Here at Expat Living, we’re always on the hunt for facial treatments that promise brighter, clearer skin. As facials aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution and our skin’s needs change through the years – from treating acne to extraction, pigmentation and anti-ageing – we put some of the best facials in Singapore (for different skin types) to the test. Read on for our reviews of six facial spas and beauty salons in Singapore.
The Facial Spa: Cold Therapy Facial (Cryotherapy)
Beauty Salon: Evoke Beauty
Up the stairs of one of the classic Duxton shophouses is a lovely light and Scandi-style salon split into two areas: facials and nails. I am there to try the Cryotherapy facial.
Cryotherapy (or cold therapy) involves exposing your face or any part of your body to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes. It stimulates the system and gets the blood flowing, which in turn helps the body heal itself.
Cryotherapy activates collagen production, heals broken capillaries, and helps to reduce pigmentation marks, dry skin and spots. For other areas of the body, it can reduce skin inflammations, alleviate muscle and joint pain, and even treat migraines. I’m a big fan of using cold therapy as a healing tool, so I was very excited to hear that this was now available in Singapore.
The facial cleanse and massage by Tanya was lovely. It was very relaxing and all the natural skincare products she used on me smelled really good. These are all pure, natural products tested and produced in Scandinavia. Formulated with no harmful chemicals, they’re also vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free. You can find the products at thenordicglow.com.
After this, the cold mask was placed on my face. There’s no real discomfort, until an area on the top of my forehead got “brain freeze”. Tanya was quick to remove it once it happened, but it was just the kick-start I needed. She then used another nozzle to blow the cold air on my neck and décolletage, which is much worse than my face as far as wrinkles go. That felt fairly pleasant, with no discomfort.
Now, a couple of days after the treatment, a dry patch on my cheek is looking a lot better – as is my neck and chest. My skin also seems softer. There are several options available. The cryotherapy part of the facial is quick and inexpensive – it takes only 15 minutes and costs just $45. I’m going to try and go on a regular basis. I reckon in a few years I can look 21 again!”
– Rebecca Bisset
The Facial Spa: Anti-pollution Skin Brightener
The Beauty Salon: Chez Moi De Beaute
“I’ve been a regular customer at beauty salon Chez Moi De Beaute for the past year or so, which says a lot, especially as I’m picky with facials due to my sensitive and acne-prone complexion. The location is convenient, the space is clean, and the therapists are experienced. What more do I need?
This purifying and brightening treatment is a 90-minute skin detox that’s suitable for all skin conditions. Think of it like a booster that does it all – whether your skin is dull from too much screen time, or feeling congested from the pollution.
The facial begins with a double cleanse, followed by a plasma skin shower to sterilise the skin and activate cells to absorb the potent skincare actives that follow. There’s also extraction, which was thankfully bearable, plus an oxygen jet peel to cleanse the pores while energising the skin cells. In between, I was treated to a heavenly neck and shoulder massage by my favourite therapist Nok, who also does amazing full-body massages. The pampering ends with the salon’s signature skin regeneration mask, a biocellulose fibre mask formulated with hyaluronic acid and stem cells for a complete skin regeneration.
Immediately after the facial, I walked out with clearer and visibly brighter skin with minimal redness. In fact, I felt confident enough to show up for a dinner in town without wearing a smidgen of makeup. I’m still enjoying the effects weeks after!”
– Anthia Chng
Enjoy the facial at a first trial price of $128 instead of $238! Simply quote “Expat Living” when you’re making a booking to redeem this offer.
The Treatment: Oxygeneo Facial Spa
The Beauty Salon: Sense De Belle
“Tucked among the tailors and costume shops of Far East Plaza, Sense de Belle is a warm, welcoming beauty salon with spa music and the sound of running water totally masking any noise from Scotts Road below.
Sherry promised a relaxing but effective facial, which I was a little dubious about. First step was a double cleanse, followed by 30-minute radiofrequency treatment, which was soothing and warming, like a massage for your face. Halfway through, I was shown a mirror and could definitely see a lifted difference in the deep fold from my nose to outer lip, as well as sagging jowl area. The heat contracts the collagen, which causes the immediate tightening effect, and then stimulates collagen regrowth over the following months.
Next came the use of Oxygeneo technology, where a special capsule was attached to the massaging tool to exfoliate the skin while infusing it with nutrients. It felt like little bubbles were being rubbed over my face. The extraction afterwards was nearly painless as there were only a few little whiteheads left.
Right after the treatment, my skin felt super soft, firm and plumped up. Just when I thought the days of having a calming facial were over for me, a two-hour session like this has proved me wrong. It was so relaxing and I could see the results! I will be doing this again.”
– Danielle Rossetti
Enjoy the treatment at a special trial price of $175 instead of $350! Simply quote “Expat Living” when booking the facial
The Facial Spa: Skin Balancing + Hydration Facial
The Beauty Salon: Trimmings Salon & Spa
Housed in a beautifully renovated black-andwhite, Trimmings is always a serene spot that’s perfect for some relaxing “me-time”. The spa uses amazing skin and body products from Karin Herzog, a world leader in oxygen skincare.
