Kim Kardashian is known for getting vampire facials. Demi Moore, on the other hand, has been said to use leeches to detox her body.

The bottom line is, people are willing to a lot of really, really strange things to keep their skin looking healthy and radiant. But with all of the unconventional options for facial and spa treatments out in the market, it’s hard to separate the miracle ingredients from wacky old wives’ tales.

Read on for some of the new and unique facial and spa treatments and the science behind them.


Bubble bear float

Bathing in beer is not only debauchedly enjoyable, it also comes with benefits for the body and mind. A recent study done in the United States found that beer made from grain contains compounds (antioxidants and polyphenols) that can be anti-bacterial, anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory. That is why bathing in a vat of beer has been said to soothe the skin, ease muscle tensions, detoxify, cleanse the pores and even help with cellulite.

Where to get it: Aramsa The Garden Spa

How much it costs: from $298 (weekday special, 2.5 hours)


Needleless skin booster


Think of this treatment as an update to the microneedling skincare trend.

Exactly like how it sounds, microneedling is a treatment where tiny punctures in the skin are created with micro needles. This triggers the body’s wound healing process, stimulating collagen and elastin production. Once these little punctures are made, skincare products applied topically are able to penetrate deeper into the skin and can work more efficiently.

This needleless skin booster applies the same principal. However, this treatment is different from the conventional form of microneedling because porous fine herbal needles (made from ground-up corals) are used. These “needles” are applied to skin by hand in a gentle circular motion and biodegrades within 36 hours. After which, a serum is applied to the skin to provide hydration while stimulating collagen synthesis and production.

Where to get it: Art by Verita

How much it costs: $450 (90 minutes)


Matcha onsen

Matcha is so mat-cha more than a dreamy, sea foam alternative to a cuppa joe. This green compound is jam-packed with catechins, a type of polyphenol, which makes it a powerful antioxidant to reduce inflammation, brighten dark spots, even skin tone and even ward off harmful UV rays. Soak up the benefits of this superfood with this matcha onsen experience and find your skin returning to its natural shine and radiance. You can also complete your spa experience with a matcha anti-ageing scrub and detox massage.

Where to get it: Ideka Spa (Bukit Timah outlet)

How much it costs: $238 (2 hours)


Pumpkin glow facial

The fruit is packed with enzymes, vitamin A and C, zinc and AHAs that are extremely helpful for pigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles and acne, according to the International Dermal Institute. If you’re looking to incorporate this potent skincare ingredient into your pampering routine this fall, give this facial a go.

A pumpkin peel is applied to exfoliate skin to prep the skin and allow it to better absorb the pumpkin hydrating ampoule containing moisturising ingredients like hyaluronic acid. After which, a pumpkin cream is applied to the skin with a lymphatic drainage massager. Last but not least, a pumpkin gel mask is applied to the face to soothe and promote skin healing.

Where to get it: Skinlab the Medical Spa

How much it costs: $430 (2 hours)