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A pampering session amidst stressful wedding prep is always a good idea.
There are few things more pampering and shiok than a good facial, especially after all the stress of prepping for you big day. You get to kick back and relax for a solid one or two hours while your therapist works her magic on your face. Here’s our edit of the latest hydrating, anti-ageing and brightening facials we’ve tried – so you know where to put your money when you’re itching for a spa day. Yakson specialises in golki therapy, which is a deep bone massage that helps to remodel your face through the stimulation of bones and subsequent promotion of blood circulation in the body. They’ve recently expanded their range of services to include Yakson Skin Facial Treatments which similarly focus on promoting blood circulation and expelling toxins and impurities from the skin. After cleansing, your therapist will use a machine to get a detailed scan of your face so that she can recommend the best treatment option for you. The facials are performed with EOS Beaute products which are exclusively formulated in Korea by the founder and CEO of Yakson. Great for: Puffy, congested skin. During the facial, your therapist will perform a deep-pressure massage on your face to stimulate muscle tissue repair and aid in lymphatic drainage. Not going to lie – this process hurts, but the results will be immediate and obvious. For instance, if one side of your face is bigger than the other through overuse (say, if you have a habit of only chewing on one side), you’ll notice that your face ends up looking more symmetrical by the end of the session. The best part: The massages. Even though they hurt, they’re quite possibly the most effective facial massages you’ll ever get. Your face will look visibly slimmer and more lifted by the end of the treatment. The therapists are incredibly skilled as well – they are able to identify any imbalances in your face and offer tailored skincare advice during the session. Price: $198 for 90 min For more info: www.yakson.com.sg No time for a facial? Well, you just need 30 minutes for this one. Inspired by quick-service blow-out bars overseas, this express spa offers a quickie facial that includes deep cleansing and exfoliation with the help of a suction machine. Great for: Clogged skin. The suction machine is pretty powerful and will help to remove blackheads and oil clogs painlessly and effectively. The best part: You can zip in and out of this express facial in 30 minutes or under, so it’s perfect if you want to pamper yourself during lunchtime. Price: $90 for 30 min. You can also add on booster treatments like masks or serums ($40-70 each) if you have more time. For more info: irensk.in/FSBshape (Also Read: 20 Best Skincare Products to Unclog And Minimise Pores) ART by Verita is a new medispa that specialises in aesthetic treatments. Their latest range of cryotherapy facials are designed to allow active ingredients to penetrate into the deeper layers of skin for better efficacy. Great for: Sun-exposed skin. The cold will help soothe inflammation, plus the serums used during the treatment will deeply hydrate and nourish skin with its mix of pro-vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid. The best part: Expect this facial to feel thoroughly refreshing. The cryotherapy treatment also helps to firm and plump the skin so that your complexion looks more lifted after. Price: $198 for 60min For more info: Call 6732-0836 See also: 6 BLURRING PRIMERS FOR LOOKING FLAWLESS IN EVERY WEDDING PHOTO The THREE Rhythm Spa adopts a holistic approach when it comes to caring for your skin, mind and body. Only carefully selected organic essential oils and Japanese-sourced botanical ingredients are used in the treatments. The spa cabin is also conveniently located at Tangs at Tang Plaza so you can pop in for a lunchtime wind-down if you please. Great for: Stressed skin. THREE’s Balancing Facial treatment is perfect for all skin types and focuses on hydrating and nourishing skin with a blend of frankincense and bergamot oils. You’ll feel like you’re getting a facial and a calming aromatherapy session in one. The best part: The massages using the brand’s Conditioning SQ Oil. This aromatic blend – coupled with the therapist’s steady strokes – will put you fast to sleep. You’ll wake up with a firmer complexion and decollete, plus less tension in your neck and shoulders. Price: $160 for 60min For more info: www.facebook.com/THREESingapore The revamped BioClassica line is the star of this treatment and was developed with an organic and vegan focus. All the products used in this treatment are free from mineral oils, silicones, parabens, palm oil and animal ingredients. Great for: Dehydrated skin. Dr.Belter’s range combines the efficacy of botanical extracts with science to deeply nourish skin and strengthen its natural barrier function to prevent water loss. In just one session, skin became noticeably brighter and more hydrated. Fine lines looked less obvious as well. The best part: You get the best of both worlds with the dual massages in