For this skin rebalancing treatment, I was first treated to a deep cleanse and exfoliation, plus a full review of my skin to assess its condition. I opted for dermabrasion, which turned out to be gentler than expected and left my skin feeling smoother than usual. I chose to have the optional extraction after a full oxy-detox steam to open my pores; my therapist was very gentle, which I appreciated. A skin peel followed, and then a vitamin A and vitamin H-infused product was applied for a pressure-point face massage. The session rounded up with a relaxing eye mask, a gold face mask and a much-needed shoulder and upper body massage.
This soothing and healing facial took care of all my needs by restoring my skin and countering any imbalance caused by stress, ageing and pollution. The best part? There’s no downtime! I was able to apply my makeup right after, leaving with a glowing and clear base. I even went home with a free product for post-facial care – score!
– Jacqui Young
Through March, enjoy a free upgrade to 75 minutes when you book this 60-minute facial ($145). You’ll also receive a free home-care product (worth $112) to extend the effects!
The Treatment: Diamond Black Magnelight Facial Spa
The Beauty Salon: Spa Infinity And Elements Wellness (Five Outlets Island-wide)
“I’m a firm believer that a successful facial isn’t only down to the efficacy of the treatment, but the details that add to the enjoyment of the overall experience. Everything from location and seamless customer service to background music and fresh linen all ticked a box on my pampering checklist at Spa Infinity – and that’s the very reason why I’ve been a returning customer for many years.
Trialling the salon’s Diamond Black Magnelight Facial was a first for me, however. Clogged pores and a dull complexion have been two of my main concerns lately. My skin was looking unusually tired and congested, so I decided to step out of my usual routine and put the detoxifying qualities of magnetised skincare to the test.
The 75-minute treatment began with the usual thorough skin prep – a milk cleanser, light exfoliation and gentle extraction. From there, a quick diamond peel helped to remove dead skin cells and prepare my pores for the magnetic mask. Applied for 10 minutes, then subsequently removed with a magnetic rod, this Dead Sea mask is full of ionised minerals that draw out impurities, as well as a blend of peptides, natural oils, vitamins and antioxidants that brighten and clarify the skin. As my skin underwent this deep detox, my back and décolletage were massaged into ultimate relaxation.
I confidently walked out of Spa Infinity sans makeup, and feeling radiant, plump and hydrated. I was armed not only with silky smooth skin but also with helpful tips from my therapist on how to maximise my own skincare routine at home.”
– Leanda Rathmell
Spa Infinity and sister outlet Elements Wellness are offering Expat Living readers a first trial offer of $106 (worth $514) for this facial. To book, visit offers.elements.com.sg/eldiamond-magnelight.
The Treatment: Bespoke Facial Treatment
The Beauty Salon: The Face Place
This was my second visit to The Face Place, a hidden gem in the city with photogenic views of Clarke Quay from every corner of the loft. The boutique beauty salon and spa promises a private, bespoke experience in a prime location just steps away from the MRT station. The therapists specialise in face shiatsu massage, which stimulates the lymph nodes and meridians on the face, head, neck and shoulders.
The 110-minute Bespoke Facial Treatment is great if you have the time, as it’s tailored to your skin condition and needs. Founder Sandy was my therapist for the day; she was friendly and affable as soon as I stepped in, offering me a cup of delicious tea (handpicked by her) to get my mind in the right zone. Once the facial began, her magical hands got into action and she was all work, no talk – a big contrast to most other salons that would typically comment on my acne-prone skin or strike up a conversation midtreatment. I truly appreciated Sandy’s professionalism.
The intensive facial involves a series of steps including double cleanse, exfoliation, steaming, extraction and high-frequency treatment to eliminate bacteria. Sandy also did some multi-masking; on my nose and chin she used a potent kaolin clay mask with camphor to absorb gunk and control oil production, while on the rest of my face she used a hydrating butter masque and red LED light for my pigmentation.
This was followed by an indulgent facial massage with a delicious smelling concoction of rosehip, geranium, grapeseed and raspberry seed oils, which fight ageing signs without clogging the pores. It was my favourite part of the whole process, as she also used a guasha tool with bojin techniques on my face contours to treat tension and water retention. The massage felt absolutely divine – I was fighting to stay awake as I wanted to enjoy it all!
After a soothing peppermint masque, an oxyjet treatment was used to infuse a cooling hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serum into the skin for hydrating and brightening effects. An application of serum, moisturiser and sunscreen concluded the extensive session. Oh, and did I mention the neck and arm massage done with a rejuvenating lemongrass oil? Nothing was left out; I was utterly spoilt!
It’s safe to say that this facial has become one of my favourites. On top of the brightening and hydrating effects, I’ve definitely noticed my jawline looking slightly sharper as well. My tensed cheeks and forehead do feel more relaxed, too, thanks to the powerful hands of Sandy.
– Anthia Chng
The Face Place offers flexible packages without expiry. For three 110-minute facials of your choice, it’s $600 (instead of $840). If you can’t spare two hours, there’s also a 70-minute option, which costs $130 per facial.
This article first appeared in the March 2021 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!