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Beauty 101: Best facials according to skin type in Singapore

Beauty 101: Best facials according to skin type in Singapore 

Aside from the daily cleansing, toning and moisturising routine that I’m sure we all stick to religiously (ahem…), most of us need a little help when it comes to having clear and radiant skin. And while facials are a great pampering treat, sometimes it’s hard to choose between the variety of salons and treatments in Singapore. Facials are designed to suit different skin types (consult your dermatologist if you’re unsure of yours) – whether you are dehydrated, tired, suffering from pigmentation or prone to the odd breakout or two. And when you go along for your session, the salons can often narrow the treatments down even further to work for you. So to give you a helping hand when it comes to booking the perfect spa, the best products and the top treatments, we’ve created this handy (and most importantly tried and tested) guide according to skin type.

AGEING SKIN

The Ultimate Caviar Facial Treatment

Good for: Mature skin that’s crying out for hydration.

Facial Ritual: Besides Kerstin Florian Caviar products, this treatment also uses Caviar Cell Vitale treatment ampoule to increase the moisture content of the skin. Steps include glycolic exfoliation, a contour lifting face massage and the application of a protein-rich marine energy sheet.

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: $245

Willow Stream Spa, The Fairmont Hotel

6431 5600 | willowstream.com

Gua Sha Face Therapy

Good for: Women over 30 who need a little lifting and firming.

Facial Ritual: The facial begins with cleansing and microdermabrasion, followed by a massage with a smooth gua sha board made of water buffalo horn. The horn is used in sweeping movements (the gua sha technique) to promote blood circulation and cell regeneration to lift and firm the face. It ends with a soothing face mask. Ahh.

Duration: Two hours

Cost: $128

Geranium Skin Boutique, #04-67 The Central

6225 5672

SENSITIVE AND STRESSED SKIN

Strengthening and soothing facial

Good for: For weakened, sensitive skin as a result of harsh weather conditions.

Facial Ritual: This facial reinforces the skin barrier while strengthening, calming and soothing. It includes a lymphatic drainage massage to help decongest and detoxify, using products by Decléor – a French line made of essential oils and plant extracts. Expect deep cleansing, exfoliating, extracting, toning and moisturising.

Duration: 75 minutes

Cost: $150

Trimmings

75e Loewen Road, Tanglin Village  

6471 1922 | loewenspa.com.sg

Brilliance Facial Treatment

Good for: Women of all ages with dehydrated skin due to tiredness, stress or other factors.

Facial Ritual: This facial treatment employs ultrasonic technology to deeply cleanse, eliminate clogged pores and stimulate skin regeneration. It is complimented by the use of C Pla Gel, a combination of vitamin C and placenta extractsm and followed by a 20 minute facial massage. It ends with a custard mask.

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: $228

Face Bistro

25C Lorong Liput, Holland Village

6462 4988 | facebistro.com

DULL SKIN

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Exfoliant Treatment

Good for: Designed to treat environmentally damaged skin. Most effective on dehydrated and sun-damaged skin.

Facial Ritual: The facial begins with a cool cleanser (milky or gel) and is followed by a multivitamin mask and a double mask. This treatment is also aimed to help lighten pigmentation.

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: $150

The Tamarind Spa, 118 Upper Bukit Timah Road

6469 7618 | thetamarindspa.com

Diamond Dermabrasion & Vitamin C treatment

Good for: Anyone with skin that is dull, sensitive and dry, with clogged pores and blackheads.

Facial Ritual: After a cleansing treatment, an oxygen face cream is applied to balance the PH of the skin and softens the blackheads. This is followed by extraction and diamond dermabrasion to vacuum off dead skin cells. A massage with Vita-A-Kombi facial ampoule is applied, with the session ending in an Essential Oxygen mask and Vita-a-apricot cream.

Duration: 75 minutes

Cost: $145

Spa@Loewen, 75E Loewen Road

6471 1922 | loewenspa.com.sg

Deep Cleansing facial

Good for: Those with problem skin that is a bit sluggish and prone to break outs

Facial ritual: A unique massage technique that stimulates circulation to promote deep cleansing and healing is used, along with cleansing, a clay peel, exfoliation and extraction. This is followed by a 10-minute face massage with aloe vera gel, and then a 15-minute deep-cleansing face mask.

Duration: 75 minutes  

Cost: $119

The Body Firm

402 Orchard Road, #04-20 Delfi Orchard, 238876 Singapore

6838 0331 | www.thebodyfirm.com.sg

PIGMENTED SKIN

Carbon Laser Toning

Good for: Those with sun-damaged, pigmented and ageing skin.

Facial Ritual: This snazzy treatment starts with a computer skin analysis. Then it moves onto a combo of carbon cream and laser treatments. There are three laser treatments – the first to stimulate collagen, the second to penetrate and tighten the pores and the last to reduce pigmentation.

Duration:

Cost: $400

Amaris B Clinic, 140 Arab Street

65364211 | amaris-b.com

Hydradermie Double Ionisation

Good for: Treating pigmentation, dehydration and fine lines.

Facial Ritual: They use Guinot’s lightening serum gel with Vitamin C and Clariskin, to reduce the synthesis of melanin, dehydration and fine lines. Guinot’s hydrating serum is applied for cellular renewal, firming and toning. This facial also uses a combination of cleansers, fruit acid exfoliators, light serum gels, massage techniques, steaming, extraction and the hydradermie machine.

Duration: 105 minutes

Cost: $200

Sylvia’s Secrets

100 Turf Club Road, #01-02C Horsecity

6465 5338 | sylviassecrets.sg

COMBINATION SKIN

Balancing Facial with ampoule

Good for: Those with combination skin troubles who are caught in an endless cycle of using oil-stripping astringents to prevent spots, followed by heavy moisturisers to prevent wrinkles.

Facial Ritual: A re-balancing treatment that involves deep cleansing and purifying to clarify problem skin. The T-zone is treated separately with different products followed by an extraction. It’s a facial, massage and therapy session all rolled into one treatment.

Duration: 120-minute

Cost: $138

Visage

402 Orchard Road, #02-12/14 Delfi Orchard

6733 0933 | visage.com.sg

Hyalurone Hydrating Moisture Facial

Good for: Recommended for normal and combination skin that is exposed to agents of premature aging and dryness (like UV rays, air conditioners and the outdoors in general).

Facial ritual: Several types of serums are applied, including Hyalurone Hydrating Moisture, watercress extract and Skinperfectsphere Hyaloadvance serum for the extraction of dead cells. This is followed by the application of a USP device and hydrating facemask that is enriched with Propolis. The treatment ends with a hydrating facemask.

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: $148

Face Bistro

25C Lorong Liput, Holland Village

6462 4988 | facebistro.com

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