this treatment. The silk scarf ritual is thoroughly relaxing while the aventurine gemstone acupressure massage is an invigorating session that’s guaranteed to perk you up. Price: $238 for 90min For more info: www.facebook.com/drbeltersg See also: 10 GENTLE, BRIGHTENING FACIAL PEELS FOR BRIDES WITH SENSITIVE SKIN DrGL DrSpa Clean & Polish Reveal a brighter, clearer complexion with this deep-cleansing and exfoliating facial. The procedure is meant to improve the appearance of fine lines, even out patchy skin and reduce the occurrence of breakouts. Great for: Acne-prone skin. Say goodbye to gunk, excess oil and dead skin cells with this non-invasive peel treatment. This treatment is exclusively available at the DrSpa outlet at Tangs at Tang Plaza. The best part: The meticulous extraction process. Not going to lie – this is likely going to hurt, but you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing your pores will be thoroughly unclogged. Though my skin is thin and sensitive, I only experienced minimal redness after. Price: $180 for 90min For more info: www.drgl.com See also: BE ACNE-FREE FOR YOUR WEDDING! 5 SKINCARE INGREDIENTS BRIDES SHOULD KNOW This firming facial aims to balance the body’s yin and yang for a youthful complexion using the brand’s anti-ageing line of products. Great for: Dull skin. Ginseng is the key active ingredient in the range and is revered for its rejuvenating properties. During the facial, you’ll also be treated to a spa-exclusive moisturising ampoule to give skin added radiance. The best part: Feel like royalty as two special jade rings are used to massage your face. In traditional Korean culture, jade is linked to values like nobility and purity, and is said to promote a stable body and mind. This massage also helps to stimulate blood circulation for healthy skin, and is said to be able to slow skin ageing and lift facial muscles for that coveted V-shaped jawline. (Plus, see this latest K-beauty trend that's perfect for brides) Price: $260 for 80min For more info: www.sulwhasoo.com/sg/en This unique facial uses a high-powered Near Infrared (NIR) lamp to emit light waves that heat tissue deep underneath the skin’s surface. When that happens, the production of collagen and elastin is stimulated, resulting in lifted and firmer skin. Your skin will feel warm because of the NIR beams, but rest assured that the process is comfortable and painless. Great for: Saggy skin. We naturally lose collagen and elastin as we age, so this treatment is perfect for you if you already notice the first visible signs of ageing. The best part: Immediate results and zero downtime. After the treatment, the skin around the cheeks and jawline looked tighter, and the effects lasted for days. Pores and fine lines appeared less obvious too. To reap the full benefits of this treatment, it is recommended that you do six sessions two to four weeks apart, with yearly follow-ups. Price: $350 for 75min For more info: www.spa-esprit.com (Also Read: How Essential Oils Can Make a Difference During Yoga) The famed Red Door Spa is now in Singapore! Five of the Elizabeth Arden New York Extravaganza Facials are being offered exclusively at the Elizabeth Arden boutique in Ion Orchard, and they’re every bit as pampering as they claim to be. Great for: Tired skin. The ceramide range helps to smooth lines, firm skin and enhance its ability to retain moisture. Two masks are layered on during this treatment to soothe and hydrate skin while given it a lift. The best part: No one knows your skin better than you, and it’s nice that you can tweak the facials to suit your needs here. Personalise your experience by talking to your therapist beforehand to add on a customisable top-up like a diamond peel microdermabrasion (+$90) or Oxygen Beauty Blast (+$35) to infuse skin with minerals, oxygen and hyaluronic acid. Price: $150 for 75min For more info: www.elizabetharden.sg See also: ERASE DARK CIRCLES AND EYEBAGS! 4 SERUMS FOR REJUVENATED PEEPERS The Ritz-Carlton Spa has partnered with the famous skincare brand to offer luxurious facial treatments. At the top of the list is the La Mer Miracle Broth facial, which will restore balance to your skin. Only La Mer products are used in the treatment, including a special spa-exclusive blend of the brand’s highly potent Miracle Broth – essentially a nourishing blend of sea kelp, vitamins and minerals. Great for: Fatigued skin. Environmental aggressors like air pollution and blue light from electronic devices contribute to poor skin health. So if your complexion is dry, sallow and rough due to these factors, then this facial will fix everything. You’ll walk out of the spa looking nothing short of radiant. The best part: The facial massage using the brand’s The Moisturizing Soft Cream to boost microcirculation. The techniques used by the therapist are very effective. Expect to see visibly lifted and glowing skin afterwards. Price: $480 for 90min For more info: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/singapore/spa This story was originally published in Shape Singapore. See also: 4 TIME-SAVING OVERNIGHT MASKS THAT ARE GREAT FOR BUSY BRIDES!