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 facial spas and beauty salons in Singapore for you to try.
The Facial Spa: Anti-pollution Skin Brightener
The Beauty Salon: Chez Moi De Beaute Review
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: Essence Facial
YouTime Facial Retreat Beauty Salon
This was one facial that I didn’t want to end. The calmness of it all plus the amazing smells of the products and aromatherapy oils was just perfect.
The lofty studio is beautifully done in neutral tones with a cool view of Robinson Road – who knew it had amazing palm trees? Owner Keiko starts the 90-minute session by giving me a lovely warm foot bath. We chat about my skin, and she asks about any issues that I have.
The cleanse, exfoliation and extraction is gentle and all feels lovely – she carefully selects a suitable exfoliation according to your skin. This is followed by the Iontophoresis treatment, which uses gentle electric currents to allow the vitamin C serum to penetrate deeper. It all helps towards clearer skin, while also plumping it up.
As an internationally-certified aesthetician, Keiko values natural beauty therapy. Massage is crucial in the effectiveness of her treatments; it helps the pure plant essences to penetrate and improve circulation. My massage used organic rosehip oil and it was so relaxing and releasing, especially on the jawline and hairline, which tend to be tightened due to our lifestyle and stress.
An enriched seaweed serum and anti-ageing herbal mask are then applied under a hot gypsum mask. The serum and herbal mask help repair skin and increase collagen production, and the self-heating gypsum mask helps the skin to absorb all the goodness. While these are all doing their job, Keiko massages my neck, shoulders and decolletage, using pure essential oils that I get to choose.
In the end, my skins feels plumped and renewed, as does my spirit! Just heavenly!
This is a perfect option for men and women working in the CBD, and YouTime is open from 8am to 8pm to accommodate working hours.
– Rebecca Bisset
The 90-minute Essence Facial is now available for $145 (usually $160) for those who quote “Expat Living” when booking.
The Treatment: Oxygeneo Facial Spa
The Beauty Salon: Sense De Belle Review
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 Review
Housed in a beautifully renovated black-and-white, 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
The pampering facial includes dermabrasion to exfoliate dead skin cells, an oxy-detox steam, extractions, an eye, neck and décolleté treatment and mask, an expert facial mask, active boosters and home-care products (worth $165) for you to take home to maximise the results. It’s an intensive repair facial that focuses on building stronger and healthier skin by restructuring the basal layer for denser collagen formation, using nourishing ingredients like oxygen, hyaluronic acid and vitamins. The immediate effects? A clearer and more radiant base with significantly fewer blackheads, in addition to a relaxed state of mind.
As the flagship store for Karin Herzog, Trimmings stocks a wide range of the brand’s skincare products, which are all paraben-free, cruelty-free and hypoallergenic. Shop at the salon or online at trimmings.com.sg/karin-herzog.
The Treatment: Diamond Black Magnelight Facial Spa
The Beauty Salon: Spa Infinity And Elements Wellness Review (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 Facial Spa: Bespoke Facial Treatment
The Face Place Beauty Salon Review
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 mid-treatment. 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.
The Facial Spa: Cold Therapy Facial (Cryotherapy)
Evoke Beauty Salon Review
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
We’d also like to introduce you these facial spas, beauty treatments and facials in Singapore that will get you ready for a new year!
The treatment: Halotherapy Customised Facial
Pablo Blau Medi-Spa
Located in the heart of the city, Pablo Blau is a luxurious medi-spa that combines halotherapy with a line-up of indulgent facials. Also known as salt therapy, halotherapy is an alternative wellness treatment that involves breathing in saltladen air for detox purposes. It’s said that minerals from the salt naturally draw out impurities from the body, thus improving respiratory conditions like asthma, as well as skin-related issues like eczema. For those without such concerns, salt therapy works well as an overall health boost.
For an all-rounded approach to rejuvenation, the 60-minute Halotherapy Customised Facial is our top pick. Tailored to your specific skin concerns, the facial is done in one of the Signature Salt Rooms, which feature walls plastered with pharmaceuticalgrade dry salt crystals from Europe.
Pablo Blau uses upscale skincare products, chosen based on each customer’s skin type. The customised facial involves a series of steps, which include double cleansing, exfoliation, a few heavenly rounds of face and neck massages, and a hydrating mask for an extra glow.
Special offer! Try the facial at a special price of $59 (worth up to $390)! In addition to this offer, the first 30 customers will get a complimentary Halotherapy Customised Eye Treatment worth $180. Sign up at pabloblau.com/expat2021.
The facial treatment: Hydrafacial
Bio Aesthetic Medispa
Treat yourself to a Hydrafacial, a medical grade, machine-based facial that promises to remove the gunk and congestion, while hydrating the skin. Also known as the Hydrapeel, the noninvasive facial uses hydradermabrasion (an upgraded form of microdermabrasion) to exfoliate dead skin cells, remove excess sebum and deeply cleanse the skin, resulting in a clearer and more radiant complexion without downtime.
Compared to microdermabrasion, which uses an abrasive diamond to “sand off” the surface layers of your skin, Hydrafacial is gentler and more suitable for those with sensitive skin as it uses a vacuum suction tip. The nifty device employs micro-absorption technology to remove stubborn impurities and unclog pores, while filling the skin cell membrane with vital nutrients like antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid.
It’s also described as painless and comfortable, and takes up only an hour of your day, making it the perfect lunchtime facial for working professionals. On top of that, it’s suitable for everyone, especially if you have skin concerns like dry and dehydrated skin, oily and congested skin, blackheads or enlarged pores.
The facial treatment: Thermage FLX
SW1 Clinic Medical Spa
This non-invasive treatment uses radiofrequency (RF) energy that penetrates deep into the skin, stimulating collagen production. Offered at SW1 Clinic, the FDA-approved Thermage FLX produces greater and more homogenous skin tightening effects than its predecessor.
During a session, which can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, the doctor will deliver patented monopolar radiofrequency energy using a ThermaCool device. Using a new Comfort Pulsed Technology (CPT) system, RF energy is released in short rapid pulses; paired with the vibrating handpiece, it makes for a more comfortable treatment. When the tip of the device touches the skin, it uniformly heats up a large volume of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin, while cooling the outer layer. This causes deep structures in the skin to tighten immediately, and without any downtime. As a result, new collagen forms over time.
With consistent treatments, you’ll find that wrinkles are smoothened, loose skin is tightened and firmed up, and skin texture is improved gradually over a three-to-six-month period.
The treatment: PICO Clear Skin Laser
Amaris B. Clinic Aesthetic Clinic
A signature treatment at Amaris B. Clinic, PICO Clear Skin Laser is an FDA-approved picosecond laser procedure that helps with stubborn post-acne marks and pigmentation spots. The 450-picosecond pulse is an upgrade from the previous version; its greater power and shorter pulses give safer, quicker treatments with less downtime.
After a consultation with Medical Director Dr Ivan Puah, your face will be cleansed. Numbing cream will then be applied and left on for 30 minutes. For the treatment of acne scars and enlarged pores, the laser penetrates deeper into the skin to deliver pulses that cause tiny globules of air. You may feel a slight stinging effect akin to ant bites, but most patients report that the discomfort is minimal. You may also walk out with redness on your face (especially if you have sensitive skin), which should subside within two days. During recovery, collagen fills up the bubbles and raises indentations caused by the scars, resulting in a visibly smoother appearance after a series of sessions.
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