Having a massage or a facial is a great way of introducing some me-time into your busy schedule. From aromatherapy massages and relaxing slimming treatments to anti-ageing facials, we’ve had a wonderful month reviewing some of Singapore’s top beauty treatments, and now it’s your turn. Go on – spoil yourself!
IYAC Aesthetic Clinic
What I had:
Accent Prime (price varies)
IYAC Aesthetic Clinic has been at Camden for as long as I can remember and it’s always a welcoming environment. Accent Prime is an FDA-approved, clinically-proven treatment that uses hot and cold ultrasound and radio frequency. The main aim is to smoothen the skin, whether it’s to reduce cellulite or firm up loose skin and wrinkles. It doesn’t claim to help with weight loss, but it definitely breaks down the lumps and bumps. The fat deposits are broken down and released out of the system, which improves the body’s ability to metabolise released fat, as well as stimulate new collagen production that tightens and smoothens the overlying skin.
I’m first weighed, measured and assessed, and I’m told that my water intake is way too low, which affects energy levels and doesn’t help with the cellulite. I do know that when I’m at work I can forget to drink regularly.
The treatment is not a quick fix – they suggest 10 sessions to really “iron out” the issues. Each session takes about an hour, but the treatment itself is around 30 minutes. There’s no pain or downtime either; it’s just a slightly cold applicator and then a warm wand over the area. You can use it on a few areas, even on your upper arms and inner thighs, but my main problem area is my stomach so we focused on that.
– Rebecca Bisset
What I had:
Erase & Raise anti-ageing facial with hyaluronic acid ($188, 75 minutes) and eyebrow wax and tint ($44, 20 minutes)
Trimmings has long been a favourite of locals and internationals alike. Having visited the hair salon on Loewen Road previously, I was looking forward to my spa experience there too!
After being shown to the delicious smelling spa area, adjacent to the main salon, I was greeted by my therapist Celeste. After we walked through to the small but impeccably clean treatment room, we discussed my skin and what I was looking for. Celeste showed me the Karin Herzog oxygenating skincare range that she was going to use – perfect for my pigmentation and ageing skin concerns.
Okay, so, I have to admit I’m not totally sure of the exact products she used, nor the order she used them in, as I may have fallen asleep. But that’s testament to how truly relaxing the experience was and how soothing the facial was!
I walked out of the spa makeup free, with perfect eyebrows and lustrous skin, feeling incredibly serene and relaxed. I even had a friend tell me the next day that my skin was glowing!
– Kel Flanders
What I had:
Personalised massage ($165, 60 minutes) and C2 signature facial ($300, 60 minutes)
Strategically tucked in a quiet end on the fifth floor of Grand Hyatt Singapore, Damai Spa offers a much-needed respite to city dwellers. The luxurious spa hosts 11 spacious treatment rooms, including a couple’s room. All rooms have an en-suite toilet with shower facilities and a heated toilet bowl. (I’d underestimated how comfortable this was!)
You’re recommended to arrive a few hours before your appointment to check out the spa. I headed straight to the outdoor pool – open to both hotel and spa guests – for a quick dip and tan. It felt like I’d left the city for a bit! Don’t forget to take full advantage of the facilities within the spa, too; I really enjoyed the jacuzzi and cold pool.
After a consultation and sensory test to determine my aromatherapy blend, we started with a foot wash and scrub to set the mood. Damai has recently launched four new Signature Blends to target different problems. My chosen scent is “Healing”: a cajeput, clove and rosemary blend for soothing tired muscles. Want something more relaxing? Opt for a light massage pressure and “Calm”, a patchouli, lavender and ylang ylang blend. The massage was one of the best I’ve ever had. I dozed off for the most part, and woke up completely rejuvenated. Best feeling ever! Request for my massage therapist Nina – she has magical hands!
Botanically-based brand Kerstin Florian is used for the facials here. Although the C2 signature facial is meant for anti-ageing, my therapist swapped out certain products to cater to my sensitive and combination type skin. A couple of rounds of facial massages and a decadent caviar mask later, my visage is visibly glowy and lifted.
– Anthia Chng
Heavenly Spa by Westin
What I had:
Heavenly massage ($160, 60 minutes)
Eager to unwind even before my massage, I arrived early to use the facilities at Heavenly Spa by Westin, including the aromatherapy steam room and a tranquil whirlpool, which overlooks the CBD.
As the spa’s signature massage treatment, the Heavenly Massage is beloved for its refreshing, anti-ageing and anti-oxidant properties, thanks to the white tea oil used throughout. It all began with a quick footbath, where my feet were exfoliated with sea salt and cinnamon (a delicious smelling start!) before I climbed onto the massage bed. Once I was face down, my therapist placed a heated compress on my back to allow the muscles to relax. If you like Swedish massages, you’ll love this relaxing treatment. It was pure bliss! Sip on some ginger tea and snack on some nuts while reading magazines in the post-treatment relaxation lounge. Each chair is in its own private pod, with a front row view of the city from 35 floors up – a nice way to end the entire experience.
– Amy Greenburg
Extend the pampering with the Weekend Renewal Package (from $529), which includes a one-night stay at The Westin Singapore, breakfast for two at Seasonal Tastes and two 60-minute Heavenly massages, as well as $50 spa credit for your next visit. Call 6922 6888 or email reservations.singapore@ westin.com to make a booking!
What I had:
Magnetic Muscle Sculpting (price varies)
SW1’s latest non-invasive toning treatment uses functional magnetic stimulation to improve muscle definition. It’s probably the most unusual pummelling I have had! You don’t have to undress for the treatment and there’s no downtime; all you have to do is sit and let the device pound away for 15 minutes.
It starts off quite gently – a band of vibration on the lower back, and as the strength gradually increases you feel it all around the sides and through the core. While it’s particularly good for lower back injuries, it also tightens the stomach muscles. As that subsides, another vibration targets just above the coccyx, which is a particularly odd sensation. This helps to lift the pelvic floor and is perfect for post-childbirth muscle laxity.
As part of a package it’s $160 a session – a little steep but it seems to work. As I lay in bed that night, I felt my whole abdomen area was firmer!
– Rebecca Bisset
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