On entering the warm and inviting Le Petit Spa, I am impressed by the little touches of comfort. Sweet wall decals declare ‘You’re our guest, make yourself at home’, and I am ushered to a chair and presented with a cup of warm ginger tea and some slippers. I am here to experience the SharpLight Glow Facial, and my therapist, salon owner Laura Kee, explains the immediate results I can expect:
- a reduction of lines and wrinkles (even along my neck)
- firmer, plumper skin
- greater definition in my cheekbones and reduced smile lines
- tightening of folds and lax skin (goodbye turkey neck and saggy elephant cheeks!)
- reduction of open pores
- glowing, younger-looking skin
All this sounded amazing, but I was concerned about how we could achieve all of that in a 45-minute facial without any invasive treatment. I didn’t want any needles or chemical enhancers. I also had a dinner date that evening, so I didn’t want to leave all red and puffy, or to be in pain! No downtime was a must. So, how was Laura going to achieve all these fabulous-sounding results in only 45 minutes? This is where the technology really impressed me.
The SharpLight Glow Facial is essentially the ‘photocoagulation of soft tissues’. Using a hand-held wand, the machine administers infrared light to heat different layers of the skin, which initiates formation of new collagen and a controlled tightening of the tissues for firmer, plumper skin. It is not painful; the tip of the wand actually feels cold to the touch, and is moved gently over the lower face and neck to stimulate the response.
I could actually feel my skin firming during the facial. It wasn’t at all uncomfortable, just like having a cold compress against your cheek. Laura concentrated on the wrinkles in my neck, my smile lines, and the areas under my cheekbones to tighten and smooth the skin and give my face sharper definition.
The SharpLight Glow Facial also includes a rejuvenating cleanse, exfoliation and mask. Laura also introduced me to the ‘Refa Carat Eye Contour Treatment’, an addition that complemented the SharpLight facial as it enhanced my eye area – the reduction in my fine lines was instant! (Laura will include this treatment for all Expat Living readers – see the special deal below!)
The overall results of the SharpLight Glow Facial are immediate and obvious. The lines in my neck appeared shallower and much less prominent. My cheeks looked tighter, plumper and were definitely more defined. There was no redness, and the pigmentation was reduced so my skin looked brighter. Best of all, unlike a regular facial, there was no oily residue on my face or in my hair. As I wanted that glowy look to stay with me all evening, I chose not to reapply my make-up and headed straight out to dinner.
So, how long would these impressive benefits last? With this single treatment, I can expect to feel firmer and contoured for at least two weeks. Laura recommends a series of at least three treatments for longer-lasting results. I’ll definitely be booking in again!
You can enjoy the SharpLight Glow Facial at the special price of just $88 for first time customers, U.P. $280.
Mention Expat Living when booking for the added bonus of a complimentary Refa Eye Treatment, worth $68!
Le Petit Spa, #02-01/04 Tudor Court Shopping Gallery, 45 Tanglin Road.
6733 7117 | lepetitspa.com.sg
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Indocafé – The White House
35 Scotts Road
6733 2656 | thehouseofindocafe.com
Did you know that buah keluak, the black nut frequently featured in Peranakan dishes, was poisonous? Neither did we. The nuts of the wild keluak tree, which is native to Southeast Asia, are first boiled, then buried in ash and banana leaves and left to ferment for 40 days to expel their poison.
It doesn’t stop there. To prepare Indocafé’s signature ayam buah keluak ($24), the chef has to crack a small opening in each nutshell, mix shredded chicken with the black paste it contains, and stuff it all back in before braising it with chicken. The result? A divinely nutty, thick gravy with fall-off-the-bone chicken.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Indocafé, the latest Peranakan restaurant to pop up on our radar, boasts an extensive list of Nyonya dishes – a mishmash cuisine with Chinese, Indonesian and Malay influences – and drinks ranging from wine to the famous kopi luwak ($48). Ask chief sommelier Danny Chan for wine-pairing suggestions .
The kid in you will have fun assembling your own kueh pie tee ($10) by scooping the shredded turnip filling into pastry cups and topping it with homemade chilli sauce.
For us, the silver pomfret seafood pangang ($40), lightly grilled to seal in its freshness and served with barbecue sauce and mango sambal salsa, was the star of the night. The juicy tiger prawns seafood assam nanas pedas ($32) in spicy pineapple gravy deserves a mention too.
In true Peranakan style, spices are plentiful, so we chose a refreshing passion fruit mojito cooler ($12) and a chendol panna cotta ($12) – coconut pudding and red beans with gula melaka on the side.
Adjacent to it is a casual café that serves coffee and snacks and has a daily cultural performance at 3.30pm.
Must-try dish: Ayam buah kelauk, if you’re a Peranakan first-timer