De-stress with Sulwhasoo
WHAT Concentrated Ginseng Nourishing Facial (RM288 for 1 hr)
WHERE Sulwhasoo, Parkson Pavilion, KL. Tel: 03 2110 6218
WHY WE LOVE IT Life is all about balance. But we juggle the various hats we wear or stress over trying to relax and unwind. These stresses and other factors don’t just affect us emotionally but physically too. As a result, our skin becomes unbalanced, which is noticeable when the complexion becomes dry or oily with lines or blemishes.
According to ancient Korean tradition, attaining harmony in the mind, body and spirit is key to achieving balance — even for the skin. We’re inclined to take Sulwhasoo’s word for it; they are committed to Korean Herbal Medicinal Skincare, and give their Concentrated Ginseng Nourishing Facial a try. The facial promises to restore the skin through a healing method called Sang-Seng, where Jeong (elements), Gi (energy) and Shin (spirit) are harmonised.
All the luxury holistic brand’s products contain minerals and nutrients. This boosts Jeong in the skin while your therapist’s touch brings warm Gi to the body, thus enabling the skin’s Shin to be at its best.
To start, my therapist uses a process called Sulwhajeong, a concept that originated during the Joseon Dynasty and has been practised by Korean royal families. I get to pick between four scents — pine for stress relief, aloes wood for concentration and focus, sandalwood to alleviate insomnia or prunus mume for relaxation and happiness — which is incorporated into a dry cloth for a face massage. Then, the ritual ensues.
First is a double cleansing method which uses oil to remove any impurities, and then a cleansing foam. This is followed by a few drops of the First Care Activating Serum, sent deep into the skin with the First Care Massage to increase the absorption rate.
What makes this treatment exceptional is the use of jade rings for the facial process. Traditionally, jade is known as a medicinal stone. According to Donguibogam, a Korean medical encyclopaedia, jade has the ability to stimulate skin cells, replenish energy into the skin, increase blood circulation and aid the release of impurities.
Sulwhasoo is also among the pioneer brands championing the use of Korean ginseng in its skincare products. To rebalance the skin, the warm energy of ginseng in the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream is met with the cooling energy of the two jade rings that are used as a massage tool over the face.
But don’t expect to get an extraction during the facial. Sulwhasoo believes in the powers of massage to cleanse the skin. My facialist explains that forced extraction will leave the skin aggravated, not rebalanced.
The process is utterly relaxing but all good things must come to an end, and after a quick back massage, I am immediately invigorated — mind, spirit and skin renewed — and ready to put my best face forward.