The Treatment

The 75-minute facial begins with a double cleanse to remove makeup, dirt and pollution, followed by a gentle glycolic acid scrub to exfoliate. After this, an enzyme peel which has papaya and pineapple extracts is applied onto my face and left on for a few minutes to get rid of surface dead cells and boost skin regeneration. The therapist then sprays a soothing and hydrating thermal mist, containing aloe vera extracts and Aachen pure spring water, over my face. She then applies a serum which has 20 per cent pure vitamin C derivative to boost collagen production, fight against free radical damage and lighten pigmentation. Next, I am treated to a five-minute facial massage using a cream infused with herbal extracts, such as ginseng, nettle and watercress, to boost firmness and microcirculation. A skin strengthening Comfort Cream Mask is then applied to my face and left on for 15-minutes, during which I am treated to a relaxing scalp massage. As a finishing step, the therapist sprays the same thermal mist and applies basic skincare and sunscreen onto my complexion.

The Verdict

Despite the scrub and peel, my usually sensitive complexion did not react or turn red at all. In fact, my face looked significantly brighter and felt smoother the day after. I also loved how my dark spots appeared less obvious after the treatment. $267.50, Spa Esprit (#05-10 Paragon S.C), tel: 6836-0500

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