peel to maintain skin hydration levels. After a very thorough manual extraction, your skin will be treated to a Pumpkin Hydrating Ampoule containing hyaluronic acid and epidermal growth factors – the product is massaged into the skin with a nifty 24K gold device that’s said to boost absorption and promote skin rejuvenation. Next, to lift and tighten, a rich Pumpkin Cream is massaged on using a lymphatic drainage massager. The therapist then follows up with a very luxurious “v-shaping” massage by hand. The facial ends with a cooling gel-mask to promote skin healing.
Verdict: At two hours long, this is not a treatment for women in a hurry, but the results may be worth the time spent. Right after the facial, my skin tone looked more even and pores appeared finer. And the morning after, my face felt much smoother to the touch and seemed more supple than usual. My skin reddens easily but the peel and extraction didn’t cause any irritation, which was a great relief. For someone who doesn’t get to enjoy monthly facials, this particular treatment was effective in giving my tired skin a much needed boost. – Mei Yan
Price: $430. New customers may enjoy the facial at a trial price of $168, subject to terms and conditions.
For more info: Visit https://skinlabmedspa.com or call 6235 3246.