Time to Un­wind

Mother of two and busi­ness­woman Jenny Chau heads to Sul­wha­soo Spa to ex­pe­ri­ence its sig­na­ture treat­ment

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style - Pho­tog­ra­phy Gareth brown

Along with be­ing a mother to two young boys, Jenny Chau also works on projects for hus­band Bran­don’s lifestyle busi­ness, the Nob­lesse Lifestyle Group. With the cou­ple now gear­ing up to launch an all-in-one bed stu­dio con­cept at Hori­zon Plaza to pro­vide qual­ity mat­tress and bed­ding so­lu­tions in Hong Kong, Jenny, iron­i­cally enough, finds that sleep is a lux­ury these days.

“I have to wake up early be­cause of my two boys, but I don’t get to sleep early as I’m of­ten catch­ing up on emails at night,” says Jenny, who tries to do most of her work when her boys are in school or af­ter they have gone to bed. “That’s why I love fa­cials and mas­sages; they’re a great way to re­vive tired skin and for me to catch up on rest. I go at least once a week and al­ways feel re­ju­ve­nated af­ter­wards.”

Given her pen­chant for reg­u­lar spa treat­ments, Jenny vis­ited the Sul­wha­soo Spa in Times Square to try out its sig­na­ture Timetrea­sure Ul­ti­mate Ren­o­vat­ing Story treat­ment for the face and body. As a lead­ing Korean lux­ury skin­care brand, Sul­wha­soo’s prod­ucts are for­mu­lated based on philoso­phies of tra­di­tional Korean medicine, and its spa treat­ments are based on the Korean sangseng ethos of main­tain­ing har­mony in the body and mind.

The Timetrea­sure Ul­ti­mate Ren­o­vat­ing Story uses prod­ucts from the brand’s ul­tra lux­u­ri­ous Timetrea­sure range. It be­gins with a foot­bath in­fused with red gin­seng, fol­lowed by a rub­bing rit­ual known as sul­wha­jeong that uses a dry, scented sheet. The ther­a­pist will then start with the fa­cial and will prep the skin with Timetrea­sure Am­poules, a spe­cial serum that is avail­able only at the spa and is mas­saged onto the face and the body with am­ber—a gem­stone said to be rich in yang energy to soothe away any neg­a­tive vibes. The treat­ment is de­signed to en­hance cir­cu­la­tion and re­plen­ish nu­tri­ents to the skin cells to re­vi­talise a dull and tired com­plex­ion. It is fol­lowed by a merid­ian mass­sage, also done with warm am­ber stones. Other treat­ments on the menu use jade or porce­lain as tools, also cho­sen for their ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits.

The ex­pe­ri­ence is fur­ther en­hanced by the var­i­ous el­e­ments of tra­di­tional Korean cul­ture that have been used to cre­ate a re­lax­ing am­bi­ence. The plum blos­som mo­tifs on the wall­pa­per in the Re­lax­ation Lounge form a pat­tern that dates back to the Joseon dy­nasty, while the door that sep­a­rates the re­cep­tion area from the Re­lax­ation Lounge fea­tures a del­i­cate flo­ral pat­tern of­ten used in tem­ples.

Dur­ing the treat­ment, guests can choose be­tween pine, aloes wood, san­dal­wood or prunus mume (Ja­panese apri­cot) es­sen­tial oil as the main scent for their treat­ment, while a warm mug­wort pad is placed on their lower ab­domen for com­fort and tra­di­tional Korean melodies play in the back­ground. Af­ter the treat­ment, guests are guided through the Sangseng Breath­ing rou­tine, which aims to ben­e­fit dif­fer­ent parts of the body.

“I al­ways thought Sul­wha­soo was an el­e­gant brand, so I was in­ter­ested to know more about the treat­ments,” says Jenny. “It’s very easy for moth­ers to for­get about their own well­be­ing. But it’s im­por­tant to take care of your­self and to take pride in your ap­pear­ance.”

With time a pre­cious com­mod­ity, Jenny likes the fact that she can get a mas­sage and a fa­cial done at the spa. “I loved the treat­ment; my skin was glow­ing af­ter the fa­cial, and the merid­ian mas­sage was very com­fort­able and re­lax­ing. It’s a ther­a­peu­tic treat­ment for both the body and mind—and it was a great in­tro­duc­tion to the brand and its prod­ucts.”

Beauty rit­ual From left: Jenny Chau at the Sul­wha­soo Spa’s Re­lax­ation Lounge, wear­ing a dress and belt by Escada; Jenny pre­pares for her spa treat­ment, wear­ing

a robe by La Perla

lux­ury line Prod­ucts from Sul­wha­soo’s Timetrea­sure range

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