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‘Work hard, play hard’ is a mantra that many of us go by, because there is absolutely no reason why we can’t have it all.

Yet, juggling the many facets of our lives – as friends and parents, workers and providers – can take a toll on our skin.

The skin on our face is the most delicate, and therefore the most susceptible to the physical and emotional aggressors of daily life, be it stress or pollution.

Unfortunately, many of us simply don’t have the time to indulge in a proper skincare regime daily – think about the last time you fell asleep with your makeup on or skipped the moisturiser because you were too tired.

Many women cite not having the time to take care of their skin as the reason behind common skin woes like acne, wrinkles, dark spots and overall dullness, and trust us, we get it.  

Which is where facials come into play – these highly concentrated and targeted treatments can do wonders for your skin as they often utilise high tech, dermatological-grade equipment and products that you simply can’t get at home.

Think of facials as a weekly (or monthly) supercharged reset for your skin, and should be a part of your skincare regime.

We know that not everyone has the time to indulge in hours-long sessions, which is why we’ve rounded up the 9 best quick facials conveniently located in the CBD.


Pure Tincture

Organic skincare indulgence at its finest, Pure Tincture promises effective treatments that use only eco-friendly, natural and organic ingredients.

Located at Tras Street in the heart of Tanjong Pagar, the spa has specially created the Express Algae Facial with the packed schedules of their clients in mind.

This facial uses a pre-saturated sheet mask that is packed with active organic ingredients, and is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids for a renewed complexion.

The treatment promises to deliver the results of a full facial in under 30 minutes, meaning you’d still have time to grab a bite to eat on the way back to the office.

68 Tras Street #02-01 (S)079007, Tel: +65 6222 0267


SK-II Boutique

Synonymous with effective, luxury skincare, SK-II offers 2 different treatments that are just 1-hour long.

The Discovery Facial is customised specially to your skin’s needs, and comes with a relaxing pressure point massage to boot.

If clogged pores and acne are your concerns, then opt for their Clarity Facial; the treatment gently removes impurities from deep within your skin, followed with products that promote quick skin recovery, resulting in a healthy and refined complexion.

9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-54/55, Millenia Walk Shopping Centre (S)039596, Tel: +65 6336 4880


Jet Concepts

If your job requires you to travel all the time, then it is likely you know the toll dehydrating air travel and constantly changing climates can take on your skin.

For those with normal or acne-prone skin that flare up particularly after bouts of travel, Jet Concepts has designed a 30-minute Jet Peel Express treatment that deeply cleanses skin, and nourishes it with minerals and antioxidants.

For those with acne, a special acne peel is used to effectively dry up those zits while aiding with the healing process. Those with normal skin will be treated to a milder peel to reveal a brighter and more radiant complexion.

Raffles City Shopping Centre #B2-20/21 (S)179103, Tel: +65 6337 9598



Using custom-blended products for your unique skin type, Porcelain’s express lunchtime facial is designed for the busy, modern women.

The aptly named Cosmopolitan Pick Me Up Facial helps to rejuvenate the skin, plump it with moisture, stimulate cellular repair and collagen products in just 30-minutes.

The treatment finishes with a custom LED light therapy treatment to kill acne-causing bacteria, and even comes with a shoulder massage! Now that’s a productive use of your lunch hour.

15 Cantonment Road (S)089739, Tel: +65 6227 9802


Ikeda Spa

Escape the hustle and bustle of your office and head to Ikeda Spa, an oasis of calm and tranquility designed to look like a traditional Japanese ryokan for ultimate relaxation.

The Maiko Organic Facial uses wholesome, traditional Japanese ingredients to replicate facials geishas used in the Edo times (chidoriya), helping you to achieve the same flawless, porcelain complexion in just 60 minutes.

6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Clarke Quay Central #05-22 (S)059817, Tel: +65 6388 8080


Passage New York

The luxury spa was developed with the concerns of the busy, modern cosmopolitan woman in mind, and offers a soothing, relaxing treatment environment coupled with premium products for total rejuvenation.

We are digging their Gua Sha Facial Treatment, an hour-long facial that utilises the special TCM method of stimulation to encourage detoxification and cell renewal while improving blood circulation.

The spa even has a fashion atelier, featuring super chic handbags, accessories and apparel, if you feel inclined to do a little shopping after.

133 Cecil Street #01-01 Keck Seng Tower (S)069535, Tel: +65 6226 0888


Amber Beila

Catering specially for Asian women, Amber Beila offers a range of treatments and skincare products designed to work on Asian skin.

Their Derma Facelift facial in particular, helps to stimulate activation of tissue regeneration while detoxifying the skin using a unique combination of manual muscle lifting and lymphatic drainage.

This 60-minute facial stimulates the effects of a traditional facelift, but as it is non-surgical and painless, has absolutely no downtime. If you don’t have that much time to spare, they also offer a 30-minute rejuvenation Express Facial that caters to all skin types.

One Raffles Place #05-19A (S)048616, Tel: +65 6532 2668


Kew Organics

Offering the quickest facial on this list, the Sugar K Organic Peel by Kew Organics is formulated to help time-strapped city dwellers treat acne scars, unclog pores, minimise enlarged pores, control sebum production and deliver hydration in just 20 minutes.

You’ll be able to see visible results after just 1 session, thanks to the powerful actives in all their organic and natural ingredients.

OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way #01-28/31 (S)068815


The Clifford Clinic

Achieve softer, smoother and clearer skin instantly (30 minutes, to be precise) with Clifford Clinic’s Hydrafacial.

Designed to treat everything from fine lines and wrinkles to enlarged pores, poor skin tone, loss of elasticity and hyperpigmentation, this treatment was designed specially as a lunch time treatment.

5 simple steps (exfoliation, peel, extraction, hydration and protection) ensure you leave the spa with a glowing, radiant complexion, and overtime, will improve the appearance of your skin tone and texture.

24 Raffles Place, #01-03 Clifford Centre (S)048621, Tel: +65 6532 2400